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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? Zimmerman? Elfman? John Williams? John Barry? Michael J Lewis? Michael Kamen?

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How about Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings)?


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Ennio Morricone. Is there any movie music that is as simultaneously sad and breathtakingly beautiful as these pieces?

Deborah's Theme from Once Upon a Time in America:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmsRFrN97ek

Cinema Paradiso Themes conducted by Morricone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FzVWlOKeLs

Josh Groban Sings Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AICSf6r8m24

Morricone conducts another theme from Once Upon a Time in America:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w65k5rN9vwg

Morricone conducts music from The Mission:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvBT...ynext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=4

Celine Dion sings I Knew I Loved You(based on Deboarah's Theme from Once Upon a Time in America0:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnZjDqdACDU


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John Williams, Howard Shore, Ennio Morricone, and whoever wrote the music for The Last of the Mohicans.


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And pray tell me, why no mention of Erich Wolfgang Korngold or Max Steiner? Are they too old fashioned for mention here?

Funny story: both Korngold and Steiner worked for Warner Brothers. They ran into each other once.

Steiner said: 'Erich, we've both been working at Warners for ten years now. [...] It seems to me your music has gotten worse whereas mine has gotten better and better- now why do you suppose that is?'

Korngold: 'That's easy Steiner; it's because you have been stealing from me and I have been stealing from you!'


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Yann Tiersen: Amelie; Goodbye, Lenin!; Tabarly

Ludovice Einaudi: Sotto Falso Nome

Clint Mansell: The Fountain; Requiem for a Dream

Yasunori Mitsuda: Chrono Cross

Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi; Powaqqatsi (sp?)

Mark Knopfler: Local Hero; The Princess Bride

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And pray tell me, why no mention of Erich Wolfgang Korngold or Max Steiner? Are they too old fashioned for mention here?

Well I would have mentioned them, but I've been having awful trouble with my access to PW. Aaauugh, it's worse than coffee deprivation. Well, perhaps I exaggerate there smile
So if I don't reply to anyone, it doesn't mean I'm being impolite, it just means PW has dropped out again.

Now I can't get Korngold's Robin Hood music out of my head!


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Now I can't get Korngold's Robin Hood music out of my head!

Keep the home fires burning, but don't forget Korngold's score to Kings Row. And now we know who John Williams so mercilessly copied from. tiki


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Nick Cave: The Assassination of Jesse James

p.s. If anybody knows where I can buy the sheet music for that, let me know. I just love "Song for Bob."

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Mahler.

Actually, there's a pretty funny story here. When he was making "Death in Venice," Visconti remarked, after hearing a number of pieces by Mahler, that he hope Mahler would be able to write the music for the film. Of course, Mahler had shuffled off this mortal coil many years before.

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And I also have to confess to liking Hans Zimmer's "Muppet Treasure Island," which is one of the few kiddie albums I still like after hearing for 18,532 consecutive times.

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Philip Glass, straight up.


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Hans Zimmer writes some great film music - always much better than the films deserve.

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Ennio Morricone for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", and "Queimada".

Mikis Theodorakis for "Zorba the Greek" and "Z".

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Add Dario Marianelli for Pride and Prejudice

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There are just too many. And I love film scores, so...Let's start with the great Ennio Morricone who has been mentioned several times already. Among my favorite scores are:
"The Mission","Once Upon A Time in America","The Untouchables", "Cinema Paradiso","Once Upon A Time in the West"
and the great spaghetti westerns "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly"...

And of course there is the inestimable John Williams
Just too many to list: Schindler's List, ET, Jaws, Superman,Star Wars, Harry
Potter, Close Encounters, Witches of Eastwick...
Some of my favorite lesser known scores are: "The Reivers",
"The Cowboys","The Paper Chase","Empire of the Sun"
(Do you know he studied piano with Rosina Lhevinne at Julliard and composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco? Wow!)

Add to these:

Thomas Newman
"Shawshank Redemption","Little Women","Road to Perdition"
"American Beauty", "Men Don't Leave" (A great, underappreciated movie and score.)

