Favorite movie composer??

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  1. Chuck Mayer

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    Please include your favorite work of his or hers...movie and SPECIFIC piece. They might not be the same...
    Composer: John Williams, James Horner (when he is good, he is great), some Hans Zimmer (Prince of Egypt and Gladiator - although that was really Lisa Gerrard), and a little Moby[​IMG]
    Movie: Glory
    Piece: Journey to the Line, from The Thin Red Line and the Pearl Harbor Trailer(s)
    I know I am missing some classic names, but I am young and misguided.
    Curious,
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  2. Dave L

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    Alfred Newman and Ken Darby for "How the West Was Won"

    Specific piece? Tough. For Newman, it would be the title theme, for his associate, Darby, it would be the Overture, Entr'acte, and Exit choral/song montages.
     
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    No one beats John Williams. The man is simply the best at what he does. There are some others work that I enjoy as well: Trevor Jones, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, James Horner (sometimes) and Elliot Goldenthal.
     
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    Let's see now...
    Hans Zimmer ('Roll Tide' from Crimson Tide)
    John Williams ('Duel of the Fates' from The Phantom Menace)
    Cliff Eidelman ('Overture' from Star Trek VI)
    Andrew Powell ('Main Title' and 'She Was Sad At First' from Ladyhawke)
    Joseph LoDuca ('Building the Deathcoaster' from Army of Darkness)
    John Debney ('Run Llama Run' from The Emperor's New Groove)
     
  5. Kristian

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    I like the work of several composers, but in my mind, no one comes close to John Williams.

    My favorite score of his would have to be The Empire Strikes Back. It's got everything, from a dark unforgettable march ("The Imperial March") to some of the most thrilling action cues ("The Battle of Hoth", "The Asteroid Field") to one of the finest love themes ever composed for a film ("Han Solo and the Princess").
     
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    Ennio Morricone
    Just about everything he has ever composed...but a special mention for his 1986 score for The Mission
     
  7. Peter Apruzzese

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    Greatest ever: Bernard Herrmann . Especially for Vertigo, Psycho, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver. And about 40 others... [​IMG]
    Other greats: Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jerry Goldsmith, Howard Shore, John Williams, John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Alex North, Franz Waxman, Frank Skinner, Hans J. Salter, Henry Mancini, James Bernard.
     
  8. Steve Christou

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    My two favorite film composers are Bernard Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith.

    Other favorites include...

    John Williams

    James Horner

    John Barry

    Danny Elfman

    Basil Poledouris

    Ennio Morricone

    Miklos Rozsa

    Dimitri Tiomkin

    Max Steiner

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Looking at my files I have more Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack's than any other film composers or pop/rock artists, 48 albums/CDs.
     
  9. Brad_W

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    John Williams - The Imperial March: The Empire Strikes Back

    John Williams - Binary Sunset: A New Hope

    John Williams - Duel of the Fates: The Phantom Menace

    John Williams - The softer End Theme to Jurassic Park

    Alan Silvestri - Small Moves: Contact

    Ennio Morricone - A Heart Beats In Space: Mission To Mars

    Tan Dun - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: CTHD

    Hans Zimmer - River Lullaby (score): The Prince of Egypt

    Christopher Young - Hellraiser Theme: Hellbound: Hellraiser 2

    James Horner - Take Her To Sea, Mr. Murdoch: Titanic

    James Horner - The Secret Wedding: Braveheart

    John Corigliano - Coitus Musicalis; Victoria's Departure: The Red Violin

    John Corigliano - Pope's Concert: The Red Violin

    Vince DiCola - Autobot/Decepticon Battle: The Transformers The Movie

    I also enjoy Composers:

    Jerry Goldsmith

    Danny Elfman

    and many others.
     
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    Bernard Hermann - Taxi Driver, Psycho, Vertigo, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and many more.

    Popol Vuh - Aguirre The Wrath of God, Nosferatu: The Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo

    Goblin - Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Tenebrae
     
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    Bernard Hermann - Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho
     
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    John Williams - Darth Vader's theme, Duel of the fates
     
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    I think John Williams really has cornered the market. My favourite scored section is still The Asteroid Field in Empire, followed by the penultimate cue leading up to R2 fixing the hyperdrive and them escaping.

    A haunting theme for me is Brad Fidel's less electronic version of the Terminator theme that appears in T2.

    Danny Elfman is always very impressive - the Batman theme rocks!
     
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    I would say Williams up until a few years ago but I've not liked his newer stuff.

    Still entranced by his work for The Fellowship Of The Rings, I'd have to put Howard Shore right up there.
     
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    Tangerine Dream...doh! Actually I think their score for William Friedkin's Sorcerer is pretty damn good, inventive and interesting.
    John Corigliano's score for Altered States is some fantastically wild bestial music.
    ..as is Jerry Goldsmith's Planet of the Apes score, great stuff.
     
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    I also forgot Maurice Jarre and his composition for Lawrence of Arabia
     
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    John Williams - "The Imperial March" in The Empire Strikes Back
    John Williams - "Binary Sunset" in Star Wars
    John Williams - "The Rebel Fleet/End Title" in The Empire Strikes Back
    John Williams - "Raider's March" in Raiders of the Lost Ark
    John Williams - "Jaw's Theme"? in Jaws
    James Horner - "Charge on Fort Wagner" in Glory
    James Horner - "Preparations for Battle" in Glory
    James Horner - "Lonely Christmas" in Glory
    James Horner - "Gift of a Thistle" in Braveheart
    James Horner - "For the Love of a Princess" in Braveheart
    James Horner - "Rose" in Titanic
    The Rocky Orchestra - "Gotta Fly Now" in Rocky
    Vince DiCola - "Training Montage" in Rocky IV
    The other John Williams - "La Cavatina" in The Deer Hunter
     
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    Composer
    Bernard Herrmann; Sergei Prokofiev; Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
    Movie
    Vertigo; The Devil & Daniel Webster; The Ghost & Mrs. Muir; Citizen Kane; Psycho (Bernard Herrmann).
    Alexander Nevsky; Ivan the Terrible I & II (Sergei Prokofiev).
    Kings Row; The Sea Wolf; The Adventures of Robin Hood (Erich Wolfgang Korngold).
    The Big Country (Jerome Moross)
    Things to Come (Arthur Bliss).
    Piece (limited to one per composer)
    "Battle on the Ice", Alexander Nevsky (Sergei Prokofiev) [Perhaps the single most amazing work ever composed for a motion picture.]
    "The Miser's Waltz", The Devil & Daniel Webster (Bernard Herrmann)
    "March of the Merry Men", The Adventures of Robin Hood (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
    "Main Title", The Big Country (Jerome Moross)
    "Fagin's Romp", Oliver Twist (Arnold Bax)
    "The Tennis Match", Strangers on a Train, (Dimitri Tiomkin).
    And too many damn more to mention...[​IMG]
     
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    My favorite composer is Bernard Herrmann, and he's got so many brilliant cues to choose from that it'd be hard to single anything out. But I'll try.

    Favorite score: FAHRENHEIT 451

    Favorite cue: "By the Fireside" from VERTIGO.

    --Bill
     

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