I suppose I'll try this, most of my classical music replies get buried or unanswered but I would like to continue the discussion that appeared in the Beatles thread. Classical Music referring to the span from Gregorian chant to modern, not just the "Classical" period, just to get that thing out of the way I would not deny Dvorak's No. 9 influence but also add the lesser known(not really in most CM circles) Holst's The Planets, both influencing modern soundtrack music for sure. See (John Williams). I only stated J.S. Bach for the mere fact, if you are truly familiar with his work, you will hear it in almost everything, melody speaking. I'll start with the above two comments and see what goes from here, I do get excited when somebody else has actually heard..