Magazine article International Musician

Lambro Recalls the Highs and Lows of Hollywood

Magazine article International Musician

Lambro Recalls the Highs and Lows of Hollywood

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In the worlds of both symphonic music and film scoring, Phillip Lambro of Local 47 (Los Angeles) has earned a stellar reputation after more than 50 years as a composer and passionate advocate for innovation in contemporary music.

After a premiere from The Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 24, Lambro was poised to make a huge splash in composing. His career straddled the boundary between Hollywood film musk and pieces for the concert hall. His brushes with fame and frustration with conservative directors and the movie-making establishment are detailed in his recent book, Close Encounters of the Worst Kind.

Lambro is also currently at work on a second volume entitled Intimate Acquaintances, which chronicles his career in classical music and his experiences with conductors, soloists, and other music-makers. "I've been blessed," he says. "It's difficult to make music today, even more than it was 40 or 50 years ago."

He recounts some of those difficulties in Close Encounters, including disagreements with the producers of Chinatown and the decision to discard and replace his score for the film. Lambro felt he never fit in with the Hollywood establishment and suffered for it. "Ghostwriters, orchestrators, sketch artists-I couldn't live with that," he says. "I do all my own work, and my music lives for the truth."

As he writes about his career, Lambro's work is undergoing a late-career resurgence in the popularity. The Film Music of Phillip Lambro released in 2006 has entered the Top 10 on FilmMusic.com. The CD compiles scores that Lambro completed long ago, ones he never expected to be revived. …

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