What is your favorite film score.

Posted by: SethW

What is your favorite film score. - 11/23/01 04:48 PM

In addition to classical music, I also enjoy a wide range of other types of instrumental music. I have long been a fan of good film music, for instance. In light of this, I was wondering, what are some of your favorite film scores? The following are some of my favorite film scores or composers in general:
Lawrence of Arabia--In my opinion, Maurice Jarre's powerful score perfectly evokes the mood of the film.
Schindler's List--John William's hauntingly sad violin piece (performed by Itzhak Pearlman)is simply incredible and is a favorite of mine.
Some of the older epic sscores by composers such as Miklos Roza also figure in the top film scores, I would say. As far as more modern film composers go, I would have to say that John Williams music always strikes me as incredible. He is, of course, best known for composing the famous music of films like Jaws and Star Wars (besides the famous opening and the "Imperial March", this film also has lots of other lesser known but incredible pieces in it). But his lesser known works, which include scores such as the one from the movie Amistad, are still good. And, of course, he also composed the theme to the Olympics and the theme to NBC's Nightly News.
The music from those old heroic war movies are also a favorite. The Great Escape is a good example. And of course Ennio Morricone is another composer that has created some incredible scores. There is a lot more scores I enjoy, of course. But lets move onward. So, what are your favorite scores and/or composers.

[ November 23, 2001: Message edited by: SethW ]
Posted by: jgoo

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/23/01 07:35 PM

Hmmmm, tough question to answer. However, I like the theme music at the end of the movie Kindergarten Cop.
Posted by: magnezium

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/24/01 05:12 AM

Some of the instrumental tracks from Titanic's soundtrack are pretty good... like Leaving Port and Hymn To The Sea... great music that also accompanies the movie scenes well...

plus there was a lot of classical music in the movie itself, usually played by that string ensemble that played till the very end... I remember hearing things like Blue Danube Waltz and an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Chant sans paroles Op. 2/3...
Posted by: ChemicalGrl

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/24/01 02:36 PM

I, too, like John Williams' work. His most recent (soundtrack from Harry Potter) is wonderful as well.

But if I were to choose a soundtrack which would qualify as my "Desert Island Disc," it would have to be the soundtrack from "Majjo no Takkyubin" (Kiki's Delivery Service) as I think the music really fits the scenes and I particularly like the beginning and ending songs (the original Japanese ones, not the ones Sydney Forest did for the English dubbed version put out by Disney).
Posted by: sparrow

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/24/01 03:33 PM

Danny Elfman also writes beautiful film music scores. I especially like his music for Edward Scissorhands and The nightmare before Christmas. And the Beetlejuice theme really rocks.
I wish this music was sold as piano sheetmusic.
Regards, Thea
Posted by: Hank Drake

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/24/01 03:49 PM

I enjoy a lot of film scores, but my desert island film score would be Bernard Hermann's incomparable score to North by Northwest.

Some of my other favorites:

Batman, Danny Elfman

The Day the Earth Stood Still, Bernard Herrmann

Nixon, John Williams

Psycho, Bernard Herrmann

Raider of the Lost Ark, john Williams

Saving Private Ryan, John Williams

Superman the Movie, John Williams

Star Trek the Motion Picture, Jerry Goldsmith

Taxi Driver, Bernard Hermann

Titanic, James Horner

Vertigo, Bernard Herrmann

Just to name a few!
Posted by: magnezium

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/24/01 10:02 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by ChemicalGrl:
His most recent (soundtrack from Harry Potter) is wonderful as well.[/b]


yeah! I'd forgotten about that one...
Posted by: netizen

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 11/25/01 09:04 PM

So many good ones. But one of my very favorites is Jerry Goldsmith's music for the original "Planet of the Apes" -- especially like the music for the hunt scene. Here's an interesing link on it: http://www.moviewave.freeserve.co.uk/titles/planet_apes.html

I didn't care for the music to Harry Potter. I saw it with some friends of mine who are rock musicians, and I was surprised by their complaint about how loud it was !? For my own part, I thought it too heavy-handed and obtrusive.
Posted by: jgoo

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 12/04/01 12:41 AM

I just got back from seeing the Harry Potter movie and I must say: Excellent sound track! (For an excellent movie!).
Posted by: Josh

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 12/04/01 12:50 AM

Braveheart, hands down.
Posted by: jazzyd

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 01/12/02 11:37 PM

The Fly (Cronenberg)... If you can ignore the gore, the music is very stirring I think. \:\)

Dave
Posted by: T2

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 01/14/02 02:57 PM

"The Shining", directed by Stanley Kubrick. There were two pieces of classical music used, one of which was Bartok's "Music for Strings, Persucussion and Celeste". (I can't remember the other one.) The Bartok makes me look around for the murderer standing behind me, even when I listen to the music without the movie on CD. I also really like the way that silence was used in this movie. It created as much tension and suspense as the music itself. Nicely done, but not overdone, as so many scores are these days.
Posted by: Diarmuid

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 01/15/02 11:46 AM

Hank you covered all my Bernard Herrmann favourites there. Other soundtracks I like are:

Cinema Paradiso
Out of Africa
Eyes Wide Shut
Withnail & I (also one of the best films ever made!)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Bullitt
The Big Country...

..still thinking..
Posted by: iamcanadian

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/02/02 08:06 PM

Schindlers list, All the music in that movie is very moving and extremely sad. \:\(
Posted by: Derick

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/03/02 02:39 AM

I think the sound track from Out of Africa is incredible.

I also like the music from Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve.

