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    Here is Bernard Herrmann's superb suite for "Fahrenheit 451". You can hear those circular, unresolved chains of V7s right at the beginning of the score - hallmarks of "Vertigo", in particular. For now, though, my favourite section of the "Suite" for the film: this is a terrific recording of Herrmann's film scores, with the LAPO/Salonen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng8GSO99nMk

    So very modal in the final bars!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt Stromberg View Post
    Bernard Herrmann. This is stunning, particularly the dying falls which were so characteristic of Herrmann and found also in "Vertigo". An example of a film's music score being better than the film - and there are plenty of those.

    https://vimeo.com/553157187
    I've lost count of the number of films in which their music scores far more impressed me than anything else.

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    Yes, it's a good piece by Herrman.

    My favorite composer is Ennio Morricone.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kR3okP-fS4

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    Quote Originally Posted by maestrowick View Post
    I must say John Williams
    Williams for me is overrated. His only good music score is Schindler List, the others are stolen from classical music...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Barry - Pink Panther?
    No, sorry that was an error - Henry Mancini . My bad!

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    Well, here's a vote for Kenyon Hopkins - "Twelve Angry Men", from 1957 ... and, of course, "The Hustler", from 1961. The latter is probably the BEST fit, of a jazz-type score, for the actual film (with Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott, et. al.) that's ever been!

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    Hunt - Very fine, in your recommendation of Fahrenheit 451! ... and Herrmann was SO-original, in so many of his scores. I'd still vote for the all-strings score for "Psycho", in it's occasional dulcet, almost-pastoral "tones", esp. at the beginning ... and then the MENACE of cellos, basses, etc., as the murderous actions unfold ... from scene to scene. Maybe the best sequence of all, is when "Marion's sister"/Vera Miles approaches the big house on the hill (trying to find Norman's "mother"), and she goes from one room to another ... leading to the penultimate scene, in the basement ... and, of course, the slashing strings of the score, when "Norman"/Anthony Perkins is finally throttled, and the costume and wig come OFF. ... Also, I have an LP with Herrmann, in his LP recording of the score, but I'd STILL prefer the conductor (maybe Muir Matheson?) on the original film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Koechel View Post
    Also, I have an LP with Herrmann, in his LP recording of the score, but I'd STILL prefer the conductor (maybe Muir Matheson?) on the original film.
    According to IMDB, the (uncredited) conductor was Herrmann himself.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054215...?ref_=tt_cl_sm

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    Bernard Herrmann

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    My entry points to orchestral music were Howard Shore's scores for The Lord of the Rings films (2001 - 2003) and John Williams' scores for the Star Wars prequels (1999 - 2005) and the early Harry Potter films (2001 - 2004). I was born in 1993, so these were the big, tentpole blockbusters that really excited me when I was in grade school. It's because of them that I went looking for "more music that sounds like this" and found my way to proper concert music.

    In adulthood, my favorite single score might be Franz Waxman's music for Sunset Boulevard, and this recording on Varèse Sarabande with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is a real treasure:

    waxman_rsno.jpg

    Frankly, I think the score is so strong that it works on its own as a big tone poem.

    Other favorites:

    • Miklós Rózsa - Double Indemnity;
    • Elmer Bernstein - Sweet Smell of Success;
    • Philippe Sarde - Tess;
    • Wojciech Kilar - Bram Stoker's Dracula;
    • Ennio Morricone - Lolita;
    • Joe Hisaishi's music for the Studio Ghibli films.
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    Ennio Morricone is my favourite film composer without a doubt. I believe I let everybody know it on this forum.
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