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 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

makes a good argument for his 5 choices.
no quibbling from me. The man knows his onions.
and not a superhero in sight.

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

This was an ad for Varese, right? Well-known films and while the piece admits they are all from the Varese label, I still think it's a "commercial" for them:

"(Varese Sarabande’s 2010 release included 6 CDs, 1 DVD and an 168-page booklet, including two CDs devoted to “Spartacus Love Theme,” with variations by Carlos Santana, Bill Evans, and Ramsey Lewis, and Alexandre Desplat, as well as a new Lee Holdridge arrangement featuring flautist Sara Andon)."

Shameless, really. lol

What's "shameless" about a bit of product promotion?
Would you have found it more acceptable if he'd listed his five least-favorite releases instead?

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I don't think it's weird that he puts Spartacus on the first spot and promotes it as honestly by the effort that went into that release and the scope of it, he made it clear it was a personal favorite and wanted to go big. I am surprised there's only 1 Goldsmith score in his top 5 and it's at the bottom. I've heard him speak tons of praise about Goldsmith (rightfully so) and you can tell he's very passionate about having worked with Jerry. I know, that doesn't mean he can't like other scores, but I'm just surprised is all.

But it's an interesting top 5.

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

i would like to see robert townon post on this message board. i feel it would add a great deal to any discussion re film music.

nah, that robert townon dont know shit about film-music!!
robert townson, on the other hand, knows what hes talkin about!

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Is this the guy who wrote "Chinatown" you're all talking about?

 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Is this the guy who wrote "Chinatown" you're all talking about?

Yeah - he wrote THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, too. smile

 Posted:   Aug 10, 2013 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Townson's Top 5 certainly reinforces the notion that the 1960s and the 1950s were two decades within which the finest calibre of film music was written.

Not one summer-of-'82 blockbuster in sight. smile

 Posted:   Aug 11, 2013 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

I find it hard to believe that such a man with so much knowledge about film music hasn't picked a Zimmer score.
Seriously, I think that I read in one of his liner notes that he thought that the Star Wars music is one of the most important pieces of symphonic music of the 20th century. It's strange that he didn't chose Star Wars. Of course I may be wrong.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 10:50 PM   
 By:   Night   (Member)

Townson's top five scores in descending order:

5. “Planet Of The Apes” (Jerry Goldsmith): “In a lot of ways, number five the hardest spot to fill because, of course, it has to be Jerry, but the breadth of his work is unparalleled. Bottom line, no one did the amount of great work that Jerry did because he treated every film as though it were ‘Chinatown,’ whether he was working on ‘The Swarm’ or ‘Patton.’ He wrote the scores for the films that the directors wished they had made. And always brought his A Game and to a degree that is unmatched, Jerry just never had a bad day. The consistency of excellence is all his own. ‘Planet of the Apes’ was just creating an all-new language, taking us to a world that we have never seen before, through his music, convincing us that they were on a distant planet and all of these unusual sounds: French horns being played without mouthpieces and stainless steel mixing boards and the whole tapestry was genuinely and completely a world he created. He was working with Franklin J. Schaffner on that picture. Schaffner was a great example of a director who trusted his composer and let him do his thing. And that’s why we have the masterpiece that is that score and the film has gone on to become part of history.”

4. “Sunset Boulevard” (Franz Waxman): “‘Sunset Blvd.’ is an example of a mastery, a psychological role that the music plays in that film— so much range and energy in the writing. You have the glamour and the madness and the way Wasman wove it all together. Fifty years after Waxman won the Academy Award there had never been an album for ‘Sunset Blvd.’ Never, ever, ever. There was a concert suite that ran seven minutes, that was all that ever came from “Sunset Blvd.” So 50 years later, in 2000, I went to Scotland with [composer] Joel McNeely and we recorded the complete score with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I found when I went through the manuscripts the 10-minute prologue for the scene that never exists in the film called ‘Conversing Corpses,’ and the movie originally opened with a scene where WIlliam Holden’s character wakes up in the morgue and the other corpses tell the story of how they met their end. So no one had ever heard that before and it’s my favorite piece of the score. It’s where he introduces all of his melodies and in that setting it’s just macabre and masterful and brilliant in so many ways.”

3. “Vertigo” (Bernard Herrmann): “I just see it as the summit of his work. It’s passionate, it’s psychological. It’s so responsible for shaping the impact of that film. That’s the film that literally among Hitchcock’s script notes—he wrote it himself— ‘We will leave this scene for Mr. Herrmann.’ They had worked together since ‘The Trouble With Harry’ in 1955 and had developed this shorthand, this relationship, where Hitchcock was confident enough in the voice that Herrmann was bringing to the film that he passed the reins to the composer. The best scores have always resulted in directors trusting the composer. The best advice or input to give to a composer is just have at it.

2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Elmer Bernstein): “It’s just such an emotional score. Elmer Bernstein, one of the great composers of all time. So grateful that I got to spend the time I did with Elmer. We did 30 some albums together. I recorded ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with him conducting himself with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He spent so much time before writing a single note just thinking about the score. He took the benefit of time to really let the film soak into him. The master composer that he is then came out with this melody that is just the most expressive reach into the heart. It’s what happens in the hands of a master composer who knows things that we can’t even conceive, but there’s just the soul of a great artist being expressed with notes on paper.”

1. “Spartacus” (Alex North): “I started doing what I do when I was young enough to get to spend the last few years of Alex North’s life working with him. We would hang out in his studio and talk about music. This is a guy who every genre he stepped foot in, he revolutionized. When I started talking to Alex about doing new recordings of his scores, the first one I brought up was ‘Spartacus.’ It had been my favorite score since growing up: the depth of writing, the mastery of every note, the range and all the different styles he put into it and still it all tried together in a unified work. ‘Spartacus Love Theme’ is just one of the greatest melodies to ever come from film and the degree to which he broke ground just in the orchestral writing, his language and what he was doing musically in that score just set the stage for so much of what came after. Just at its heart, the emotion behind it where he had all this genius but that it kind of disappears within the fabric of the story that he’s telling musically. When I found out that Universal was doing a restoration of the film in 1990, we were going to try to align with that, but then we realized the window that we had in order to get the recording done in time wasn’t going to happen. I promised Alex when we moved Spartacus out of the lineup, that one day I would restore and release his score. Twenty years later when I’m approaching my 1000th album, which was also the year that celebrated Alex’s 100th birthday and Spartacus’s 50th anniversary, [we did.] He didn’t live to see it, but what happened in the 20 intervening years is I got to produce ‘Spartacus’ at a level where it was the most elaborate production of any film score in history.” (Varese Sarabande’s 2010 release included 6 CDs, 1 DVD and an 168-page booklet, including two CDs devoted to “Spartacus Love Theme,” with variations by Carlos Santana, Bill Evans, and Ramsey Lewis, and Alexandre Desplat, as well as a new Lee Holdridge arrangement featuring flautist Sara Andon.)

I'm surprised that the Goldsmith score is at the bottom, I expected Goldsmith to be higher on his list.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

I think:

1. North
2. Goldsmith
3. Goldsmith
4. Goldsmith
5. Goldsmith

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