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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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    Definetly it's Ennio for me!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd4Zp43m8Ps

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    Jerry Goldsmith, especially the Masada theme.

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    I am not sure if this qualifies as "film" as such but I love Jo Blankenburg who composes quite a lot of music for TV and Move Trailers. One of my favourite pieces from his at the moment has got to be Illumielle.



    Some of the UK members may recognise this as the 2012 Debenhams Christmas Advert music. Was quite funny as I owned one of Jo's albums prior to the advert being aired but when I seen the advert for the first time I fell in love with this track and it took me quite a while and a lot of google searching to find the song title.

    (sorry if this is not classified as "film" music)

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    I'd easily have to go with Clint Mansell. His music is mind blowing to me.

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    Hello all,

    newbie signing in with Howard Shore for the score of "Dead Ringers" (David Cronenberg, 1988)
    The dramatic final scene is beautifully accompanied with pastoral yet haunting music.
    Great movie, must watch it again soon !!

    Cheers,

    Jos

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    I would have to go with James Horner. He re-uses a lot of his own material, but it's really good material!

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    Hans Zimmer definitely is it for me. He's the most underrated film score composer nowadays and a total genius. He actually deserves to be in a row with John Williams and Max Steiner.
    Many of the comments about his music are pretty negative, often to a point of insulting him personally (I once even came across a death threat on a blog). I don't know if I should find it hilarious or sad that some people won't tolerate specific artists and their music and find it to be terrible news if said artist announces a new project. This phenomenon isn't new though. Just think of how much **** Wagner had to take from "old-schoolers", including Nietzsche himself who found his music to be absolutely horrible and destructive to what was then known as orchestral music.
    That's exactly what Zimmer is to film music. He came up with something new and changed the industry permanently. His success should prove him right but nevertheless he's polarizing. Many of his fans don't ascend from the classical or even the film score field, but rather from a particular subcategory of the mainstream-pop-crowd that barely has an ear for complex and serious music. And that's exactly where critics of him categorize him - in the pop genre. That may be true to some extent since his recent works "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Man of Steel" were top-sellers in the billboard charts (almost topped the iTunes download charts), but the problem is that he's not taken seriously as a composer, both classical and modern-influenced, although he should be. I'm going to post a few videos down there to show of how much versatility he's actually capable

    epic and bold


    soft and soothing


    vibrant and cheerful


    deep and melancholic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephano View Post
    Hans Zimmer definitely is it for me. He's the most underrated film score composer nowadays and a total genius. He actually deserves to be in a row with John Williams and Max Steiner.
    You're kidding right? While perhaps creating a unique sound, I'll say just that, he has 1 sound. And that's when it's actually him and not the league of other writers he surrounds himself with.
    His earlier stuff get's all the accolades it deserves (personally I love the Lion King) but lately, he certainly is getting wayyyy over exposed.

    I voted Elfman coz I can't believe he doesn't have a vote. Edward Scissorhands is some of the most gorgeous music ever written period!
    Silvestri and Michael Giacchino are also favourites.

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    99% of film music can't stand on its own two feet; it services films.

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    John Powell. HTTYD (II). The best movie soundtrack ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey View Post
    You're kidding right? While perhaps creating a unique sound, I'll say just that, he has 1 sound. And that's when it's actually him and not the league of other writers he surrounds himself with.
    His earlier stuff get's all the accolades it deserves (personally I love the Lion King) but lately, he certainly is getting wayyyy over exposed.

    I voted Elfman coz I can't believe he doesn't have a vote. Edward Scissorhands is some of the most gorgeous music ever written period!
    Silvestri and Michael Giacchino are also favourites.
    Zimmer is expanding into a more modern field of music, electronical music. Actually he's getting back to his roots. I'm sure a lot of people here deny that the early pioneers of electronical classical music (Stockhausen...and Hans Zimmer for example) should be considered proper composers for their electronical work alone, when they, in fact, should be. It won't take too long until synthesizers will find their way into the classical mainstream and that we start interpreting the "old stuff" on them. Bach and Mozart didn't have a piano and still, we're interpreting them on it today.

    You mentioned "his league of writers". Well, it's a common misbelief that people think he lets others do the work while he gets all the fame. These people don't do more than one guy (often Nick Glennie-Smith) did in the past for him - and that is rearranging or adding a few layers to what he composed before, and adapting it to the movie. They just can do it faster and that is, inter alia why he still hasn't got one rejected score. Zimmer does the drawing, his co-composers do the construction work. Even Michelangelo and Rubens worked that way.

    Zimmer may not have the same great legacy as Beethoven, Mozart or John Williams, but nevertheless he did a huge contribution to contemporary classical music with scores like Gladiator, Lion King, Inception and The Last Samurai.

    P.S.: Wait for Interstellar, it's said to be radically different from what we usually got to hear from Zimmer.

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    Patrick Doyle had a distinctive sound in his early days but, alas, with bigger Hollywood films, he too seemed to become more generic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morimur View Post
    99% of film music can't stand on its own two feet; it services films.
    I love Michael Nyman's film music, though I have not watched any of the movies for which Nyman composed.

    Another favorite is Angelo Badalamenti.

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    Michael Nyman and John Williams


    Star Wars, who can ever forgot that music!?!

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    My top five:

    1. Ennio Morricone: Few things get as much under my skin as the soundtrack for Leone's masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America.

    2. John Williams: Star Wars, nuff said.

    3. Nino Rota: The Godfather, 8 1/2, Amarcord, all memorable, sublime music.

    4. Howard Shore: His Lord of the Rings score is at times a bit overblown but still more than worthy of the film's beauty.

    5. Danny Elfman: As a kid Batman (1989) was my favourite movie and I couldn't get Elfman's awesome theme out of my head, still can't.

    Honourable mentions: Philip Glass, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Hans Zimmer (pre-Nolan era) and Goblin.
    No, pagliaccio non son!

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