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 Posted:   Jan 13, 2003 - 1:09 AM   
 By:   joffa   (Member)

The biggest surprise here is how long it took for Horner's 'Krull' to be mentioned. I too, had forgotten about it, but it must surely rank amongst the great fantasy scores. Mention should also be made of Elmer Bernstein's 'The Black Cauldron'.

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2003 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Two fine fantasy scores:

HERE COMES MR. JORDAN by Frederick Hollander

 Posted:   Jan 13, 2003 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Valere   (Member)

Had he been alive,Alex would have laid down the main character themes. Miklozs would have enriched them. But Frankel would have tied it all together (in the 1960's)

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2003 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Pavelek   (Member)

SON OF KONG by Max Steiner is a much better overall listening experience than its more famous predecessor. This music is as good as any of the scores for the more modern Harryhausen pictures and better than most!

Kudos to John Morgan for making my dream come true by reconstructing it and getting it recorded.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2003 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

Would JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by Herrmann be considered a fantasy score? If not, too bad -- I like it anyway.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2003 - 8:22 PM   
 By:   (Member)

If JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH isn't a fantasy, then nothing is (unless you've actually managed to stumble upon the Three Notches of Arne Saknussom at the volcanic crater of Mt. Skaltaris)!

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2018 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

15 years on, I think we could use some fresh opinions on everyone's favorite fantasy film scores.

For me, the top of the list would be—surprise, surprise—Shore's LOTRs and Poledouris's Conans.

But more recently, I found Djawadi's Season 6 of Game of Thrones superb and I've really enjoyed Adenot's Beauty and the Beast. JNH's Snow White & The Huntsman and Maleficent are terrific fantasy scores as well.

Any other greats I should look into?

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2018 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Seasons 2 - 5 are superb.
WESTWORLD also quite good (some might rightfully label this science fiction) .

 Posted:   Mar 3, 2018 - 10:16 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

Oh yes, Westworld is terrific. But as you say, that's more sci-fi/western to me than fantasy. When I think fantasy I think dragons and castles and the like.

I haven't looked into GOT 2-5 yet, but maybe I should. I liked S7 well enough, but S6 was something else entirely.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Oh yes, Westworld is terrific. But as you say, that's more sci-fi/western to me than fantasy. When I think fantasy I think dragons and castles and the like.

I haven't looked into GOT 2-5 yet, but maybe I should. I liked S7 well enough, but S6 was something else entirely.

I mentioned it mainly because it has the same composer.
I dont consider superhero flics fantasy for the most part but SUPERMAN and THOR qualify. I guess.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Well, Star Wars by this fellar John Williams is a fantastic fantasy score. One of the best, really.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Any other greats I should look into?

If you like Conan you might also like Morricone's Red Sonjia. I wouldn't say it is as great a score as Conan, but it is very good, and in the same milieu.

My personal favorite fantasy scores include:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Williams)

Heavy Metal (Bernstein)
(Don't be fooled by the title -- this not "heavy metal" music, but a bold, heroic, romantic score for large orchestra and chorus)

Krull (Horner)

The Dark Crystal (Jones)

Legend (Goldsmith)

Hook (Williams)

Clash of the Titans (Rosenthal)

Highlander (Kamen)

The 13th Warrior (Goldsmith)
(Ok, maybe this movie isn't strictly "fantasy" but the music has all the requisite elements of an epic fantasy score)

And -- this is not a film score -- but I also highly recommend Ravel's ballet "Daphnis et Chloe", which was a big influence on many fantasy scores.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I did a webcast episode on this a few years ago:

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Another great conversation from a while ago that I somehow missed at the time.

I love the fantasy film scores as I feel that, along with science fiction, it is one of the film genres that tend to lean more heavily on their scores. This is often to help tie together the characterization with the exotic locations and situations.

What I like about Dragonslayer in particular is that it is uncompromisingly North, so different from many fantasy film scores, most (but not all) of which are composed with the 19th Century Romantic sound.

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   dukeman   (Member)


 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

There are a lot of great scores in this genre, but it's really hard to beat the trifecta of KRULL, THE DARK CRYSTAL and CONAN. Not only are these the absolute (in my opinion, totally irrefutable) highlights of the respective composers' careers, but they're also some of the most purely heroic, romantic, sumptuous, exciting and technically brilliant music the genre has to offer. And the fact that these were all written within a year of each other is mind-blowing to me - to think there was once a time where such music was acceptable on the big screen!

 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 11:37 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Clash of the Titans (1980)- Expanded- I cannot properly express how good this is, or how important it is to listen to the C&C of this score.

Legend- Goldsmith, even if the most impressive cue is cribbed directly from Ravel.

 Posted:   Mar 5, 2018 - 12:27 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

I echo the applause for Manderley's list, and also approve the various proposed additions. I'd like to add to the additions:

Mockridge THE LUCK OF THE IRISH (still available at Kritzerland, BTW!)

Waxman, Salter, Skinner, Previn, Roemheld, Hajos, Stein, et al -- BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLF MAN, and all the other UNIVERSAL MONSTER SCORES

Steiner KING KONG, (with yes, a nod to SON OF)

Webb SINBAD THE SAILOR (not strictly speaking a fantasy, but definitely a great Arabian Nights score)

 Posted:   Mar 5, 2018 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

"Fantasy" is a flexible term, but since one of my first ever LPs was "The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Herrmann" back in '74 or '75, I was extremely overawed by the films represented - THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and FAHRENHEIT 451. I don't think I'd classify all of these as "fantasy", but since it was in the album title, they're here.

Shortly after that I got "The Mysterious Film World of Bernard Herrmann". I think there are more "fantasy" films on that than on the earlier LP - MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER... Just because I was at that age, they all blew my mind without my even thinking about what it was that attracted me to that music. Maybe part of it was the scarcity of these kinds of things on the market back then. Whatever, some of them have fallen out of favour a bit with me since then, but they certainly marked my youth.

Dr. Nostalgia

 Posted:   Mar 5, 2018 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Kull the Conqueror - Not to be confused with Krull.
Dragonheart - Synth but beautiful.
The Secret of NIMH-If we open it up to animated films I could mention many more.

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