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Directors Your favorite film composers

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Kirk Tsai, May 26, 2003.

  1. Kirk Tsai

    Kirk Tsai Well-Known Member

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    Listening again to the RCA Gerhardt series, and realize how much I love film music. So here's my favorite composers, and my favorite five (if they have done so much) scores of theirs in order.

    1. John Williams -- The Empire Strikes Back, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Superman: The Movie, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars: A New Hope

    2. Erich Wolfgang Korngold -- Adventures of Robin Hood, King's Row, The Constant Nymph, Escape Me Never, The Sea Wolf

    3. Bernard Herrmann -- Vertigo, Three Worlds of Gulliver, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Jason and the Argunauts, Cape Fear

    4. Ennio Morricone -- The Mission, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good Bad and Ugly, The Legend of 1900, Cinema Paradiso

    5. Franz Waxman -- Prince Valiant, Bride of Frankenstein, Taras Bulba, Sunset Boulevard, Spirit of St. Louis

    6. Sergei Prokofiev -- Alexander Nevsky, Ivan The Terrible I & II

    7. James Horner -- Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Glory, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams

    8. Elmer Bernstein -- To Kill a Mockingbird, Age of Innocence, The Great Escape, Far From Heaven, The Ten Commandments

    9. John Barry -- Dances With Wolves, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Somewhere in Time, Raise the Titanic, You Only Live Twice

    10. Patrick Doyle -- Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Dead Again, Great Expectations, A Little Princess
     
  2. Rand

    Rand Well-Known Member

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    Well, let's see, how about:

    Bernard Herrmann - The Ghost and Mrs Muir

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold - King's Row

    Franz Waxman - Peyton Place

    Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven

    Dimitri Tiomkin - The Alamo

    Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Randy Edelman - The Last of the Mohicans

    Danny Elfman - Edward Scissorhands

    Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    John Barry - Dances With Wolves
     
  3. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Well-Known Member

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    Bernard Herrmann and Carl Stalling.

    Also, I love the silent film scores of Carl Davis and Robert Israel.
     
  4. SteveGon

    SteveGon Well-Known Member

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    I pretty much enjoy the work of all of the composers already listed.

    One not mentioned is Zbigniew Preisner who is best known for his work with Krzysztof Kieslowski. I recently picked up the soundtrack to The Decalogue and like it quite a bit. [​IMG]
     
  5. Jack Briggs

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    Don't forget Max Steiner.
     
  6. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Well-Known Member

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    No list of film composers would be complete without...

    Jerome Moross - The Big Country

    I also like -

    Gabriel Yared - Map of the Human Heart, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Vangelis - Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise

    Of the composers already listed, favorites include

    Ennio Moriconne
    Bernard Hermann
    Max Steiner
    Franz Waxman
    Angelo Badalamenti
    John Barry

    - Walter.
     
  7. Jim_K

    Jim_K Well-Known Member

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    Some favorites already mentioned

    Bernard Herrmann
    Ennio Morricone
    John Williams
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Elmer Bernstein
    John Barry
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Danny Elfman



    and some favorites not previously mentioned

    Akira Ifukube
    Basil Poledouris
     
  8. Justin Doring

    Justin Doring Well-Known Member

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    My list of favorite film composers is fairly predictable:

    John Barry
    Elmer Bernstein
    Bruce Broughton
    Patrick Doyle
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Bernard Herrmann
    Maurice Jarre
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Jerome Moross
    Ennio Morricone
    Alfred Newman
    Alex North
    Basil Poledouris
    Miklós Rózsa
    Max Steiner
    Dimitri Tiomkin
    Franz Waxman
    John Williams
     
  9. Pascal A

    Pascal A Well-Known Member

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    Along the same vein as Zbigniew Preisner's work with Krzysztof Kieslowski, I am genuinely impressed by Eleni Karaindrou's work for Theo Angelopoulos' films. I don't know if this makes any sense, but her evocative, melancholic compositions make me "feel deeply". Anyway, she's consider a national treasure of sorts in Greece, and is often referred to as the "The Tenth Muse". I love her work.

    Another one is Michael Nyman, particularly his compositions for Patrice Leconte's Monsieur Hire and The Hairdresser's Husband, and also Andrew Niccol's Gattaca.
     
  10. Simon_Lepine

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    I like all the usual suspects like Herrmann, Morricone et the others mentioned in this thread, just wanted to add some horror composers I like, namely John Carpenter and Goblin
     
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    Lew Crippen Well-Known Member

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    I too like most of the usual suspects. To those already mentioned, I’ll add

    Nino Rota
     
  12. Brook K

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    And I'll add Joe Hisiashi who writes the wonderful scores for Hayao Miyazaki's films and has also done several for Takashi Kitano.

    Toru Takamitsu, especially Woman In The Dunes

    Peer Raben, who did most of Fassbinder's scores

    Popol Vuh, especially Aguirre The Wrath of God and Heart Of Glass

    Ravi Shankar, Pather Panchali, other Ray films, Charley
     
  13. Dennis

    Dennis Well-Known Member

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    Two of my many faves:

    Giorgio Moroder - Midnight Express, American Gigolo, Scarface, Top Gun.

    Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer, Thief, The Soldier, Risky Business, Legend, Three O'Clock High
     
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    John Williams is by far my favorite film composer. I love most of his scores, but my favorite is definitely The Empire Strikes Back.

    Other favorites include:

    John Barry - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Danny Elfman - Edward Scissorhands
    Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    James Horner - Braveheart
    Alan Menken - Beauty and the Beast
    Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Hans Zimmer - The Lion King
     
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    Personally I like the theme music Williams creates but don't care for his overall score most of the time.
     
  16. Steve Christou

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    My top two...

    Jerry Goldsmith

    Bernard Herrmann

    Others I enjoy listening to...

    John Williams
    John Barry
    James Horner
    Howard Shore
    Ennio Morricone
    Basil Poledouris
    Danny Elfman
    Miklos Rozsa
    Dimitri Tiomkin
    Elmer Bernstein
    Maurice Jarre
     
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    Bill McA Well-Known Member

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    Ennio Morricone
    Angelo Badalamenti
    Ennio Morricone
    Michael Nyman
    Ennio Morricone
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Ennio Morricone
    Maurice Jarre
    Ennio Morricone
    Tangerine Dream
    Ennio Morricone
    Bernard Herrmann
    Ennio Morricone
    Mario Nascimbene
    Ennio Morricone
    Georges Delerue
    Ennio Morricone
    Gabriel Yared
    Ennio Morricone
    Philip Glass
    Ennio Morricone
    Vangelis
    Ennio Morricone

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Angelo.M

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    After Capturing the Friedmans, I'm eager to hear what Morricone's son (sorry, I can't recall his first name; embarrassing) has in store. Talk about a hauntingly gorgeous score.
     
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    Vangelis



    Bernard Herrmann
    Ennio Morricone
    Max Steiner
    Danny Elfman
    Rachel Portman
    Randy Newman
    Tan Dun
    Zhao Jiping
     
  20. Tim Glover

    Tim Glover Well-Known Member

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    John Williams
    Howard Shore
    James Horner
    Hans Zimmer
    James Newton Howard
    John Barry
     

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