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 Posted:   Dec 5, 2018 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   Lewya   (Member)

How would you rank your top 10 living film composers?

1. Thomas Newman
2. Elliot Goldenthal
3. Ennio Morricone
4. John Williams
5. Howard Shore
6. Vangelis
7. Joe Hisaishi
8. Ryuichi Sakamoto
9. Hans Zimmer
10. Cliff Martinez

Newman is my favourite living film composer - he is the rare original, unmistakable voice, and for sheer inventiveness, he is hard to beat. Goldenthal is the most exciting living film composer. Morricone is more idiosyncratic and progressive than Williams. To me Williams is close to Morricone, but I prefer Goldenthal's and Newman's music over Williams/Morricone.

Shore has written more good scores than Vangelis, so he wins. I like Vangelis's Blade Runner more than anything Hisaishi and Sakamoto have done, and I also like a few of his other scores a lot. Sakamoto's music is generally more to my taste than Hisaishi's, but Hisaishi's overall body of film work is maybe stronger.

Martinez and Zimmer are close to each other for me. In general, I prefer Martinez's music, and I only really like two Zimmer scores and they are The Thin Red Line and Inception. Martinez has Solaris and Drive that I like a lot. I will give the edge to Zimmer for now, mainly because of The Thin Red Line though.

What do you say?

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2018 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

What do I say?
..Use the SEARCH ENGINE, DAMMITT!

Have a nice day smile
Brm

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 12:01 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, the topic has been done several times before. But I gotta say, in a time where 90% of all threads are about expansions (or wishes for expansions), shipping issues, physical vs. digital and so on, lists are actually a refreshing change of pace. Wouldn't have said that 10 years ago, LOL!

Mine at the moment (except for no. 1, others change place now and then):

1. John Williams
2. Hans Zimmer
3. Danny Elfman
4. Elliot Goldenthal
5. Max Richter
6. George Fenton
7. Cliff Martinez
8. Rob Simonsen
9. Benjamin Wallfisch
10. A.R. Rahman

Honourable mentions to Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Angelo Badalamenti, Giorgio Moroder, Tom Holkenborg, Mark Isham, Zbigniew Preisner, Thomas Newman, Vangelis.

My evaluation is a mix of things. Whether the composer has been active lately (Vangelis would have been a clear top candidate, for example, if it hadn't been for the fact that he hasn't done much scoring lately), whether they're not as good as they used to (Silvestri, JNH etc.), or whether they're sort of 'cemented' alltime favourites that are in despite certain issues (Goldenthal, Elfman -- despite being disappointed in the latter's "big" scores in recent years), whether they are newish discoveries that have wowed me (Simonsen, Richter etc.). And so on and so forth. Many parameters to consider.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Marco Beltrami
Nicola Piovani
Christopher Young
Philippe Rombi
Christopher Gordon
Dario Marianelli (when he tries)
Patrick Doyle (when he tries)
Marco Frisina
Theodore Shapiro
Daniel Pemberton



some others showed they are capable of great things when the project is right (Martin Phipps, Cyrille Aufort, Panu Aaltio, Fernando Velázquez, Alexandre Desplat, Giacchino when he really tries and Wallfisch until he moved to L.A.), others are still alive but either pretty much retired and are focused on concert works only (Eidelman, Nigel Hess or pretty much David "where the hell is he" Arnold - although hopefully he'll be back next year) or has lost their individuality over the years or abandoned the style that really made them great (Banos, JNH, Silvestri, Goldenthal, sort of Williams and Elfman). Others we'll see when more of their music is available (Samuel Sim, Alfons Conde, Nuno Malo, Pierre Adenot, Gregoire Hetzel, Matthieu Gonet and Nicolas Errera).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   kaseykockroach   (Member)

I like Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner and John Williams when they try.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I like Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner and John Williams when they try.

Two of those are dead. But yeah -- got the joke! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

What do I say?
..Use the SEARCH ENGINE, DAMMITT!

Have a nice day smile
Brm


Indeed. He could easily have continued with his thread on much the same topic from just a few months ago!!

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=129979&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Ennio Morricone
John Williams
Alan Silvestri
Danny Elfman
er...I'm struggling!

