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/DANNY ELFMAN\___

Stylistic trademarks: boys' voices, combining influences of classic TV commercials and cartoons
Frequent collaborator: Tim Burton
Notable scores: Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Spider-Man
Shining moment: the snow scene in Edward Scissorhands
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/BERNARD HERRMANN\___

Stylistic trademarks: modal scores, jazz influences, use of strings
Frequent collaborator: Alfred Hitchcock
Notable scores: Citizen Kane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho, Taxi Driver
Shining moment: the shower scene in Psycho
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/JOHN WILLIAMS\___

Stylistic trademarks: leitmotif, 90 piece orchestra, tone painting
Frequent collaborator: Steven Spielberg
Notable scores: Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, Close Encounters, the Indiana Jones series, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan
Shining moment: the very first hit in the Star Wars opening crawl when the logo fills the screen
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/ALAN SILVESTRI\___

Stylistic trademarks: sentimental piano and string themes, oversized symphony orchestra
Frequent collaborator: Robert Zemeckis
Notable scores: the Back To The Future series, Predator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Abyss, Forrest Gump, The Avengers
Shining moment: singlehandedly transforming Back To The Future from a quirky little comedy into an epic adventure
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/HANS ZIMMER\___

Stylistic trademarks: big brass, hand drums, integrating orchestral sounds with electric and electronic ones
Frequent collaborator: Christopher Nolan
Notable scores: The Lion King, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, the Dark Knight movies, Inception, Man of Steel
Shining moment: Superman's first flight in Man of Steel
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Everybody feel free to add more--either more composers, new categories of information, new information to the existing categories, or whatever else you can think of.

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Ken wrote:
Shining moment: Superman's first flight in Man of Steel


This was easily the best moment of Man of Steel for me. It gave me chills.

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Steven wrote:
Ken wrote:
Shining moment: Superman's first flight in Man of Steel


This was easily the best moment of Man of Steel for me. It gave me chills.


My favorite score moment in Steel is when Superman flies into Zod's ship, destroys it, then the Planet staff watch as it tears through the buildings.

I'm not qualified to analyze composers using technical, aesthetic musical terms. However...

ENNIO MORRICONE
- Overpraised: spaghetti western work.
- Underpraised: White Dog and collaboration with Brian De Palma.

PINO DONAGGIO
- Key Collaborator: Brian De Palma.
- Best moments: opening of Body Double and 360 in Body Double.

GEORGES DELERUE
- Jules and Jim
- The Conformist


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Excellent. I don't ask for specialized knowledge--just an appreciation for the composers and what they do for movies.

Let's keep this moving.

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You left out my personal favorite: James Horner

So many amazing scores from him, I wouldn't know where to begin.


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ENNIO MORRICONE
- Overpraised: spaghetti western work.
- Underpraised: White Dog and collaboration with Brian De Palma.




My favorite score from him is Mission to Mars. Whatever anyone may think of the movie itself, that score is unbelievable. Absolutely beautiful.


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You left out my personal favorite: James Horner

So many amazing scores from him, I wouldn't know where to begin.

My favorite James Horner score, by far, is Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. I love the way his Spock theme incorporates the weirdest mix of scale degrees (the major third? the raised fourth? the lowered second? WTF!), but I also love the way his heroic and villainous themes evoke a sense of high seas adventure. Utterly appropriate for a Star Trek movie.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is definitely up there. But my favorite of his is Glory. Especially the track titled "Preparations for battle."


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My favorite score from him is Mission to Mars. Whatever anyone may think of the movie itself, that score is unbelievable. Absolutely beautiful.


Definitely agree with this one.


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I'm gonna sound shallow here, but i fucking love Vida cor Meum, by Patrick Cassidy and Hanz Zimmer.

Stunning

It single-handedly elivates Hannibal from mediocre to .... slightly underrated

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I love this bit from Witness by Maurice Jarre (of Lawrence of Arabia)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qte_Ne5m ... w&index=82


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great work by John Barry in Moonraker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6IHNWGppq8


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calvero wrote:
great work by John Barry in Moonraker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6IHNWGppq8


The late John Barry is a very favourite of mine. I love his Bond's scores and liked it very much in Dances with Wolves and the Deep. I am not a musician neither I play any instruments excepts perhaps the maracas lol but for me , he is on par to John Williams. A compilation of greatest hits below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYQ7dxwRkUM

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calvero wrote:
I love this bit from Witness by Maurice Jarre (of Lawrence of Arabia)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qte_Ne5m ... w&index=82


I like his Dreamscape score.

Here's my favorite track in Moonraker, starting at 32 seconds.

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


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John Barry is awesome. I'm not sure I'd put him quite on par with Williams, but Barry is responsible for giving James Bond movies a significant chunk of their style. Williams music may march, dance, and swoon, but Barry music swaggers.

And don't buy the nonsense. Here's the truth: the James Bond theme is John Barry's, not Monty Norman's. Perhaps Norman contributed a vital initial idea, as seen in the evidence he frequently brings to bear to shore up his claim to the credit, but it has as much in common with Barry's finished theme as an acorn has to an oak tree.

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From Danny Elfman, this might be my favorite track in any superhero movie ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rF5UBlq5vY

Mainly the first minute.


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A film composer, who deserves more attention, is Lalo Schifrin, whose jazzy scores have contributed a lot to a number of late 60ies and 70ies movies, such as 'Bullitt' or 'Dirty Harry' (and, of course, the 'Mission: Impossible' Theme).


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How are we doing this? If this is just an appreciation of composers, then I offer my choices below. But I don't have those fancy lists which Ken came up with.

I'd like to contribute the Michael Giacchino into the mix. He's been growing on me a lot recently, but the scene from Up where Mr. Fredericksen reads his wife's diary moves me to tears every single time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_iURv6S0MU

And also the background music during the opening montage showing the couple's life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2bk_9T482g

Alexandre Desplat is another one whose recent work has very much impressed me. This from Moonrise Kingdom is one that comes up in my shuffle often.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycNCAslpZF4

Jonny Greenwood's work with Radiohead will obviously go down in musical history, but I think he's done great in his background scores as well. I've not yet seen There Will Be Blood, but he provided some hair-raising music for The Master as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOpp3mqSMeY

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