Dominic Frontiere (1931-2017) : a brief remembrance by: GF Willmetts.

December 28, 2017 | By | Reply More

It was brought to my attention today that composer Dominic Frontiere died shortly before Christmas at the age of 86. Wikipedia notes 19 TV series themes and 19 films although IMdB notes many more.

It is with his TV series that he should be remembered most for specific SF shows. ‘The Outer Limits’ (1963), ‘The Invaders’ (1967) and one I’ve mentioned a few times over the years, ‘Search’ (1973). I’ve put two links here. Have a listen and realise how distinct they are from one and other. Oddly, none of these are available on CD, well except ‘The Outer Limits’, although many of his filmworks are. In 1980, he won a Golden Globe for his music to the film ‘The Stunt Man’.

Sadly, after checking on availability, most of his works are in a price range of the rich, mostly I suspect because they’ve never been reprinted which is a shame. Even some of his films have suffered the same expensive fate. I suspect one day, one of the CD houses will remember him and do re-issues. At least I got a copy of his ‘Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold’ (1975) soundtrack CD in my collection.

Dominic Frontiere is part of SF music culture and it would be a shame not to remember his music for a moment.

GF Willmetts

December 2017


Category: Culture, Music/Audio

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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