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    I want to expand my breadth of knowledge so I have been asking everyone, who is your favorite film composer? What is your favorite score? Mancini? Hermann? Elfman? John Williams? John Barry? Michael J Lewis? Michael Kamen?

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    I would say....

    Hermann, Karaindrou,Horner,Newman and Williams.
    Karaindrou is hardly mentioned as his Euro/Greek soundtracks are not well known here.


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    Can I count Shostakovich?

    If not then Hermann, hands down - not for Psycho, but rather for The Day the Earth Stood Still and North by Northwest

    Miklos Rosza too.

    Hmmm. I guess I don't care as much for contemporary film composers though I'm rather fond of Howard Shore's music.

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    Default French jazz film scores

    There were many good film composers who did jazz scores for French films during the 1950's and 60's.

    My favourite would have to be Barney Wilen's score for Un temoin dans la ville. The recording has Wilen on sax, Duke Jordan on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass & the great Kenny Clarke on drums.

    Another good one is Jean Wetzel's score for Touchez pas au grisbi. Art Blakey and Benny Golson also did a jazz score for Des femmes disparaissent.

    Other composers worth mentioning are Martial Solal, Alain Goraguer, Michel de Villers, Andre Hodeir and of course, the most famous French film composer working in this genre of the period, Serge Gainsbourg.

    Pardon me for including these on a classical site, but if you are into film scores generally, you should love these. They were reissued earlier this decade in the "Jazz in Paris" series put out by Gitanes/Universal. Not sure if they are still available, but it might be worth checking out for you (they were called Jazz et cinema vols.1, 2, 3 & 4)...

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    I must say John Williams

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    Overall, Hermann hands down. HOWEVER, my favorite Soundtrack goes to Dario Marianelli. The pride and prejudice soundtrack was just so amazing.
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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    Akira Ifukube.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    john williams for sure, how to beat a list like Star War, Indiana Jones, harry potter.

    alan menken for walt disney

    howard shore for lord of the ring.

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    Ron Goodwin should get a mention! love his 633 Squadron and Where Eagles Dare themes!!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by handlebar View Post
    I would say....

    Hermann, Karaindrou,Horner,Newman and Williams.
    Karaindrou is hardly mentioned as his Euro/Greek soundtracks are not well known here.


    Jim

    I know Eleni Karaindrou quite well. I have played in here sound tracks for the Weeping Meadow' and others whixh I can't remember the names. Here music is torture to play since there is literally nothing to do. It's all tenutos and little oboe solos!

    She once said that I write brash flourishy music which is why she would never give me any orchestration to do!

    She is so minimalist that she makes Phillip Glass look positively panicy!

    MY own fav film composers are Jeff Beal and Alexander Desplat. Williams is of course the master.

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    I think Michael Nyman wrote some fine music for a movie The Libertine. Good imitation of baroque style. I'm not very interested in film music, so my types would be rather standard: Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore and maybe Krzesimir Dębski. I also like some various music from oldschool productions; 30's-70's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I think Michael Nyman wrote some fine music
    I liked his music for "The Piano".The film was dreadful IMHO but the music well done.

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    I also want to mention William Walton. His film scores for Olivier's Shakespeare films (Hamlet, Henry V, Richard III) were well known in his day, and a significant part of his output. I think that he was one of the composers who saw the music as an integral part of the film, not merely an accompaniment. They were arranged into concert suites ('scenarios') with narration by Christopher Palmer in the late 1980's and recordings are available on Chandos and Naxos.

    Walton composed music for the 1960's move The Battle of Britain, but Hollywood turned his score down in favour of a local composer, whose name escapes me. So Walton was a bit peeved, and subsequently didn't compose much for the silver screen at all. Quite a pity, I think...

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    JAMES HORNER! I still listen to the music from Titanic and Troy almost daily!
    A tad too passionate of a young man...

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    I just read my post bout Karaindrou and realize I might have been a little tipsy when I wrote it. I know her personally, and I played on the recordings of her soundtracks for several films.
    Sorry, hic..

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