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 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I'm curious to see, beyond the obvious choices, how they rank on this board.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

My preferences:

François de Roubaix
Francis Lai
Serge Gainsbourg
Georges Garvarentz
Michel Magne
Pierre Jansen
Georges Delerue
Philippe Sarde
Éric Demarsan
Claude Bolling

Obviously it would help if more complete soundtracks were released... Jarre could be on the list too, but I would rather put him in a list of US/English movie composers.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

François de Roubaix
Francis Lai
Serge Gainsbourg
George Garvarentz
Michel Magne
Pierre Jansen
Georges Delerue
Philippe Sarde
Éric Demarsan
Claude Bolling

Obviously it would help that more complete soundtracks were released...


Great list! And its high time for a release of Daughters of Darkness (Les lêvres rouges).

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (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

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:37 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Georges Delerue
Maurice Jarre
Frederic Talgorn
Gabriel Yared
Michel Legrand
Alexandre Desplat
Michel Magne
Philippe Rombi
Jean Claude Petit
Gérard Calvi


 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Arthur Honegger
Maurice Jaubert
Joseph Kosma
Georges Auric
Georges Delerue
Michel Legrand
Pierre Jansen
Eric Demarsan
Michel Magne
Philippe Sarde

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 12:48 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Aside from the already listed obvious choices, I would have to add Philippe Rombi.

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 12:51 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Michel Colombier
Claude Bolling
Michel Legrand
Vladimir Cosma
Michel Magne
Eric Demarsan
Philippe Sarde
Francois Roubaix
Jean-Michel Bernard
Martial Solal

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 1:00 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Aside from the already listed obvious choices, I would have to add Philippe Rombi.


I must admit I've never heard any of Rombi's work. Where should one start?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 1:08 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Aside from the already listed obvious choices, I would have to add Philippe Rombi.


I must admit I've never heard any of Rombi's work. Where should one start?


Angel

(5:30 to 6:15 in this video from Ubeda in 2009)

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 3:22 AM   
 By:   calbuth7   (Member)

I would add Serge Franklin to the list.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Film music or in general (also encompassing classical, electronic etc.)?

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I'm not going to pretend I know enough of the works of all the rival composers in this category.

All I'll say is Delerue is my favourite of the ones I know and, yes, Rombi is worthy name. His Swimming Pool score won me over big style. I play it much and often.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Alphabetically:

Cosma
Delerue
Desplat
Franklin
Garvarentz
Jarre
Lai
Legrand
Lliboutry
Yared

To be fair, some of them are there to make up the numbers. For a top five, I'd say

Michel Legrand
Alexandre Desplat
Gabriel Yared
Olivier Lliboutry
Maurice Jarre

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

VINTAGE FRENCH COMPOSERS TOP THREE
Michel Colombier
Maurice Jarre
Michel Legrand

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)


Maurice Jaubert
Joseph Kosma
Georges Auric


and
Georges van Parys
Jean Wiener
Jean Marion

I would like to know more about them but there are hardly any available french "Golden Age" soundtracks. Paul Misraki is the only one for which I can characterize the style and I like him very much as well.

Michel Legrand is perhaps the one I am the most uneasy with in the major (film) composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

Michel Legrand (in a class of his own)

Georges Auric
Michel Colombier
Vladimir Cosma
Eric Demarsan
Francis Lai
Michel Magne
Michel Portal
Philippe Sarde
Jean Wiener

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Angel


Thanks, governor!

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

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

 
 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

1. Charles Koechlin
2. Andre Jolivet
3. Andre Caplet
4. Jean Prodromides
5. Pierre Jansen
6. Edgard Varese
7. Henri Dutilleux
8. Olivier Messiaen
9. Florent Schmitt
10. Antoine Duhamel

(where's Anabel Boyer? She likes Dutilleux, too!)

 
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