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 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

IMO the top is Edgar Varese.
Talking about film music I love Jarre, Jaubert & Petit.


Where's the other 6?

[or shall we say Les Six. smile]

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Then I would say Claude Debussy.

In fact I should perhaps add Erik Satie to my list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entr%27acte_%28film%29

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Michel Legrand
Philippe Sarde
Georges Delerue
Vladimir Cosma
and
Philippe Rombi from the younger generation.


A Top 5 - feel free to add five more names but the above five are non-negotiable!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

My list is probably all the obvious choices, more or less in order of preference:

1. Maurice Jarre
2. Georges Delerue
3. Alexandre Desplat
4. Phillipe Sarde
5. Michel Legrand
6. Maurice Jaubert
7. Paul Misraki
8. Francois de Roubaix
9. Georges Auric
10. Bruno Coulais


I would add Henri Sauguet to the list too, though known for his symphonic works, did score some feature films. By the way, though Paul Misraki spent most of his life in France, he was actually born in Constantnople, Turkey.

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

No love for Talgorn?! How interesting!

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

No love for Talgorn?! How interesting!

Nor for Jacques Loussier it would seem. eek

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Where's the other 6?

[or shall we say Les Six. smile]


Clever!

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Ah, if the question was meant to encompass more than film composers I must include:

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Francois Couperin
Hector Berlioz
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Francis Poulenc
Olivier Messiaen

I'm not sure I could whittle both lists together down to ten. In fact, after looking at others' lists if anything mine are more likely to expand!

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Ah, if the question was meant to encompass more than film composers I must include:

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Francois Couperin
Hector Berlioz
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Francis Poulenc
Olivier Messiaen

I'm not sure I could whittle both lists together down to ten.


I guess I should have specified Film Composers. On the other hand, there's no arguing with a list such as yours.

Subject edited

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Debussy
Ravel
Michel Legrand
Andre Hodeir
Marius Constant
Georges Auric
Francis Lai
Serge Gainsbourg
Michel Colombier
Michel Magne

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

Ah, if the question was meant to encompass more than film composers I must include:

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Francois Couperin
Hector Berlioz
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Francis Poulenc
Olivier Messiaen

I'm not sure I could whittle both lists together down to ten. In fact, after looking at others' lists if anything mine are more likely to expand!


Damn, that's a fine list. The opera fan in me has to include Gounod, though. wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 2:36 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Ah, if the question was meant to encompass more than film composers I must include:

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Francois Couperin
Hector Berlioz
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Francis Poulenc
Olivier Messiaen

I'm not sure I could whittle both lists together down to ten. In fact, after looking at others' lists if anything mine are more likely to expand!



In that case you should definitely add Lully, Rameau, Satie and Milhaud!
(Hey, what board is this?!...)

EDIT: We're most likely to burn in hell cause we all forgot Camille Saint-Saens and Cesar Franck - absolutely unforgivable!...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Ah, if the question was meant to encompass more than film composers I must include:

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Francois Couperin
Hector Berlioz
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Francis Poulenc
Olivier Messiaen

I'm not sure I could whittle both lists together down to ten. In fact, after looking at others' lists if anything mine are more likely to expand!


Yeah, how could you leave out Rameau! One of the giants of the 18th century, & a would be great soundtrack composer, as most of his music was dramatic.

Oh, & Francis Lai, so underrepresented on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Maurice Ravel
Claude Debussy
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Lili Boulanger
Georges Delerue
Philippe Sarde
Maurice Jarre
Michel Legrand
Gabriel Yared
Philippe Rombi

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

If classical composers are included, Leo Delibes certainly deserves consideration.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Sorry but it looks weird mixing film and classical composers, especially since my favorite film composers are more rock/pop oriented.

Classical:

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
Edgard Varèse (1883–1965)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Erik Satie (1866–1925)
Albert Roussel (1869–1937)
Paul Dukas (1865–1935)
André Caplet (1878–1925)
Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

In that case you should definitely add Lully, Rameau, Satie and Milhaud!
(Hey, what board is this?!...)



I'll grant you Rameau, Satie, and Mihaud, but Lully is no favorite of mine. I think his greatest talent was ingratiating himself to Louis XIV!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   damien thorne   (Member)

So Guys, Iam french : my favorites composers

1. Georges Delerue
2. Alexandre Desplat
3. Philippe Rombi
4. Michel Legrand
5. Michel Magne.
6. Philippe Sarde
7. Bruno Coulais
8. Gerard Calvi
9. Francis Lai
10.François de Roubaix.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Here are the results so far, Legrand is definitely the top french composer. Interesting to see Rombi ranking before Desplat and votes are a bit disappointing for Talgorn and Yared. Nice result for Magne.

Michel Legrand 11
Georges Delerue 8
Philippe Sarde 8
Michel Magne 7
Maurice Jarre 6
Philippe Rombi 5
François de Roubaix 5
Francis Lai 5
Claude Debussy 5
Alexandre Desplat 4
Éric Demarsan 4
Georges Auric 4
Vladimir Cosma 4
Maurice Ravel 4
Erik Satie 3
Maurice Jaubert 3
Edgard Varese 3
Michel Colombier 3
Gabriel Yared 3
Serge Gainsbourg 2
Georges Garvarentz 2
Pierre Jansen 2
Claude Bolling 2
Bruno Coulais 2
Frederic Talgorn 2
Jean Claude Petit 2
Gérard Calvi 2
Serge Franklin 2
Jean Wiener 2
Olivier Messiaen 2
Hector Berlioz 2
Jean-Philippe Rameau 2
Lili Boulanger
Jean Baptiste Lully
Leo Delibes
Camille Saint-Saëns
Albert Roussel
Paul Dukas
André Caplet
Jean Marion
Michel Portal
Charles Koechlin
Andre Jolivet
Andre Caplet
Jean Prodromides
Pierre Jansen
Francis Poulenc
Antoine Duhamel
Andre Hodeir
Marius Constant
Darius Milhaud
Henri Sauguet
Jacques Loussier
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Francois Couperin
Florent Schmitt
Henri Dutilleux
Olivier Lliboutry
Georges van Parys
Jean-Michel Bernard
Martial Solal
Arthur Honegger
Joseph Kosma

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Here are the results so far, Legrand is definitely the top french composer. Interesting to see Rombi before Desplat and votes are a bit disappointing for Talgorn and Yared. Nice result for Magne.

...



You're right about Talgorn. I should have expanded my Top 5 to include his name (so, there we are - Les Six!). The thing with Talgorn is that I came to know him through scores like "The Temp" and "Delta Force 2" and I always had some difficulty to associate his name with french cinema. Funny how some things stick to your mind!...

+1 for Frederic!

 
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