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    Who is your favorite film composer?

    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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    Well, I have three who are tied for first place:

    Elmer Bernstein: Magnificent Seven
    Maurice Jarre: Dr. Zhivago
    Basil Poledouris: Conan the Barbarian
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    Neil Diamond with the Jazz Singer his version and Jonathan Livingston
    SeagullYouTube - Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Be
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    My three faves are:

    1) John Williams
    2) Jerry Goldsmith
    3) Akira Ifukube
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    Just found out Michael J Lewis who is one of my favs and did the score for the animated The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is making his own movie and has samples of the score on his website http://www.youmakemydaythemovie.com definitely worth checking out. Wrote songs for it as well, can see music video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMvqfxsyYQs

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    fav composer

    jphn barry ennio morricone thomas newman

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    I like James Horner and Ennio Maricone
    and John Ottman for his Cruel intentions stuff

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    Wow this is a tough question but one I love to think about. Thanks for this great post - I also love seeing what scores other's are inspired by.

    I love so many and from so many different genre of film - here are a few below.
    Philip Glass - THE HOURS
    Danny Elfman - NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    Cliff Eidelman - ONE TRUE THING
    Harry Manfredini - JASON X (his works for FRIDAY THE 13TH in general)
    John Carpenter - HALLOWEEN (inspired my interest and love for the next score)
    Stevan Mena - MALEVOLENCE (The John Carpenter of the new generation I believe)
    John Barry - Everything he has done but love his James Bond work - so classic!

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    OMG I LOVE the music of the animated Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe I just never thought of figuring out who it was! I'm so excited to find that out! Thank you! (now goes on youtube to find clips of it)

    Also I love John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Trevor Rabin, Harry Gregson-Williams..but those are all current well known composers...so yeah...but I like em.
    Last edited by BohoRoohaha; Aug-03-2009 at 10:16.

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    Philip Glass's stuff for Neverwas and The Truman Show is amazing!! I love Michael Kamen's stuff! Elfman of course too! I like John Ottman's work for Superman Returns. I was obssessed with that soundtrack for a while. I love Thomas Newman's Finding Nemo and WALL-E!! Hans Zimmer and John Powell for Kung-Fu Panda!!! Jerry Goldmith is amazing! Listen to Alien and then Mulan and its like...wow. Its like listening to Gladiator or POTC and then Dark Knight.
    Randy Newman's Pleasantville!! Amazing!!
    I love Michael Giacchino's work in Incredibles, Ratatouille and Speed Racer. I was obssessed with Speed Racer for a while to. For a while it was all I listened to in my car. Anyone else go through score phases like that?

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    hans zimmer is the best,then james newton howard and finally clint mansell

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    1. Ennio Morricone
    2. Mark Mothersbaugh
    3. Angelo Badalamenti
    4. Vangelis
    5. Ned Rifle (Hal Hartley)
    6. Clint Mansell (Can't believe this is the guy from Pop Will Eat Itself)
    7. Thomas Newman

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    Bernard Hermann was a true artist of the medium, and his score for Hitchcock's Psycho is justifiably famous.

    Ennio Morricone composed some fascinating scores in the 60's for Pasolini's films. Unlike the music for which he later became known, these scores were very modernistic and abstract.

    The vast majority of movie scores these days are atrocious hackwork. I rarely hear anything original when I bother to pay attention to them. However, Spanish directtor Alejandro Amenabar composed a score to his own Abre los ojos (the template for Vanilla Sky) that I found remarkable.

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    my favorite film composer is john williams...the best!

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    John Williams. The guy who made me interested in film music. Enough said.

    Runner-ups:

    Bernard Herrmann - "Vertigo" is my favourite, but "Jason and the Argonauts", "The day the earth stood still", "7th Voyage of Sinbad" and "Citizen Kane" are all tied for second place.

    Shirley Walker - Probably the most underrated film composer of all time. Her scores for the "Batman: Animated" TV show and the Batman movie ("Mask of the Phantasm") are simply fantastic.

    Ennio Morricone - No need to say much here... he's a genius, simple as that.

    Miklós Rózsa - King of the film noir score. "Double Indemnity" is one of my overall film score favourites.

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Kind of forgotten today, but his "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Sea Hawk" scores represents sheer brilliance.


    (P.S. Hans Zimmer sucks.)

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