Basil Poledouris (1945 - )

Basil Polodouris was born on August 21th, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended USC where he studied both film and music composition. He is widely known for his musical scores, most often as movie soundtracks. He is responsible for such great works as the soundtracks to: The Hunt for Red October, Conan the Barbarian (my favorite!), The Perfect Storm, Flesh and Blood and Farewell to the King, just to name a few.

His most impressive characteristic is that he is the only well-known movie composer around today that has experience in both film techniques and music composition.

Basil gained world-wide renown in 1996, when he performed his original piece, "Tradition of the Games"(similar to the Conan score in style), in front of millions of television viewers and spectators at the opening of the Olympics in Atlanta.

Overall, he is a marvelous composer with a wide range of musical soundtracks under his belt, from action/suspense movies, to children's films and romance flicks. I would personally recommend the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack, it's excellent.

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