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David Spear Biography (1953-)
Born November 23, 1953, in Newark, NJ; son of Jack (a producer and director)and Phyllis (a musician and pianist; maiden name, Gomberg) Spear; married Daniele Baranz (a French teacher), May 4, 1980. Addresses: Home--New YorkCity. Office--c/o American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023.
Spear told CTFT: "I am deeply grateful to Elmer Bernstein who 'discovered' meand took me on as his orchestrator and music director."
- Birth Details
- November 23, 1953
- Newark, New Jersey, United States
Credits; Stage Work
- (London debut) Composer and conductor, Ballet Robotique, Abbey Road Studio, Royal Philharmonic, 1982.
- Conductor and musical director, Merlin, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New YorkCity, 1983.
- Also worked as conductor and musical director, Festival (stage debut), Las Palmas, Los Angeles, CA, and subsequent four month tour at Ford Theatre, Washington, DC, City Center, NY; conductor and musical director, True Romances,Mark Taper Lab Production, Los Angeles, CA; and conductor and musical director, The Sound of Music, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, Los Angeles,CA.
Credits; Film Work
- (Film debut) Composer of source music, Empire of the Ants, American International, 1977.
- Orchestrator, National Lampoon's Animal House, Universal, 1978.
- Composer of source music and three songs, Bloodbrothers, Warner Bros., 1979.
- Source music, The Great Santini, Warner Bros., 1979.
- Orchestrator, Airplane!, Paramount, 1980.
- Composer, Spaceship (also known as Naked Space and The Creature Wasn't Nice), Live Home Video, 1981.
- Complete score, Fear No Evil, Avco-Embassy, 1981.
- Orchestrations, Heavy Metal, Paramount, 1981.
- Honky Tonk Freeway, EMI, 1981.
- Force Five, Media Home Entertainment, 1981.
- Composer, Kiss Daddy Goodbye (also known as Revenge of the Zombie and Vengeful Dead), Genesis Home Video, 1981.
- Ballet Robotique (documentary), 1982.
- An Officer and a Gentleman, Paramount, 1982.
- Composer, Exterminator II, Cannon, 1983.
- Orchestrations, Ghostbusters, Columbia, 1984.
- Orchestrations, My Science Project, Buena Vista, 1985.
- Composer, Rainbow War, 1985.
- Composer, No Retreat, No Surrender II, Shapiro-Glickenhaus, 1989.
- Composer, Mortuary Academy, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1992.
- Composer, Pentathlon, Live Home Video, 1994.
- Orchestrations, Alaska, Columbia, 1996.
- Also work on Misdeal; Mad Shadows (ballet filmed by CBC); The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Roger Tilton Films; The Late Great Planet Earth; composer, The Ceremony, UCLA Film Department production; Mr.
- Strowger and the Automatic Telephone, General Telephone Productions; Soap, Scents, and the Hard, Hard Sell, Al Higgins Productions; Let's Do Somethingfor Ecology, Producers Associates; It All Goes By So Fast, Producers Associates; score composer, Moviola, Warner Bros.; and composer and conductor, Our British Columbia.
Credits; Television Work; Series
- Music, Delta House, Universal Television, ABC, 1979.
- Music, The American Dream, Universal Television, 1981.
- Also work on The Optimist (British series).
Credits; Television Work; Movies
- Music, The Ratings Game, Showtime, 1984.
Credits; Television Work; Specials
- Music director, Live From Planet Earth, HBO, 1987.
- Music, The Triumph of Memory, PBS, 1989.
- Music, Public Enemy Number 2, Showtime, 1991.
- Also work on source music, Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn, NBC, and "Golden Honeymoon," American Short Story, PBS.
- Music composer and conductor, Our British Columbia (from the original motion picture), Exposition Records, 1986.
- Also work on Festival (cast album).
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