Who is your favorite film composer?


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

Elmer Bernstein: Magnificent Seven
Maurice Jarre: Dr. Zhivago
Basil Poledouris: Conan the Barbarian
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
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.
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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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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

Pista Gyerek

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


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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Hans Zimmer and John Powell... Powell has such an original style, while Zimmer got me into loving film scores in the first place.. Can't decide between the two of them..

*and not to make enemies on this site as it IS my first time - John Williams has dished out some original work over the years, but it doesn't mean that his music is exactly easy on the ears....


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There are so many great composers out there - James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Randy Edelman, Ennio Morricone, Miklos Rozsa, Erich Korngold, John Williams - I could go on and on. But for me personally, every single score I have heard by Patrick Doyle just amazes me, whether Sense and Sensibility, Indochine, Secondhand Lions, or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.


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Yay! Official first post!

This question is certainly a difficult one to answer, given I like so many. But I am going to try to narrow it to a top five:

1.)James Newton Howard
2.)Hans Zimmer
3.)John Powell
4.)X-Ray Dog
5.)David Arnold

Wow, that was hard.

John Watt

Right away I'm thinking John Williams, my brother getting me going with the soundtrack to
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind".
The most influential has to be whoever composed the title theme for "Jaws".
He had almost everyone going around doing that low bass chase "duh-duh duh-duh duh-duh"
Charlie Chaplin knew how to write a great song, Walt Disney too.