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    A fun little excercise

    Imagine that classical composers were able to write film scores. My question is this: which genre would each composer be typecast for? By which I mean, the music of which composers would lend themselves to which of the genres listed below. These aren't the only genres so add ones you can think of. Here’s my list:

    Action - Stravinsky
    Adventure – Brahms / Mahler
    Comedy – Poulenc / Satie
    Crime – Schoenberg
    Drama - Beethoven
    Family - Mozart
    Fantasy – Debussy / Szymanowski
    Film-Noir – Morton Feldman
    History - Palestrina
    Horror - Xenakis
    Mystery – Berg / Webern
    Romance - Rachmaninov / Tchaikovsky
    Sci-Fi – Holst / Sibelius
    Thriller - Bartók
    War - Shostakovitch
    Western - Copland
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    I approve of this thread.

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    Nice list. I can't improve on it.

    Oh well, I might add Ginastera to action.

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    Both Stravinsky and Shostakovitch wrote film music. But I'm not sure if Stravinsky actually wrote anything that wound up on the silver screen.

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    On reading the first post, I wondered if the poster was aware of just how many 'classical' composers have actually made a major contribution to the genre of film music.

    Most obviously there is Shostakovich, who wrote more than 20 film scores between 1929 and 1971. His most famous are probably the scores for The Gadfly (from which comes the famous Romance) and the 1964 version of Hamlet.

    Other composers who made a substantial contribution to film music include:

    Arthur Bliss
    Aaron Copland
    John Corgliano
    Benjamin Frankel
    Arthur Honegger
    Jacques Ibert
    Aram Khachaturian
    Wojciech Kilar
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Alan Rawsthorne
    Miklós Rózsa
    Camille Saint-Saëns (inasmuch as he wrote the very first score for a silent film in 1908)
    Alfred Schnittke
    Toru Takemitsu
    Ralph Vaughan Williams
    William Walton

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    Adventure=Dvorak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    On reading the first post, I wondered if the poster was aware of just how many 'classical' composers have actually made a major contribution to the genre of film music.
    You do right to wonder. I do indeed recognise that many classical composers have written film scores.

    However, my question is not; which classical composers wrote film scores? My question is; imagine all composers were given the oppertunity to compose for film and given that fictional premise, which genre of film would they most likley choose given their musical sensibilities.

    I know it's difficult to explain, but I thought my example would have made it clear what I was trying to communicate. Anyone who can properly word my question gets bonus points!
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    On reading the first post, I wondered if the poster was aware of just how many 'classical' composers have actually made a major contribution to the genre of film music.

    Most obviously there is Shostakovich, who wrote more than 20 film scores between 1929 and 1971. His most famous are probably the scores for The Gadfly (from which comes the famous Romance) and the 1964 version of Hamlet.

    Other composers who made a substantial contribution to film music include:

    Arthur Bliss
    Aaron Copland
    John Corgliano
    Benjamin Frankel
    Arthur Honegger
    Jacques Ibert
    Aram Khachaturian
    Wojciech Kilar
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Alan Rawsthorne
    Miklós Rózsa
    Camille Saint-Saëns (inasmuch as he wrote the very first score for a silent film in 1908)
    Alfred Schnittke
    Toru Takemitsu
    Ralph Vaughan Williams
    William Walton
    Also very prominently: William Alwyn and Malcolm Arnold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Also very prominently: William Alwyn and Malcolm Arnold.
    Yes, silly of me to miss Alwyn and (especially!) Arnold.

    I suppose another 'A' could be Georges Auric.

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    How about: which genre of film would the music of these composers suit?

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    I'd like to add Bruckner to the film noir category. Everytime I hear Symphony No. 8 I somehow think of Miklós Rózsa's film noir scores.

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    Children's fantasy - Debussy, Tchaikovsky

    Other children's/Family - Raymond Scott

    Horror - Penderecki (if disturbing/graphic), Josquin, Dufay and Isaac (if gothic in theme)

    War - Part, Gorecki

    Myth/Tragedy (theatre adaptations) - Lully, Charpentier, Rameau

    Germanic fantasy (sword & sorcery) - Weber, Bruckner, Nielsen

    Greek/Roman/Old Testament epic - Handel

    Romantic epic - Mendelssohn, Verdi

    Film noir - Webern, Berg

    Comedy - Rossini, Bizet

    Drama - Schubert

    Action - Beethoven

    Adventure - Mozart, Haydn

    Science fiction - Shostakovich

    Documentary - unsure

    Gay & Lesbian - Bernstein

    Arthouse/experimental - Crumb, Varese, Berio
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    The Scherzo of Bruckner's 8th Symphony could very well be Star Wars.
    "Summit or death, either way, I win" ~R. Schumann

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    Many Debussy's piano pieces can be used for playboy profile videos, very sensuous.

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