Ralph Grierson (born on June 23, 1942 near Vancouver) began studying music at the age of five and also studied at the University of Southern California up until he was 20.
He played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, has worked with conductors, composers and musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Aaron Copland, Steve Reich, Morton Subotnick and Pinchas Zukerman.
Grierson is a talented composer. He works on a wide variety of keyboard instruments: classical piano, harpsichord and synthesizers.
This episode homes in on the horror trilogy written in 1981: Oliver Stone's The Hand, Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing and Michael Wadleigh's Wolfen. If you have information that can supplement this episode, please do not hesitate to contact us. This episode covers the following scores: The Hand (1981) Deadly Blessing (1981) Wolfen (1981) After the two monster movies he did for Roger Corman, Up From The Depths (1979) and Humanoids From The Deep (1980), not surprisingly, James Horner was starting to be typecast as a horror movie guy. “I worked for Roger Corman at New World Pictures and various other independents until I got my first
What a lovely and fitting coincidence to have both scores composed by James Horner for the adventures of Jack Ryan released in extended versions within a month. Indeed, after Clear And Present Danger (1994) in June from Intrada, it was La-La Land Records’ turn to offer us Patriot Games (1992), which contains more than thirty minutes of previously unreleased music. This is an underestimated score and, despite its cold aspect (the horns and Tony Hinnigan’s pipes and flutes are not present) and some less accessible electro-percussive parts, Patriot Games deserves a second chance. The strength of this new limited edition of
While Intrada released a 2-CD set of Clear And Present Danger a few days ago, La-La Land Records has just announced the very soon release of another Horner 2-CD album. But not any new album, as it concerns the previous opus of Jack Ryan's adventures, Patriot Games. In this score, James Horner is very close to the spirit and colors of Thunderheart in his approach on both Celtic traditional instruments (violin, flute, bodhran, drum) and synthetic materials. Maggie Boyle's voice depicts the Irish culture and the synths performed by Ralph Grierson and Ian Underwood serve the tension and the action of
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