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  • John Williams

    31 21.68%
  • Jerry Goldsmith

    8 5.59%
  • John Barry

    5 3.50%
  • James Horner

    5 3.50%
  • Hans Zimmer

    7 4.90%
  • Howard Shore

    17 11.89%
  • James Newton Howard

    3 2.10%
  • Danny Elfman

    6 4.20%
  • Alan Silvestri

    2 1.40%
  • Thomas Newman

    2 1.40%
  • Ennio Morricone

    22 15.38%
  • Alexandre Desplat

    3 2.10%
  • Patrick Doyle

    1 0.70%
  • Elliot Goldenthal

    0 0%
  • Other

    31 21.68%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramako View Post
    however I have been unimpressed by Howard Shore elsewhere,
    I think I liked Silence of the Lambs...I say I think because I can't easily separate the scores from the movies. Do I like James Newton-Howard for his score, or is it just that I liked Sixth Sense (so much that I sobbed uncontrollably at the end: my wife was embarrassed) and Blood Diamond?

    I'd probably vote for Jerry Goldsmith on the grounds that his score for Alien was so badly treated...
    John Barry - I hate his lushness, but just rediscovered that he did Zulu, so I guess I can forgive him.

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    Danny Elfman is good...at least he has a singular sound. Practically no other film composer has a truly distinctive sound.
    Oh I don't know. I used to play 'Spot the Zimmer' with my sons. It used to be quite easy until Marco Beltrami and Klaus Badelt started copying him!
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    Howard shores lord of the rings is awesome. I saw it played live by the Queensland symphony orchestra while they showed the movie on the big screen in the concert hall which made it more epic. So I picked him but at the same time felt like a traitor to John Williams who I decided when I was five years old and heard the opening theme to Star Wars that he was the greatest composer On Earth and always would be!
    So tough choice!

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    Joe Hisaishi.
    Wojciech Kilar.

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    How about Angelo Badalamenti. Especially his scores for David Lynch.
    "What's intended in this end section of course is a sort of, how shall I say, exhilirating immersion in total negation - which itself produces a sort of sublimity." - Brian Ferneyhough

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    I like Angelo Badalamenti too. I also like some scores of Cliff Martinez (Solaris, Drive).

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    I like Joe Hisaishi too. Was just listening to this one:


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    Joe Hisaishi by far!

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    Some great names there.
    Some greats missing.



    Gabriel Yared
    Zbigniew Preisner

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbigniew_Preisner
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    definitely Ludovico Einaudi or Yann Tiersen, though I'd prefer Einaudi, because Tiersen always uses a constant beat in the left hand, so only eights or sixteens.
    The joy is not to make beautiful music, but to enjoy making it.

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    No Michael Giacchino at all?

    His score to "The Incredibles" ‒ I hadn't had such fun in years. Couldn't say his quality is really consistent yet, but never a true let-down. He's on my radar. (And such a nice guy, a doll to his fans, and passionate for his work.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebab View Post
    No Michael Giacchino at all?

    His score to "The Incredibles" ‒ I hadn't had such fun in years. Couldn't say his quality is really consistent yet, but never a true let-down. He's on my radar. (And such a nice guy, a doll to his fans, and passionate for his work.)
    He did 'Up' as well.

    What about Carter Burwell?
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    Michael Giacchino.

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    I try not to list those that have been already spoken for BUT: Howard Shore. Ring trilogy, IMO best.
    However, I am starting to like Atticus Ross(THE BOOK OF ELI and the American THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO)a great deal.
    Now leaving contempory; My favorite of all time: Miklos Rozsa.

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    This is a tough call because I love John Williams and Thomas Newman, but Jerry Goldsmith gets my vote because his music did so much to lift some good movies into the "Great" category, like Alien, The Omen, LA Confidential and even saved the odd crap movie, like Basic Instinct, from complete oblivion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by poptart View Post
    This is a tough call because I love John Williams and Thomas Newman, but Jerry Goldsmith gets my vote because his music did so much to lift some good movies into the "Great" category, like Alien, The Omen, LA Confidential and even saved the odd crap movie, like Basic Instinct, from complete oblivion.
    I like JG too, and the score from Alien.

    The thing is, it's not a 'pure' score.

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(soundtrack)

    However, the music was not originally used or heard as intended. The score was substantially cut for the film's released versions, and some recordings from other sources were added, notably portions of Goldsmith's original score for the 1962 film Freud (which were that film's Main Title, as well as the tracks Charcot's Show and Desperate Case), and the first movement (adagio) from Howard Hanson's 1930 "Symphony No. 2, Romantic" for the film's end credits.
    Goldsmith himself laments the treatment of his work on the 25th (or was it the 30th?) anniversary DVD.
    "I left TC for a hiatus, but since no-one noticed my absence, I came back again."

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