Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen
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Male ♂
Job: Composer
Composer emeritus
Birth date: March 28, 1941 (1941-03-28) (age 76)
Number of episodes: Actual: 604
Credited: 614
First episode: "Treehouse of Horror"
Most recent episode: Actual: "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me"
Credited: "Homer Is Where the Art Isn't"

Alf Clausen (born March 28, 1941) is an American composer who has scored every episode of The Simpsons except for the 13 episodes of Season 1 and four early Season 2 episodes. He has been the sole composer on the show since 1992, with his first episode being "Treehouse of Horror". Clausen has scored or orchestrated music for more than 30 films and television shows, including Moonlighting, The Naked Gun, ALF, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. He was also interviewed in The Simpsons: Access All Areas and The Simpsons: America's First Family.

Awards include two Emmy awards, twenty-seven Emmy nominations, three Annie Awards, three Annie nominations, three International Monitor Awards, Grammy and CLIO nominations, Honorary Doctor of Music Degree-Berklee College of Music, Honorary Doctor of Music Degree-North Dakota State University, Alumnus Recognition Award-Berklee College of Music, “One of Top 50 Alumni” Award-Berklee College of Music, the Alumni Achievement Award-North Dakota State University, the “1:00 O'Clock” Award-North Texas State University, two National Endowment For The Arts Composition Fellowship Grants, and seven times recipient of the ASCAP Popular Award For Music Composition. He is also a recipient of several ASCAP Film and Television Music awards.

On August 30, 2017, Alf Clausen told Variety that he had been fired from the show as they wanted "a different kind of music".[1] Clausen's last official episode as main composer was "Whistler's Father", although he also composed music for the song "Nobody Knows Hans Moleman" in the episode "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me". However, he is still credited as "composer emeritus", an honorary credit.


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