Who is your favorite film composer?


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John Williams

Really surprise that I haven't found any trace of him in this forum.
May be 'case he is using paper and pencil to get the job done.

Of course! I forgot after paper and pencil comes orchestra. Oh! now we've got something.
Just kidding, being a child of Indiana Jones and Star Wars, can't still accept having Darth Vader as a godfather.

Yet, all above are my family too.

Edit: Sorry John Watt, I just had looked above and saw your post. So, there was a trace of Johnny in this forum.


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Hmmm- a challenge(!)

Well- not for the first two slots (IMHO), anyway...

1. Serge Prokofiev (remember that guy?);)

2. Ennio Morricone

3.(Now it gets interesting): Rosza? Rota? Korngold? ​(I don't know...):eek:
Another Good Aussie Film composer - I gotta theme going here

Brian May (28 July 1934 – 25 April 1997) not the one from Queen!!
An Australian film composer. His best known scores are those for Mad Max and Mad Max 2!
He composed more than 30 feature film scores, including
Patrick (1978)
Mad Max (1979) – Won Best Original Music Score award by AFI.
Snapshot (1979)
Thirst (1979)
Harlequin (1980)
Nightmares (1980)
Gallipoli (1981) (additional music)
Mad Max 2 (1981) – Nominated for Best Original Music Score by AFI.
Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Roadgames (1981) – Nominated for Best Original Music Score by AFI.
The Survivor (1981)
Breakfast in Paris (1982)
Kitty and the Bagman (1982)
Turkey Shoot (1982)
A Slice of Life (1983)
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
Innocent Prey (1984)
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Frog Dreaming (1986) – Nominated for Best Original Music Score by AFI.
Sky Pirates (1986)
Death Before Dishonor (1987)
Steel Dawn (1987)
Bloodmoon (1990)
Dead Sleep (1990)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Dr. Giggles (1992)
Hurricane Smith (1992)
Blind Side (1993)


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My favourite composers are :
Jerry Goldsmith
John Barry
John Williams
Hans Zimmer
James Horner
Ennio Morricone


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I think Bernard Herrmann was great! Some of his greatest scores, in my opinion were in the movies Vertigo (1958) and North by Northwest (1959).


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I’d say my top 3 would be (1) Nobuo Uematsu (2) Hans Zimmer (3) James Newton Howard. Nobuo Uematsu has proven himself I’d say a big name as he was the only composer that did the first 10 Final Fantasy games along with several other games on the side. That’s a lot of music to write by lonesome. Not to mention he also composed the music for the feature film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children complete without just reusing cues from the original game. The thing about Hans Zimmer that gets me is that other than piano he has no actual training in this sort of thing. It was all just pretty much on a limb. That is what also motivates me in this business because I don’t have the money to go to school for composition and theory but I just know what I want things to sound like and I learn as I recreate those sounds.


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My favorite film composer is Akira Ifukube. My three favorite film scores composed by Akira Ifukube are "Giant Monster Varan" (1958), "Sakuma Dam Part 2" (1955) and "The Humpbacked Pony" (1975).


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Brian Tyler's Children of Dune is a favorite. John Williams' Hook, Steve Jablonsky's Transformers, Klaus Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl, and David Newman's Serenity are ones I'm also fond of.


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I have to agree about Erich Korngold. His music in Captain Blood, The Prince and the Pauper, Sea Hawk, and Adventures of Robin Hood is almost more important than the actors and story. Thrilling and wonderful. Of course, he was a serious composer before fleeing Nazi Germany and wrote operas, concertos, and so on. He was a wunderkind, composing advanced material as a child!


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To add my two cents on other important and enjoyable movie music composers, I also love the work of Bernard Herman whose score for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is as great as the more famous work on Psycho. He wrote many other wonderful scores, of course. Then we shouldn't forget the work of Richard Adinsell who wrote the Warsaw Concerto for Dangerous Moonlight, or Hubert Bath's Cornish Rhapsody, or other fine Rachmaninoff-like film concertos, including Rosza's Spellbound Concerto, and many others. John Williams is another favorite for so many fine songs, and who can forget Henry Mancini? Well, the list goes on. How does one pick a favorite? My favorite is usually the one I am enjoying at the time. I remember in the vinyl record days when you could usually buy a "soundtrack" for a great movie right after it came out and I purchased dozens of them. Now it seems they are usually filled with pop songs and not so many fine score albums as before, but a not-so-long-ago album I like was the score for Pride and Prejudice by Marinelli. Really carries the movie's emotions well. Great topic--thanks for starting the post.


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I think it would have to be Thomas Newman for Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty. Incredible pieces of music.

He has inspired me to produce music and give myself a more versatile edge to my music.

I have been composing for film in the last 6 months and absolutely loving it.

John Watt

Considering that I used to play in bar bands as a musician, travelling for years,
it's more my movie watching that brings me into this thread.
For sure, two names stand out more than any other.
John Williams, going back a ways, and more recently, Danny Elfman.
Call them pop or classic Hollywood soundtrackers,
but they've hit it with my favorite movies and soundtracks.

But I'm not a soundtrack or even a medley player, so my opinion really doesn't count.
Santana at Woodstock is one of my favorite live bands,
but how can you call all the Woodstock movie bands a soundtrack?
That's like saying I love Glenn Miller's music, but his big band isn't the sound track to the film.
Even Artie Shaw would agree to that, and then he'd compose his own soundtrack.

Maybe it's time I started listening to albums backwards, looking for hidden satanic messages.
Nope. Time for Bits and Bites, some chunky chocolate cookies and ice cubed diet cola,
with a choice of movie.
Twice in the last week, I've bumped into Mormon bishops who were out walking in the dark,
surprised that I recognized them.
Sometimes the soundtrack to your life includes more than musical instruments.