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#1152098 - 10/30/07 01:32 PM Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Mine would have to be Thomas Newman. He has a knack for writing incredibly gorgeous themes. My favorite works of his are Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Erin Brokovich (sp?), Road To Perdition, and Green Mile.

His music really carries a movie to a much higher level. \:\)

I suggest to anybody enjoying soundtracks to give these a try.
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#1152099 - 10/30/07 08:14 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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I must admit having a soft spot for John Williams, to me his music is instantly recognisable and his orchestrations are usually very lush. Virtually everyone knows a movie theme that he has written, and that's no mean feat....

I do enjoy Thomas Newman though, and I think Shawshank especially is quite interesting as it adds to the atmosphere of the film without being too intrusive, and yet manages to be really original at the same time which is what scoring to accompany picture is all about.

I must admit though, that when I go to the cinema to see a film I really concentrate hard on the score, and I am finding more and more with a lot of the newer up and coming film composers that they ultimately lack a unique voice - went to see Stardust at the weekend, and although the music fit the film it just sounded like any other fantasy movie and didn't really bowl me over. Oh well, not that I could do any better....
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#1152100 - 10/30/07 08:27 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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#1152101 - 10/30/07 08:33 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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I may be too old for this ( ;\) ), but I still love Alan Menken's musicals. Newsies, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZEAKTc4Y4

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#1152102 - 10/30/07 08:42 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Yeah, I have to agree about Thomas Newman? Give the Angels in America theme a listen. It shows that there are still new things you can do with an orchestra. He provides originality in a music genre that really needs it! And his melodies are great..
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#1152103 - 10/31/07 11:03 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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I like all the above but also really like John Barry.

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#1152104 - 10/31/07 12:54 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Barry's hallmarks are the Bond films. I have some of his own compositions also that were presumably written for his own pleasure, and they are instantly recognisable, very easy to listen to and quite nice indeed.
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#1152105 - 10/31/07 01:58 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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A few of my faves:

Alan Silvestri - Forrest Gump
Vangelis - Blade Runner, The Bounty
Yann Tiersen - Amelie
John Williams - Star Wars, Memoirs of a Geisha, numerous others...

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#1152106 - 10/31/07 02:19 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Hans Zimmer, of course ;\)
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#1152107 - 10/31/07 02:43 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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ddh, Hans Zimmer's "Crimson Tide" is one of my all-time favorites. Stunning!!!

Alan Silvestri's "Forrest Gump" is also a lesson in melodic writing. Simple & elegant. The theme for Forrest Gump supposedly came to him in 10 min. Wow!
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#1152108 - 10/31/07 08:43 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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I like Silvestri, too. The Contact soundstrack was very good.

And although we're talking soundtracks and not songs, I have to mention a towering genius of movie songwriting:

Randy Newman.
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#1152109 - 11/01/07 07:24 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Ahh, Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis is outstanding, one I forgot to mention is Ennio Morricone...

I absolutely love the music in Cinema Paradiso
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#1152110 - 11/01/07 08:50 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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I also like Yann Tiersen, John Barry and John Williams.
Another one for me is Zbigniew Preisner.

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#1152111 - 11/01/07 09:03 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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I have Preisner's Requiem for my Friend and 10 Easy piano pieces, which I love. Which films did he write for?
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#1152112 - 11/01/07 09:45 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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1. Ennio Morricone's "Once Upon a Time in America"
2. Ennio Morricone's "The Mission"
3. Ennio Morricone's "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso"
4. Randy Newman's "Ragtime"
5. Ennio Morricone's "Legend of 1900"
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#1152113 - 11/01/07 11:28 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Hans Zimmer (I will confess to really liking the Muppet Treasure Island soundtrack enormously)

Mike Oldfield (Okay, he only did ONE soundtrack "The Killing Fields", but he's one of my all-time favorites, so I have to mention him!)

James Horner (yes, "Titanic" can still make me cry.)

Yann Tiersen (Amelie and Goodbye, Lenin)

Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, which is currently one of my favorite soundtracks).
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#1152114 - 11/01/07 11:50 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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And how could I forget Vangelis, whose "The Bounty" and "Bladerunner" soundtracks are simply stunning?
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#1152115 - 11/01/07 09:41 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Aaaggh! I can't believe I forgot Mark Knopfler, too, my favorite rock star! "Local Hero" is beautiful, as is "The Princess Bride."
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#1152116 - 11/01/07 09:50 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Heaven & Earth - Kitaro
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#1152117 - 11/02/07 05:25 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Originally posted by stavroski:
I have Preisner's Requiem for my Friend and 10 Easy piano pieces, which I love. Which films did he write for? [/b]
Preisner's most famous scores are probably for Dekalog, The Three Colours Trilogy, Aberdeen, The Last September, The Secret Garden, The Double Life of Veronique and Fairytale.

I would recormmend the album 'Preisner's Music', which is a compilation of pieces from his film scores, recorded live underground in a Polish salt mine!

