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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: The 2017 Top Forty Composer Countdown (Abbreviated Version) by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2017 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   jgraebner   (Member)

I know rankings like this are pretty subjective, but I'm honestly curious what the justification is for putting Alexandre Desplat at #1 this year. He hasn't had a significant hit since summer 2016, he was replaced late in production on what would have easily been his top-grossing film, he wasn't brought onto the Harry Potter spin-offs even though they used the same director as the two films Desplat scored, and his upcoming films are not particularly high profile.

As far as 2017 releases and upcoming projects go, I would think that Michael Giacchino would be pretty obviously the most prominent currently working composer. You could make a case for Hans Zimmer, although his concert tour kind of overshadowed his scoring work recently. Of course, if we are really talking about "most in demand", John Williams probably gets a lot of offers that he turns down.

Putting Desplat at the top of a list for 2017 is a real head-scratcher, though.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2017 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

I know rankings like this are pretty subjective, but I'm honestly curious what the justification is for putting Alexandre Desplat at #1 this year. He hasn't had a significant hit since summer 2016, he was replaced late in production on what would have easily been his top-grossing film, he wasn't brought onto the Harry Potter spin-offs even though they used the same director as the two films Desplat scored, and his upcoming films are not particularly high profile.

As far as 2017 releases and upcoming projects go, I would think that Michael Giacchino would be pretty obviously the most prominent currently working composer. You could make a case for Hans Zimmer, although his concert tour kind of overshadowed his scoring work recently. Of course, if we are really talking about "most in demand", John Williams probably gets a lot of offers that he turns down.

Putting Desplat at the top of a list for 2017 is a real head-scratcher, though.


Desplat has worked on expensive movies, Valerian, HP, You get a lot credit for A 200+ million made movie, not my scores I didn't dig-em, hot-or-not He's #1, BTW who ranks these composers. ? As for Zimmer, I did like Dunkirk, Blade Runner scores, he deserves to be at the top, however below Williams.

John Williams doesn't need to many projects now-days, TLJ. plus other commitments he needs to go easy. IMO. He's still the No-1 living composer.

 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2017 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

For Desplat, it's the combination of having proved he can do big tentpole hits like Harry Potter and Secret life of Pets (despite departing Rogue One; of course, he's far from the only one to make an unexpected departure from the new Star Wars films) and also being the go-to person for Oscar-bait-style films.

Zimmer is certainly a credible choice for #1, but I feel that he's controversial in the biz -- people are as likely to consider him synonymous with "noise" and "scores-that-all-sound-the-same" as they are to associate him with blockbusters and Best Picture winners, while Desplat I feel receives more widespread and consistent respect as a musical dramatist.

But, obviously, this list is entirely subjective, as any such list can only be.

 
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