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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicClassical · 1 decade ago

Would u name greatest soundtrack composers?

Like Ennio Morricone, allen silvestri, john williams, Danny elfman, Hans Zimmer

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Although this type of music is not classical, I will list some of the composers I feel have been the 'greats' of film-music scores.

    Malcolm Arnold

    George Auric

    Elmer Bernstein

    Danny Elfman

    George Fenton

    Benjamin Frankel

    Jerry Goldsmith

    Ron Goodwin

    Bernard Herrmann

    Arthur Honegger

    Maurice Jarre (died 29 March 2009)

    Wojciech Kilar

    Erich Korngold

    Michel Legrand

    Henry Mancini

    Ennio Morricone

    Alfred Newman

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Miklós Rózsa

    Hans Salter

    Lalo Schifrin

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Max Steiner

    William Walton

    Franz Waxman

    John Williams

    Edit for rdenig:

    Me? Give way? You know me better than that by now! In fairness, I do concede (although I failed to do so on this occasion) that some film music can sometimes be considered 'classical'. You have already mentioned 'Alexander Nevsky' and Prokofiev's score for 'Ivan the Terrible' is no less deserving of similar praise. Both of these scores were re-worked into concert works, as was Vaughan Williams' score for 'Scott of the Antarctic' and film scores by composers as various as Shostakovich and Arthur Bliss had concert suites extracted from them. And that's without even mentioning the Korngold Violin Concerto which uses themes from his film score to 'Robin Hood' or the Cello Concerto, which expands on a piece written expressly for the film 'Deception' in 1946. I suppose it begs the question when does film music gain 'classical' status?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, some of the greatest composers of film music were the well known 'classical' composers of the 20th century. None of those you mention can hold a candle to Prokofiev in his music for Alexander Nevsky (candidate for the greatest film score ever written?) and other Eisenstein films. Other noted composers who produced great film scores were Vaughan Williams (Scott of the Antarctic), William Walton (Henry V etc), Honneger (Les Miserables) and Korngold (Elizabeth and Essex, The Sea Hawk etc). The you should not forget the Hollywood composers of the 'golden age', the likes of Max Steiner and Andre Deutsche. Another 'great' that you ignore is Bernard Herrmann - ever seen Hitchcock's 'Psycho' or Jason and the Argonauts??

    Later - I see del_icio has posted whilst I typed the foregoing. I dispute his contention that this music is not 'classical' (in the widest sense). Film music can be, IMO, and the best is equivalent of the 19th century habit of having leading composers write incidental music for the theeatre, the best known example being, I guess, Mendellsohn's music for Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' But I recollect that I and d_i have argued this point before on here and neither of us will concede to the other!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Danny Elfman, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Andrew Lloyd Webber are my faves. =]

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  • 4 years ago

    Yuki Kajiura Tsubasa Chronicles .Hack Pandora Hearts

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  • 1 decade ago

    Bernard Hermann---Theme from Taxi Driver

    John Barry--james bond movies

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For me, it will always be Bernard Hermann.

    He wrote the scores for most of the Hitchcock movies as well as several other hugely successful and/or important films ranging from Citizen Kane in 1940 to Taxi Driver in 1976.

    Among his many great scores, three of his works stand out in my mind including his score from Vertigo with it's persistent use of augmented triads to suggest nausea and dizziness, the incredibly creative "North by Northwest" score, and the most famous music in movie history from the film "Psycho." These are just a few examples that put him a step ahead of other leading candidates in my mind.

    Other than Hermann, I'd put Erich Korngold and John Williams as #2 and #2a on my personal list.

    Vertigo opening title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz46qS38OgM

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    North by Northwest opening title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIlqatMQSgI

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    Psycho opening title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xji5kKR8pIw

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    Taxi Driver opening title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xji5kKR8pIw

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    Citizen Kane opening scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AczT1Cp-m7A

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Eric Serra

    Thomas Newman

    John Williams

    They have produced some of the best soundtracks in my opinion.

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  • 6 years ago

    Elmer Bernstein had good track records. You must know The life of Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstein had pretty good track records too.

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  • 1 decade ago

    * Howard Shore

    * Enya

    * Brian Adams (Spirit)

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