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 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

He scored seven films in 1963, including "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Carpetbaggers," and "The Great Escape." -- Elmer Bernstein; Jerry Goldsmith; Henry Mancini; John Williams

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2013 - 11:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

John Williams has scored nearly all of director Steven Spielberg's films, but not this one. -- The Color Purple; Saving Private Ryan; The Sugarland Express; Always

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I'd post a few myself, but I'd like the original poster to indicate if he thinks that the majority of the above suggestions are sufficiently easy for the regular Joe... In some cases I think that many people might have difficulty distinguishing between some of the FILM titles (never mind composers who most folks outside this community have never heard of)... And surely we should be avoiding questions which have no clear answer such as "I am principally associated with horror films. Who am I?" etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   ian642002   (Member)

No horror film ever won an Oscar until 1977. Who won that award and for what?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Who has been called the Mozart of film music?- Georges Delerue, Alfred Newman, Dimitri Tiomkim,Jerry Goldsmith.

So what is the answer? I'm guessing it's Jerry. I've also heard Morricone dubbed the same. And my own impression is that Williams is actually the closest to a Mozart of film music.

The Beethoven of film music? That would have to be Herrmann.


I don't believe any film composer (that I'm aware of) has had an "official" Mozart of Film Music nickname. People may tend to call their favourite composer such a thing, but that's a different matter.

However, A.R. Rahman is often titulated as the "Mozart of Madras", which has a better ring to it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   petek66   (Member)

John Williams composed music for each of the following 1960s TV series except: Gilligan's Island; Star Trek; Lost In Space; The Time Tunnel; Answer: Star Trek

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   Ludwig van   (Member)

I don't believe any film composer (that I'm aware of) has had an "official" Mozart of Film Music nickname. People may tend to call their favourite composer such a thing, but that's a different matter.

However, A.R. Rahman is often titulated as the "Mozart of Madras", which has a better ring to it.


I guess that would mean Barry is the Brahms of Britain. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Which of the following film score composers have also directed a feature length movie? John Ottman, John Barry, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith.

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Which composer is officially credited to have written The James Bond Theme?

Monty Norman, John Barry, Roy Budd, Tristram Carey

(On my questions, first answer is the correct one.)

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

For STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE,
composer Jerry Goldsmith used a unique instrument to great effect.
What was it?

Blaster Beam, Serpent, Ondes Martinot, Theremin

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Who composed the memorable score to BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)?

Alan Silvestri, John Williams, Henry Mancini, Huey Lewis

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Mirror, mirror, on the wall....who's the fairest of them all?


(sorry, all the relevant ones were taken).

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Which classical/electronica artist composed the score to Dinsey's TRON (1982)?

Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Alan Howarth

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

FLASH GORDON (1980) featured songs by QUEEN, but who wrote the underscore?

Howard Blake, John Barry, John Scott, Freddie Mercury

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Who was the first female composer to compose and conduct a score for a major Hollywood motion picture?

Shirley Walker, Debbie Wiseman, Rachel Portman, Angela Morley

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

For RE-ANIMATOR (1985), composer Richard Band wrote his score as an apologetic homage to which composer?

Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Miklos Rozsa

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I'll play, trying to gear these toward pub-style Quiz Night questions:

1. Which film score composer did NOT work with master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock?
a) David Raksin, b) Henry Mancini, c) Bernard Herrmann, d) John Williams.

2. Which of the following Sergio Leone film scores was NOT composed by Ennio Morricone?
a) The Colossus of Rhodes, b) A Fistful of Dollars, c) Duck, You Sucker!

3. Which director worked most often with French New Wave composer Georges Delerue?
a) Fran├žois Truffaut, b) Jean-Luc Godard, c) Alain Resnais, d) Oliver Stone.

4. Which film score composer has been nominated for the most Oscars?
a) John Williams (48), b) Alfred Newman (45), c) Jerry Goldsmith (18), d) Hans Zimmer (8).

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)


...
1. Which film score composer did NOT work with master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock?
a) David Raksin, b) Henry Mancini, c) Bernard Herrmann, d) John Williams.
...


Very tricky question, since Mancini's score was rejected, so it's not so famous as his other works, and many non-specialists can answer b) wink

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

Lalo Schifrin, Michel Legrand, Klaus Doldinger, Alan Silvestri, Paul J. Smith, Franz Waxman, Hans Zimmer, Leigh Harline, Basil Poledouris, and Jerry Goldsmith. While music composers are always aiming to top their last film score, these composers took theirs to an all time low. What do they all have in common?

They composed music for underwater submarine dramas.

Lalo Schfrin: The Neptune Factor
Michel Legrand: Ice Station Zebra
Klaus Doldinger: Das Boot
Alan Silvestri: The Abyss
Paul J. Smith: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Franz Waxman: Run Silent, Run Deep
Hans Zimmer: Crimson Tide
Leigh Harline: The Enemy Below
Basil Poledouris: The Hunt for Red October
Jerry Goldsmith: Leviathan

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2013 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I'd post a few myself, but I'd like the original poster to indicate if he thinks that the majority of the above suggestions are sufficiently easy for the regular Joe... In some cases I think that many people might have difficulty distinguishing between some of the FILM titles (never mind composers who most folks outside this community have never heard of)...

I don't think it's possible to come up with 300 film music related questions that could be answered by "the regular Joe," unless 200 of them have the answer "John Williams" or "Henry Mancini." Anyone venturing into such a small subset of movie trivia would need to have beyond-normal interest in the subject, similar to trivia about foreign films. But I agree that a mixture of difficulty on the questions would be desirable.

 
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