Gerard Schurmann, Film and TV Composer, Dies at 96

Gerard Schurmann, whose 1960s film scores included “The Bedford Incident” and “Dr.

Syn, Alias the Scarecrow” but who also composed extensively for the concert hall, died March 24 at his home in the Hollywood Hills.

The cause of death was not announced; he was 96.Schurmann’s death was announced by his music publisher, Novello & Co.

Ltd., in London.

Said James Rushton, head of Novello’s Wise Music Group: “Gerard will be much missed – a man and musician of the highest caliber, who expressed himself, whether through his music or in conversation, with the firmest conviction.

He understood so very well about writing for the orchestra, and for instruments generally, but unusually knew how to employ the orchestra both in the concert hall and also for film.

He wrote for both with such facility.”The composer’s death came just a few months after Chandos released a collection of newly recorded suites from his film work,

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