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 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   maximus_rh   (Member)

Great thread.

Danny Elfman - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Philip Glass - Mishima
James Newton Howard - Peter Pan
John Powell - How to Train Your Dragon
Marco Beltrami - In the Electric Mist
Christopher Young - Drag Me to Hell
Hans Zimmer - Hannibal
Carter Burwell - Being John Malkovich
Alexandre Desplat - the Ghost Writer
Rolfe Kent - About Schmidt

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Taylor Fenno   (Member)

If the answer isn't there, that's fine. But don't blame the question.

LOL! You are confusing me. But the question clearly defines the boundaries. Hence, I cannot choose 2 scores from the same composer like you did. I chose 1 score from a respective composer. For example, another of my top favorites is Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back but I just happen to like E.T. more. So I couldn't put that in this top 10 list.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

John Williams - ET
Miklos Rozsa - El Cid
Basil Poledouris - Conan The Barbarian
James Horner - Legends of the Fall
Jerry Goldsmith - Rudy
John Debney - Cutthroat Island
Alan Silvestri - Back To The Future II (cause there wasnt a real album for the first one)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Sea Hawk
Bruce Broughton - Silverado
David Newman - Jingle All The Way

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   Reboesque   (Member)


Williams - JANE EYRE - Gorgeous theme, lovely little record (assuming you can find/afford it).

Goldsmith - FIRST BLOOD - The template for things to come, with another fantastic theme.

Horner - STAR TREK II (FSM) - Khaannnnn!

Silvestri - BACK TO THE FUTURE (Intrada) - Great presentation of a great score.

Elfman - HELLBOY 2 - Great album to a much-improved sequel, albeit lacking Manilow

Goldenthal - BATMAN FOREVER - Sorry Danny, this is the Bat-album for me. Fun in all the ways the movie wasn't.

Bernstein - AIRPLANE! - Hilarious.

Giacchino - RATATOUILLE - Would be perfect if it had the film version of 'Anyone Can Cook', but still wonderful.

Poledouris - CONAN THE BARBARIAN - A gem from the days of high adventure.

Yeong-wook - OLD BOY - I cannot understate how much I love this CD.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

But the question clearly defines the boundaries. Hence, I cannot choose 2 scores from the same composer like you did.

But I gave them a real recommendation. How can they become more of a fan hearing "second-rate stuff" from my personal opinion? Honest question? I don't think too many people would listen to "Empire" OR "E.T." and come away with the opinion that "filmmusic sucks!" Robocop 2 maybebig grin

You are confusing me.

I'm sorry. That wasn't the intention.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   AMRA75   (Member)

Miklos Rozsa - Ben Hur (score and the Decca rerecording)
John Williams - Superman the movie (score and album)
John Barry - The last valley (album)
Jerry Goldsmith - Under fire (album not score)
Alan Silvestri - Back to the future (score)
James Horner - Braveheart (album)
Elmer Bernstein - The magnificent seven (score and album)
James Newton Howard - Wyatt Earp (score and album)
Michael Kamen - Robin hood, prince of thieves (score not album)
Basil Poledouris - Conan the barbarian (score and album)

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

The hardest part is limiting it to ten composers; but in alphabetical order by composer:

John Barry: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (a sexy ice cream sundae that always lifts my spirits)
Elmer Bernstein: THE GREAT ESCAPE (muscular and dynamic, gentle and poetic)
Georges Delerue: JULES ET JIM (Delerue's charm, exuberance and love of life in a bottle)
Jerry Goldsmith: CHINATOWN (sublime power in its brevity)
Bernard Herrmann: FAHRENHEIT 451 (a beacon of the pagan and poetic)
James Newton Howard: SIGNS (JNH+MNS at their most dynamic and rapturous)
Erich Korngold: THE SEA WOLF (a glorious, superb adventure)
Al Newman: HOW THE WEST WAS WON (bucolic, rollicking Cinemascope masterpiece)
Miklos Rozsa: EL CID (a masterpiece of beautiful and powerful thematic writing)
John Williams: JAWS (started it all for me, my favorite filmmaker pairing, still the perfect score)

I could easily substitute one or two of the above for a couple dozen other composers that I consider favorites, but I've trimmed this to abide by the rules. Nice one, Thor.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

MORRICONE - The Good The Bad and The Ugly
GOODWIN - Where Eagles Dare
FIELDING - The Wild Bunch
NORTH - Spartacus
HERRMANN - Jason and The Argonauts
JARRE - Lawrence of Arabia
ROSZA - Ben Hur
BUDD - The Stone Killer
BARRY - The Ipcress File

very predictable. Just call me Mr Silver!!!

