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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

What 's the biggest ( number of musicians, instruments, chorus etc)
Ever being used for a filmscore?
Quest for fire?
Fall of the Roman Empire?
North 's 2001?

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

It was probably 1953 British film GENEVIEVE I expect. wink

Truthfully I don't know, though I would say bigger doesn't always sound bigger.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I seem to remember reading that Elfman's score for SLEEPY HOLLOW employed one of the largest orchestras in film history. But I'm fussy on the details.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I remembering tallying the number of players on Arnold's GODZILLA score at over 150 (90 string players!), and that DIDN'T include the choir...

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I don't know the answer, all I would say is this: don't go rushing to the AFM musicians lists in the booklets to find out because, of course, there's no guarantee all the players listed were in the orchestra at the same time.

Some of them may have played on some sessions while others played on other sessions.

I'm not sure you can entirely tell by listening either, because (I think) the engineering, mixing and mastering could make an orchestra seem bigger or smaller than it is.


 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   soundtracksi   (Member)

I would think

Ennio Morricones Guns for san sebastien must be up there
Great score

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Elmo Bernstein   (Member)

Spartacus, with its augmented brass section?

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)

Didnt BTTF have the biggest orchestra up to that point? I mean sounds unlikely, but...

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I have no idea if it is considered as a big orchestra but there are 200 musicians mentioned by their name in the booklet of Carter Burwell`s Conspiracy Theory.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)

If it's just an orchestra, and no choir, then that's really bog. But like was mentioned above. These 200 might not have all played on the same sessions on the same time.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Any film which has featured Mahler's 8th Symphony ...

... the Symphony of a Thousand


 Posted:   Nov 8, 2018 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread--I like reading about orchestras!--but wasn't Conan the Barbarian recorded with two orchestras? Members of The Orchestra and Chorus of St. Cecilia and The Radio Symphony of Rome?

...When I listen to that score, it sounds huge--like it was recorded outside in a giant valley between two snow capped mountains with hundreds of players.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 2:26 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

With the chorus involved, The Hallelujah Trail (Elmer Bernstein, 1966).

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