Alumni nominated for 2019 Emmy Awards

Marco Beltrami. Photo courtesy of the artist

In the National Geographic documentary film Free Solo, by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold attempts to climb El Capitan—a 3,000-foot, perfectly vertical granite wall in Yosemite National Park—without ropes or safety gear of any kind. The music for Free Solo, by YSM alumnus Marco Beltrami ’91MM and Brandon Roberts, is full of tension and solemnity and connects viewers to the determination Honnold has in surplus and the protective fear he seems inexplicably not to have. The film’s cinematography offers all the perspective a viewer needs to appreciate that there is absolutely no room for error in the challenge Honnold has undertaken, while the music is full of the consequences he faces. For their contributions to the film, Beltrami and Roberts have been nominated for a 2019 Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score)” category.

Thomas Newman. Photo courtesy of the artist

Thomas Newman ’77BA ’78MM is also up for a 2019 Emmy Award. Newman’s score for the Hulu series Castle Rock, created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason and inspired by the fictional setting Stephen King created for many of his stories, was nominated in the “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music” category. Newman’s foreboding music is a confirmation of what’s already known: that uncomfortable and frightening things await the viewer in Castle Rock.

Beltrami and Newman work in the world of film and television scoring, adding dimensions to stories that aim at the visceral. In addition to Free Solo, Beltrami has scored the Scream movies, A Quiet Place, and the 2019 TV series The Twilight Zone, to name just a handful. This Emmy nomination is his second. Newman has composed music for The Shawshank RedemptionRevolutionary RoadThe Help, and many other films. This Emmy nomination is his third. He won an Emmy in 2002 for his theme music for HBO’s Six Feet Under. For Beltrami and Newman, whose often-anonymous music has its audiences in movie theaters and living rooms around the world, awards like the Emmy are a public round of applause.

Winners of the 2019 Emmy Awards will be announced on Sunday, September 22.

Featured photo: Alex Honnold makes the first free solo ascent of El Capitan’s Freerider in Yosemite National Park, Calif. (National Geographic/Jimmy Chin)

Published August 2, 2019
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Marco Beltrami: Interview with Composers From The Musical Anatomy of a Superhero Panel At SDCC

Watch Play Read | By Kaitlyn Booth

One of the cooler things I got to do was take part in my first press room. It was for a panel called Musical Anatomy of a Superhero. I’ve been trying to find a copy of the panel which is why this is so late but I’ve been unable to do so. I got the opportunity to talk to the composers behind our favorite movies in science fiction and superhero movies and television shows. The interviews themselves don’t have the best audio for the questions so I pulled the best ones from each interview and you can learn a bit about the music behind some of your favorite media.

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Marco Beltrami is a Grammy nominated composer who has worked on many projects across many genres including Snowpiercer, The Wolverine, Scream, Mimic, Fantastic Four, and World War Z. He is often seen a genre innovator since his unconventional score for Scream. He has used many different objects to achieve this unique sound such as gnashing animal teeth for World War Z and an outdoor “wind piano” made from nearly 200 feet of wire for The Homesman. MORE

Published August 19, 2015
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Composer Marco Beltrami Provides His Musical Gifts For “The Giver”


“This film was unique in that I wrote the main theme to the movie before they had shot it.”

Examiner.comBy Danny Gonzalez

What can I say about composer Marco Beltrami? Academy Award nominee for his brilliant work on both “The Hurt Locker”, which won Best Picture in 2010, and the terrific remake of “3:10 To Yuma” starring Oscar Winners Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. He redefined the horror genre with his classic horror music for “Scream”, “The Woman In Black”, “The Faculty”, “Dracula 2000”, “The Thing” and “Mimic”[…]

Truthfully, I don’t think that there isn’t a genre of film that Marco isn’t capable of tackling and whose music would no doubt make that particular film that much better. What makes him so special is that his music just gets better and better with time and that is why directors such as Tommy Lee Jones, Alex Proyas, James Mangold, Len Wiseman and of course, Wes Craven will always call upon him to be their go to musical voice of both movie logic and reason. Every musical note counting for something special for each scene his baton is raised in the air conducting on the scoring stage. MORE

Published August 26, 2014
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Decoding The Sounds Of AMC’s Spy Series, ‘Turn’

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The last time Marco Beltrami talked with Soundcheck, the fate of humanity rested in the balance. We were all facing the zombie apocalypse. (Again.) But inspired perhaps by Marco’s dramatic soundtrack, the world was saved in the movie World War Z, so that left the composer free to tackle a subject closer to home — though further away in time.

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, the well-traveled composer discusses his latest music project, the new AMC TV series, Turn, about America’s first spy ring.


Published April 9, 2014
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Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami on navigating his way through ‘World War Z’

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By Melinda Newman

POZNAN, POLAND—Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami recently found himself in a rather unenviable position, caught between “World War Z’s” producer/star Brad Pitt, director Marc Forster and Paramount Studios as the different factions clashed over the direction and tone of the zombie action pic.

He kept his head down and tried to serve all his masters, including writing two score for the same picture. Luckily, things normally go a little smoother for the Yale School of Music graduate, who broke into the business by scoring a number of horror movies, including “Scream,” “Scream 2,” Halloween H20,” “Resident Evil,” but has expanded to all genres. He has scored TV series, including “The Practice,” as well as “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Hurt Locker,” “A Good Day To Die Hard,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “The Wolverine,” and the upcoming remake  of “Carrie” and Tommy Lee Jones’ new film, “The Homesman.”

After teaching a master class at the Transatlantyk Festival here, Beltrami sat down with Hitfix to discuss navigating the “WWZ” waters and his upcoming projects. MORE

Published November 14, 2013
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Original score soundtrack to “Carrie,” by Marco Beltrami ’91MM, released this week

marcobeltrami-2013Earlier this week, Sony Classical announced the international digital release of the original score from the motion picture Carrie on October 21, 2013. The soundtrack is composed by Marco Beltrami ’91MM, who is renowned for scoring horror films and has received two Academy Award nominations. The film was released nationwide on Friday, October 18.

New York-born Beltrami studied at the Yale School of Music and in Italy, before studying film composition under Jerry Goldsmith. His career began with the soundtrack of the thriller Death Match in 1994, and he gained recognition for his work on horror films such as Mimic (1997), The Woman in Black (2012), and all four films in the Scream series (1995–2011). He has also composed two soundtracks for the Die Hard franchise: Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. MORE

Published October 25, 2013
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Oscar Nominations for Yale graduates

Composer Maury Yeston and his wife at the premiere of <em>Nine</em>.

Composer Maury Yeston and his wife, Julianne Waldhelm, at the premiere of the movie "Nine."

Several graduates of the Yale School of Music have distinguished themselves as film composers. This year’s Oscar nominations featured two Yale alumni: Marco Beltrami ’91MM and Maury Yeston ’67BA, ’74PhD.

Marco Beltrami ’91MM and Buck Sanders were nominated for Best Score for The Hurt Locker; he was previously nominated for the score to 3:10 to Yuma. He has written scores for many other films, particularly horror and action including the Scream movies; I, Robot; Blade II; Hellboy; and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Maury Yeston ’67BA; ’74PhD was nominated for Best Song, for “Take it All” from Nine. Yeston is a graduate of Yale College, earned his PhD from the Yale Department of Music, and taught in the Department for several years. He wrote the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical Nine in 1982, and worked with director Rob Marshall to adapt the show for film. Read a Q&A with Yeston about this process here.

Published February 2, 2010
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