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Yeah, the topic has been done several times before. But I gotta say, in a time where 90% of all threads are about expansions (or wishes for expansions), shipping issues, physical vs. digital and so on, lists are actually a refreshing change of pace. Wouldn't have said that 10 years ago, LOL!

Mine at the moment (except for no. 1, others change place now and then):

1. John Williams
2. Hans Zimmer
3. Danny Elfman
4. Elliot Goldenthal
5. Max Richter
6. George Fenton
7. Cliff Martinez
8. Rob Simonsen
9. Benjamin Wallfisch
10. A.R. Rahman

Honourable mentions to Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Angelo Badalamenti, Giorgio Moroder, Tom Holkenborg, Mark Isham, Zbigniew Preisner, Thomas Newman, Vangelis.

My evaluation is a mix of things. Whether the composer has been active lately (Vangelis would have been a clear top candidate, for example, if it hadn't been for the fact that he hasn't done much scoring lately), whether they're not as good as they used to (Silvestri, JNH etc.), or whether they're sort of 'cemented' alltime favourites that are in despite certain issues (Goldenthal, Elfman -- despite being disappointed in the latter's "big" scores in recent years), whether they are newish discoveries that have wowed me (Simonsen, Richter etc.). And so on and so forth. Many parameters to consider.


Wow, Zimmer now above Elfman and Goldenthal! I thought it would never happen.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I personally think the greatest living film composer is Ennio Morricone.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I personally think the greatest living film composer is Ennio Morricone.

Totally agree. And going from there:

2) John Williams
3) Alexandre Desplat

and then in no particular order:
Howard Shore
Thomas Newman
Dario Marianelli
David Shire
John Powell
Lalo Schifrin
James Newton Howard

Ask me on a different day and Danny Elfman and Alan Silvestri might be in there.

Hon. Mention
Marco Beltrami (I'm not a big fan of most horror scores but his 3:10 TO YUMA and SOUL SURFER are fantastic)
Hans Zimmer ( a good composer in his own right but his factory methods have ruined contemporary scoring)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Morricone
Schifrin
Quincy Jones
Alexandre Desplat
Legrand
Rachel Portman
John Williams
Anne Dudley
Johnny Mandel
Thomas Newman

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

1. Michel Legrand
2. Ennio Morricone
3. Pino Donaggio
4. John Williams
5. Lalo Schifrin
6. Philippe Sarde
7. Bruce Broughton
8. Ryuichi Sakamoto
9. Andre Previn
10. Lee Holdridge

and 11 through 20: Laurence Rosenthal, John Scott, David Shire, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mandel, Gerald Fried, Laurie Johnson, Richard Band, Bill Conti, Nicola Piovani

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

1) Ennio Morricone
2) John Williams
3) Danny Elfman
4) James Newton Howard
5) Alan Silvestri
6) Hans Zimmer
7) John Powell
8) Bruce Broughton
9) Michael Giacchino
10) David Arnold

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:01 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The moment I make my list one of them will suddenly drop dead. (and thats not inconceivable!)
I can't have that on me so not even gonna try.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2018 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Wow, Zimmer now above Elfman and Goldenthal! I thought it would never happen.

Indeed. Several reasons why. I've started to fawn over Zimmer's 80s and 90s things again, and at the same time really loving how he pushes himself on certain projects in recent years (the disappointing WIDOWS not withstanding).

Goldenthal has semi-retired from film music (except for Julie Taymour stuff), and that does something to one's constant appreciation. Elfman continues to impress me with his indie and lowkey scores, but disappoints me almost every time with his big blockbuster affairs. And that, too, does something to one's overall appreciation.

So with those factors combined, it was time for a rare rotation of the podium! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2018 - 3:02 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

1. Michel Legrand
2. Ennio Morricone
3. Pino Donaggio
4. John Williams
5. Lalo Schifrin
6. Philippe Sarde
7. Bruce Broughton
8. Ryuichi Sakamoto
9. Andre Previn
10. Lee Holdridge

and 11 through 20: Laurence Rosenthal, John Scott, David Shire, Quincy Jones, Johnny Mandel, Gerald Fried, Laurie Johnson, Richard Band, Bill Conti, Nicola Piovani


This is probably closest to what my list would look like. Basically, really old guys, many who are no longer active scoring, but are thankfully still breathing. P.S. - I'd add Dave Grusin.

 
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