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Superman   (Member)

Superman, I believe that is what all of us are doing! smile

I may have misread this particular post earlier Thor. I edited my next one though. I thought you were disagreeing with my point earlier, sorry about that. I stand behind the rest though.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Tiomkin: The Alamo
Elmer Bernstein : The Great Escape
Leonard Bernstein: On The Waterfront
Richard Rodgers: Victory at Sea
Alan Silvestri: Back to The Future
Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Bruce Broughton: Silverado
Miklos Rozsa: King of Kings
Alfred Newman: The Greatest Story Ever Told
Max Steiner: Charge of the Light Brigade

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Hermit   (Member)

I agree. This is really hard. Choosing only one score to represent each of only 10 favorite composers when their output can only truly be appreciated by hearing their different approaches to multiple genres. Also, I wouldn't necessarily recommend a score just because it represents a composer's typical output. I would recommend my favorites. And my favorites are usually big and bold, with a wealth of melody, expansive and immersive. So here goes:

Victor Young - Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
A musical travelogue with rapturous melodies and colorful orchestrations.

Elmer Bernstein - The Ten Commandments (1956)
Epic and dramatic - and Elmer was the new kid on the block when he wrote it!

Dimitri Tiomkin - The Alamo (1960)
This made the list mainly due to the recent re-recording from Prometheus/Tadlow. What a revelation!

Miklos Rozsa - El Cid (1961)
Love, battles and death - the score enhances all the dramatic elements of the story.

Alfred Newman - How the West Was Won (1962)
Rustic and expansive, this one captures the western pioneer spirit.

Maurice Jarre - Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
A desert epic with a grand orchestral score. Can't wait for the recording from Tadlow.

Basil Poledouris - Conan the Barbarian (1982)
The movie was okay but the music blew me away! Tender, lyrical and bold.

John Barry - Dances With Wolves (1990)
Several beautiful themes to carry the action and drama of this wilderness epic.

John Williams - Hook (1991)
Once you remove the songs and the stylistically out-of-place "Banning Back Home" track, what you have left is a wonderful fantasy epic, full of melody and great orchestration.

Jerry Goldsmith - First Knight (1995)
I prefer Jerry's bold orchestral scores and this is one of his greatest.

These scores capture the time and place of their respective films and can also stand apart as dramatic and emotional narratives of the stories they accompany. This was whittled down from a list of about 50 - none of which I would want to do without!

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

John Williams: E.T.
Danny Elfman: Batman Returns
Jerry Goldsmith: Legend
Elmer Bernstein: The Age of innocence
Alan Menken: Beauty and the Beast
James Horner: Braveheart
Elliot Goldenthal: Final Fantasy
Miklos Rozsa: Ben Hur
Hans Zimmer: Gladiator
John Barry: Dances With Wolves

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Jerry Goldsmith: The Secret Of NIMH
Basil Poledouris: Conan The Barbarian
John Willliams: Superman The Movie
James Newton Howard: Atlantis The Lost Empire
Nick Glennie-Smith: The Man In The Iron Mask
Georges Delerue: Joe Versus The Volcano
James Horner: The Rocketeer
Hans Zimmer: King Arthur
Miklos Rozsa: Ben Hur
John Powell: Happy Feet

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Reboesque   (Member)


Sad that there isnt more music of this - from comic to horror.

Great pick. I didn't go for this mainly because there isn't an official release (aside from Meco's Impressions). But there needs to be. Even if they put it with another score (due to the length). Maybe there's some unused music, as I'm still unsure as to where the City of Prague 'Metamorphosis' comes from.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   mguevarra61   (Member)

Michael Convertino-Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
Mr. Convertino pays beautiful homage to Debussy's Images for Orchestra and La Mer.

John Williams-Stepmom
Bottomline: I love this score dearly. I would have to say that the track "Taking Pictures" is one of the best Williams has composed. Mr. Parkening plays the classical guitar flawlessly on this one and the oboe one hears towards the end always affects me everytime I listen to it.