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#1152118 - 11/13/07 02:30 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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So many..2 not mentioned..Mark Isham, Trevor Rabic..
Isham is just plan good, Trevors score on National Teasure is great, especially the rythyms...

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#1152119 - 11/15/07 11:53 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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John Williams

John Ottman (just for The Usual Suspects soundtrack!)
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#1152120 - 11/16/07 09:53 AM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi (there's not a chance I spelled both of those correctly by memory).
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#1152121 - 11/16/07 01:13 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Just some film composers/soundtracks off the top of my head I like are Bernard Herrmann (Fahrenheit 451, Vertigo, Taxi Driver), Georges Delerue (Day for Night, A Little Romance), John Barry (Walkabout and Somewhere in Time), and more recently the soundtrack to The Thin Red Line by Hans Zimmer

Fahrenheit 451

The video quality of this clip is not that great, and it's abruptly cut off at the end, but you get to hear the bittersweet music cue by Bernard Herrmann to accompany my favorite sequence in the film. I think this specific cue is just as full of longing and sadness as the music he also wrote for the "Walking Distance" Twilight Zone episode. (As pointed out by Truffaut scholar Annette Insdorf on the DVD, the phrase "The Book People" has a clever pun in French that is lost when translated into English. In French, there is a play on "Hommes-libres"(Free Men) with "Hommes-liVRES.")

By the way, the scene in the clip of the old man passing on Robert Louis Stevenson's book onto the boy contains a sentence not found in the text, but was added especially for the film to go with the serendipitous snow fall during the shooting of the sequence: "And he died, as he thought he would, while the first snows of winter fell."

Below is the clip from the film contains the music. It's 6:20 long. The music enters at 2:04 then abruptly cut off at 3:14. The music comes back at 4:49 and continues until the end of the film. Of this specific cue, Ray Bradbury siad, "Everytime I hear the music Benny composed for the film, I burst into tears.":

The Book People cue:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpzESK8v9lQ

Hans Zimmer/The Thin Red Line

I am not a Hans Zimmer fan, but the Arvo Part-influenced score he wrote for Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line is so incredibly beautiful. Below are two of my favorite cues from the film:

The Japanese Bivouac (dubbed in Spanish):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGFoqZqWLIo

A week's rest off the line:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYTkrZ8Vm78
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#1152122 - 11/16/07 06:07 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Just adding my 2¢ (alphabetically):

James Horner
Dario Marianelli
Nobuo Uematsu
John Williams
Hans Zimmer
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#1152123 - 11/18/07 03:02 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Georges Delerue (Day for Night, A Little Romance)[/b]
I can't believe I didn't mention Georges Delerue's ineffably gentle score for Jean-Luc Godard's film, Contempt! The signature theme is called "Theme de Camille." Martin Scorsese also used this theme in his own film Casino.(You first hear it during that aerial shot of Joe Pesci's car streaking across the desert on his way to mee Robert DeNiro)

Someone used that theme as background music to a beautifully edited, loving tribute to the actor Edward Norton. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6G8QNeZgeI
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#1152124 - 11/18/07 08:30 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Let's not forget Mikis Theodorakis' incredible score for "Z" (not to mention "Zorba the Greek").

I'd also include what IMHO are Morricone's greatest scores - "Queimada", and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly".

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#1152125 - 01/20/08 08:37 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Just adding my nickel to the pie:

Jerry Goldsmith

You all know at least ONE score by him, don't you?

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#1152126 - 01/26/08 10:09 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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My favorite modern composer is Joe Hisaishi. He's great!!!

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#1152127 - 01/28/08 03:07 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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Howard Shore - "The Lord of the Rings" (trilogy)

Dave Gruisin - "The Firm"

Michael Nyman - "The Piano"

Bernard Hermann - I'd list his films, but I'd have to start with "Citizen Kane," and I'd still be typing 70+ names later! See them all here.
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#1152128 - 03/29/08 06:32 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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John Williams

Ennio Morricone

Henry Mancini ("Pink Panther", "days of wine and roses")

John Barry (also author of the wonderful theme of the "The Persuaders" TV series with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis).
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#1152129 - 03/29/08 06:41 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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My favorite modern composer is Joe Hisaishi. He's great!!! [/b]
Joe Hisaishi is the best, hands down. "River Side" is my favorite piece.

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#1152130 - 03/30/08 03:05 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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My nomination goes to Sergei Prokofiev for Alexander Nevsky.

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#1152131 - 03/31/08 07:50 PM Re: Name your favorite soundtrack composer.
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All already mentioned but I have to repeat:

Michael Nyman - Everything from The Piano
Hans Zimmer - Gladiator and many others that I watch the film and remark "this music is great" and then find out he wrote it
Thomas Newman - American Beauty particularly the gorgeously minimalistic main piece from it
James Horner - Providing you erase the Celine Dion version from your memory and listen only to Horner's original, The Portrait, it is a beautiful piece of music

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