Derick
Posted by: JS

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/04/02 12:59 AM

I really enjoyed the score to The Red Violin. Corigliano did the music. He also did Altered States.
Posted by: Stanza

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/11/02 11:04 AM

2001: A Space Odyssey
Posted by: Wags

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/11/02 06:47 PM

I don't know about an absolute favorite, but here are few that haven't been mentioned that I like:

"The Last of the Mohicans" - around 1995. Ok, this might be my favorite.

"How the West was Won" - Not all of it is instrumental, but some of the orchestral stuff is excelent.

"The Alamo" - Dimitri Tiomkin. Great Mexican sounding music.

"Dances with wolves" - What can I say, I like westerns.

"The Sting" - Good rags.

"Thief" - Tangerine Dream, around 1980. This is kind of a hard rock done with synths type of sound.

"The Blues Brothers" - Just to let you I am well rounded.
Posted by: the artist

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/12/02 10:01 AM

I can't believe nobody has posted any of the richly scored Merchant-Ivory films! Both Maurice & Room with a view had excellent soundtracks (available on CD w/ the Howard's End soundtrack).

I also have to say that Danny Elfman has made a lot really excellent scores!!!

-Brad \:D
Posted by: lily_chauchoin

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/01/02 02:54 PM

You guys have already mentioned many of my favorites so I'll just add "The Last Emperor" and "The Man from Snowy River".

Lily
Posted by: Jemima

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/06/02 05:12 PM

OH! i just LOVE the music from the movie "The Piano" (music by Michael Nyman)

you couldn't possibly disagree!!!
Posted by: Vid

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/06/02 05:26 PM

I can disagree (politely) with the music from "The Piano" but my opinion could be biased because I didn't like the movie. The music for "To Kill a Mockingbird" was original (in a modern kind of way) but also very lyrical and affective.
Posted by: Charles68

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/17/02 08:28 PM

This goes way back, but my favorite is the music from 'Dr Zhivago'. 'Lara's Theme' makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck!
Posted by: Music love

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/21/08 01:32 PM

John williams!

Jurassic park
Indiana jones
harry potter
shindlers list

\:\)
Posted by: Mr. K

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/26/08 12:22 AM

I'm with you on the Taxi Driver soundtrack; Bernard Herrmann was great...and Schindler's List is massive and grave.

A lot of my favorite soundtracks are from horror movies. They really exploit tension & release, dynamics and color to the fullest. Off the top of my head...

-The song at the end of The Ring is wickedly good. I don't care for that movie, but Hans Zimmer did the soundtrack and he knows what he's doing. Very gruff, low bass viols, rhythmic and jagged like Bartok or Herrmann.

-THE OMEN SOUNDTRACK. C'mon people. And I mean the original one, by Jerry Goldsmith. It's pure evil.

-The Changeling. This one is a little obscure. George C. Scott plays a composer living in a haunted house and there's lots of nifty solo piano, some original and some by Brahms and Mozart (neat A Minor Rondo I'd never heard).

-The Children of the Corn soundtrack is kind of cheap but effective. Same with the theme from Nightmare on Elm Street.
Posted by: jazz_kat

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/26/08 03:54 PM

Pirates of the Carribean
All the way \:D

Awesome to play as well
Fills you with such a sense of achievement

But I do agree with the Schindler opinions, thats just beautiful
Posted by: '68 HEMI Dart

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 03/28/08 09:22 PM

The Omen sound track is GREAT!

Fahrenheit 451 is good too.

Theme from A Summer Place & Dr Zhivago are classics also.
Posted by: Mr. K

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 04/30/08 03:25 PM

I'd also like to nominate the soundtracks to The Sting, Amélie, Last Tango in Paris, and The Black Dahlia (like Chinatown's, only darker).
Posted by: babama

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 09/11/08 08:54 PM

I'm kind of biased because I'm very much into electronic music, but to me

Vangelis - Blade Runner

is without a doubt the greatest soundtrack of all time.
Posted by: kentm

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 09/26/08 06:56 PM

I always found the Platoon soundtrack to be quite moving...
Posted by: quiescen

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 10/14/08 10:37 PM

Best music to movie match - without a doubt is Ennio Morricone "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" Amazing score that makes the movie 3x as good!
Posted by: Lalala

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 06/28/10 12:05 PM

pride and prejudice 2005!

90% of it's music can be played on a piano.

it's perfect.
Posted by: How To Practice

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 08/26/10 12:48 PM

As others have said, things by John Williams. Also I would point peoples attention to the slow melodies written by Williams.

Another one for the mix is Sharkey's Machine. Burt Reynolds was the star. I can't remember who wrote the score but there's some fantastic jazz being played most of the way through the film.
Posted by: DLC

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 08/30/10 01:24 PM

"THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER"

Yes!

I also like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" a lot, as well as the soundtrack to the new Robert Duvall movie, "Get Low."
Posted by: eweiss

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 08/30/10 01:44 PM

Here it is in all it's splendiferous glory!



Awesome match of visuals and music! smile BTW, is there any instrument
more plaintive than the oboe?
Posted by: sarahsays

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 09/14/10 04:12 PM

Some of my favorites off the top of my head:

- Gladiator
- The Mexican
- Chocolat
- Phantom of the Opera

While it's not a favorite, I'm quite fond of how the new Dark Knight movie introduces the chilling Joker theme before he comes on screen. You can feel it coming.
Posted by: Bech

Re: What is your favorite film score. - 02/15/11 01:23 AM

Out Of Africa

Schindler's List

Bech