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 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Is there someone that almost never seems to get it wrong? Does not have one clunker on their filmography?

People go on and on about Goldsmith and Williams (and indeed they're awesome), but even they had their share of clunkers.

Is there someone who has never let you down?

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Christopher Gordon, maybe.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

In my opinion, nobody can ever hit it perfectly every single time. Even my favorites (Goldsmith, Williams, Silvestri, Elfman, Horner and others) have scores that, while maybe not necessarily "clunkers," simply don't work for me.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

Bruno Coulais.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

No such composer exists, I'd go as far as to say. And I'm lokking at you with raised eyebrows and a "really???" look if you claim otherwise.

I don't even think I could name one that comes to 90%.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Well, the term is bats 1000...

Anyway, John Williams does it for me!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

Goldenthal has never missed for me, and I have every released score of his. Williams is something like 98% since the early 1970's (STEPMOM and ALWAYS were pleasant, skillful misses). Goldsmith lost his edge somewhat, very late in the game and several of the synth scores just never appealed to me, but he's still over 90% for me. I can't think of. John Barry score that I actively disliked.

But in the final analysis, the only composer whose every score has hit the mark for me is Elliot Goldenthal.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Miklos Rozsa.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

No such composer exists, I'd go as far as to say. And I'm lokking at you with raised eyebrows and a "really???" look if you claim otherwise.

I can't speak for his unreleased stuff, but Christopher Gordon:

Moby Dick
Sydney: A Story of a City
On the Beach
When Good Ghouls Go Bad
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
'Salem's Lot
Daybreakers
Mao's Last Dancer
Crawl
Adore
+ the titles represented on Unreleased Titles
+ The Gift of Light

So raise your eyebrows all you want: the man is batting 1000. Not every one of them is a masterpiece, but there's not a dud among them.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Jerry Goldsmith
John Barry
Korngold
Murray Gold
Edmund Butts
David Arnold

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

No such composer exists, I'd go as far as to say. And I'm lokking at you with raised eyebrows and a "really???" look if you claim otherwise.

I can't speak for his unreleased stuff, but Christopher Gordon:

Moby Dick
Sydney: A Story of a City
On the Beach
When Good Ghouls Go Bad
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
'Salem's Lot
Daybreakers
Mao's Last Dancer
Crawl
Adore
+ the titles represented on Unreleased Titles
+ The Gift of Light

So raise your eyebrows all you want: the man is batting 1000. Not every one of them is a masterpiece, but there's not a dud among them.


Now if someone can tell me where to get cd of Sydney portrait of a city

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Leonard Bernstein

But no, nobody who's composed more than one film score has ever batted 1000 for me. Even my favorites occasionally produce(d) a score that I found weak.

Is my esteem for them lower because of it? Nope. Chaplin made bad films, too, and that doesn't mean he wasn't a genius. It's the nature of the creative process.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

I'm 95% with Bernard Herrmann. That's pretty close to perfection.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Korngold

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Miklos Rozsa
George Fenton
Elmer Bernstein
Christopher Gordon
Erich Wolfgang Korngold

come to mind for me.

Goldsmith, Herrmann, and Poledouris are certainly 95% or above. Of the still very active Hollywood guys Giacchino, Desplat, and Powell are somewhere around 90% I'd say. I'm sure I can think of more...

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Georges Delerue and Alexandre Desplat.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 8:48 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Composers are not perfect, and everyone single one has done clunkers. Though it doesn't mean it was their fault.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

So far...John Scott.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


Christopher Gunning

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Fabio Frizzi

 
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