Michel Legrand
"Summer of 42","The Umbrellas of Cherbourg","Brian's Song"
"The Go-Between" (One of my favorite scores of all time.)

Maurice Jarre
"Lawrence of Arabia","Doctor Zhivago","Witness" (The music for the barn-raising sequence is extraordinary.)"Passage to India"
"Ryan's Daughter"

Jerry Goldsmith
"The Boys from Brazil" (Genius score. His ersatz R. Strauss waltzes elevate what is a pretty silly, over-the-top horror flick.)"Chinatown","Basic Instinct","Six Degrees of Separation"

Randy Edelman
"Dragonheart" (Moves me to tears every time.)"While You Were Sleeping","Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"

James Horner
"Glory","Titanic","Field of Dreams","The Rocketeer","Cocoon"

Michael Nyman
"Gattaca" (Wonderful underappreciated movie and score.)"The End of the Affair","The Claim", "The Piano"

Elmer Bernstein
"To Kill A Mockingbird", "The Great Escape","The Magnificent Seven"

Bernard Herrmann
"Psycho","Taxi Driver","Farenheit 451","Vertigo","North By Northwest","The Man Who Knew Too Much","The Ghost & Mrs. Muir",
"Citizen Kane"

Alexander Desplat
"The Queen","Curious Case of Benjamin Button","Birth" (One of my favorite scores of recent years. Another example of music
elevating a pretty silly movie.)

Hans Zimmer
"Rain Man","Driving Miss Daisy","As Good As It Gets","Thin Red Line","Gladiator"


John Barry
"Chaplin" (Wonderful, wonderful score.)"Out of Africa","Peggy Sue Got Married","The Lion In Winter","Midnight Cowboy"

I could name hundreds more....

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I can't pick a favourite but I like practically anything composed by Alfred Newman, especially his score for "The Song of Bernadette."
Other favourites include "The Uninvited" by Victor Young (the song Stella by Starlight was adapted from its main theme), "Death of a Scoundrel" by Max Steiner ( very "Slavic" in character, appropriate to the origins of the main character and, indeed, the star of the film, George Sanders, who was Russian by birth), "Footsteps in the Fog" by Benjamin Frankel with its lovely, broad "Elgarian" main theme and, of course, numerous scores by Kormgold, Franz Waxman,Miklos Rosza, Roy Webb,William Alwyn, William Walton and Malcolm Arnold whose names appearing in the credits guarantee that at least the music for the film which one is about to enjoy or endure will be of fine quality.

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from dave in baltimore-all of Korngold, Herrman naturally- "Psycho", "Vertigo" (my fave along with the title theme to "To Kill a Mockingbird"- Bernstein)(what a talented twosome of brothers!!!!)Lygeti's "Lux Aeterna" for Kubrick's "2001"- Zimmerman- "Thin Red Line", "The Ring", Morricone, by the way, i have humbly offered an essay on this topic on my web site under Essays- "Music goes to the Movies"- should any one wish to look-
it should be at http://davideberhardt.webs.com:index/htm
but with these web addresses one never knows what one will get (so many colons, commas, slashes, etc.- anyway I have thought about it)
Williams, composer for "Capote"- piano buffs especially take note-"Golden Pond's " -Grusin- Jarre "Lawrence of Arabia"- was it Philippe Sarde for "Ghost Story"- the musical effects to movies like "Alien"- the ghostly whisperings and huge engine whirrings
etc.etc. etc. Movies have really taken off where opera left off- not that there aren't plenty of good operas still being written- there's a horror movie coming out soon where the piano sort of descends-off tune- a macabre Dies Irae- it will make your hair stand on end- the music that is- not the film.


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I meant Zimmer- dear Rach addict-(as am I)- you like Zimmer too? note his constant homage to the "Dies Irae" in "The Ring"- are you in the states? contact me would you dave eberhardt- poet activist in baltimore at mozela9@yahoo.com


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