SCL mourns David Raksin

August 18, 2004


August 4, 1912 - August 9, 2004

The Society of Composers & Lyricists community grieves the loss of our friend and colleague, legendery composer, teacher, mentor, past CLGA President, past SCL Board Member, and SCL Advisory Board Member David Raksin, who died of heart failure at the age of 92 in Los Angeles. He is survived by two children and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service will be announced later.

From SCL President Dan Foliart:David was one of the true pioneers of film music and we were fortunate to have him with us for such a long time, sharing his wisdom and insight into our profession. The Evening With David Raksin, put together by Ray Colcord and the SCL in July 2001 will always be one of my personal highlights in this organization, and those of you who served on the board with him will remember the recollections David shared with us, as well as his score analysis of The Redeemer. Besides being one of the most renowned composers of all time, he proudly served as one of our esteemed Advisory Board members and was a former President of our parent group, the CLGA.

About David Raksin, check the SCL website-David Raksin,

About David Raksin, the SCA to CLGA to SCL, check the SCL website-From SCA to CLGA to SCL,

"Most people say that life is a matter of living in harmony and, of course, it isn’t. For me, it’s a matter of counterpoint. That’s the way I think." David Raksin, 1991. From REFLECTIONS ON A CREATIVE LIFE: David Raksin in Conversation with James Di Pasquale, published in SCL’s THE SCORE, 1991.

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