Elmer Bernstein-The Good Son
Mr. Bernstein's main theme on piano and full orchestra is beautifully written. Not only is it memorable but immensely sad as well. The ondes martenot he employs manages to hint (brilliantly) at the macabre aspect of Henry, the character played by Culkin.

Howard Shore-The Game
Dark as the night is. Depressing and the stacatto piano used is quite effective in ratcheting up the suspense.

Philippe Sarde-Lovesick
The themes grounded in waltz measurements are rapturous beyond belief. The one and only word that comes to mind whenever I listen to the score is SWOON.

Maurice Jarre-Jacob's Ladder
The Kitka Eastern European Choir, Shakuhachi and piano flawlessly played by Gloria Cheng. Need one ask for more?

Jerry Goldsmith-Alien
Terrifying. Extremely effective in reinforcing the claustrophobia aspect of the story.

James Horner-To Gillian on her 37th Birthday
Tranquil and peaceful.

Bernard Herrmann-Sisters
Goosebump-inducing exemplary use of Moog synthesizers.

Georges Delerue-Beaches
Though the soundtrack is primarily driven by songs from the Divine Miss M, Delerue's "Friendship Theme" on solo piano is lovely and elegant. If only his full score could be released someday......

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Alan Silvestri - The Mummy Returns
Christopher Young - Spider-Man 3
Danny Elfman - Batman
David Arnold - ID4
James Horner - Avatar
Jerry Goldsmith - The 13th Warrior
John Debney - Cutthroat Island
John Williams - Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Hans Zimmer - The Peacemaker
Michael Giacchino - Medal of Honor

You can tell from this list what kind of scores I like the most. big grin
In each of these cases, I believe it is the best score each composer has to offer.

 Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Bent Erik   (Member)

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams)

  • The Goonies (Dave Grusin)

  • Blizzard (Mark McKenzie)

  • Cannibal Holocaust (Riz Ortolani)

  • Let The Right One In (Johan Söderqvist)

  • Rocky IV (Vince DiCola)

  • Troll (Ricard Band)

  • Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)

  • Once Upon a Time in America (Ennio Morricone)

  • Forrest Gump (Alan Silvestri)

    Great thread, Thor! I think I'd find it easier making a list with 20 composers, 1 score each. There are so many great ones to choose from smile

     Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 1:21 PM   
     By:   esteban miranda   (Member)

    I'll bite...

    Restricted to 10 scores by 10 composers means many great scores fall by the wayside...

    Anyway, here's my list in alphabetical order.

    Apollo 13 - J. Horner
    Ben-Hur - M. Rozsa
    The Empire Strikes Back - J. Williams
    Gone With the Wind - M. Steiner
    Henry V - P. Doyle
    Kings Row - E. W. Korngold
    Rebecca - F. Waxman
    Star Trek - The Motion Picture - J. Goldsmith
    The Ten Commandments - E. Bernstein
    Vertigo - B. Herrmann

     Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 3:37 PM   
     By:   Martin B.   (Member)

    Very difficult but

    James Horner: House of Cards
    James Newton Howard: The Village
    Basil Poledouris: Conan The Barbarian
    Bear McCreary: Battlestar Galactica: Season 4
    David Arnold: Independance Day
    Danny Elfman: Batman
    Michael Giacchino: Star Trek
    Jerry Goldsmith: The Mummy
    Javier Navarette: Cracks
    Hans Zimmer: Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End

    Unfortunately Christopher Young, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore & John Barry got dropped along the way.

    Mind you I could have filled the list up with just Poledouris smile

     Posted:   May 15, 2010 - 4:25 PM   
     By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

    1. Goldsmith: "The Sand Pebbles"

    2. Bernstein: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    3. Waxman: "Spirit of St. Louis"

    4. Korngold: "The Sea Hawk"

    5. Steiner: "Gone with the Wind"

    6. North: "Spartacus"

    7. Rozsa: "Ben-Hur"

    8. Friedhofer: "The Best Years of Our Lives"

    9. Walton: "Henry V"

    10. Copland: "The Heiress"

    11. Herrmann: "Ghost and Mrs Muir"

    12. Newman: "Diary of Anne Frank"

    OK, so I cheated

    I had to exclude many many other scores that I love.

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