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Author:  Bear McCreary [ Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Favorite Scores by Composer

Ok, here's a challenge for you guys. Name your 5 favorite composers and up to 5 favorite scores they've written.

(This would be frustratingly impossible if we narrowed it down to only one composer or a single favorite score. There'd be so many "honorable mentions" it would defeat the point. So, 5 by 5 seems more realistic.)

FYI The order here is completely arbitrary. I couldn't possibly rank one score or composer over another. I'll get the ball-rolling:

JERRY GOLDSMITH

Alien
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Gremlins II
The 'burbs
The Shadow

ELMER BERNSTEIN
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Heavy Metal
The Great Escape
Ghostbusters
The Magnificent Seven

DANNY ELFMAN
Peewee's Big Adventure
Batman Returns
Sommersby
Black Beauty
Edward Scissorhands

BASIL POLEDOURIS
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Destroyer
Starship Troopers
The Hunt for Red October

JOHN WILLIAMS
SW: The Empire Strikes Back
IJ & The Temple of Doom
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind (Anybody have the old cassette or LP soundtrack with the DISCO VERSION of the main theme? Fucking priceless!!)

Ok, that's me. What about you? Now, remember. The challenge here is to keep the list down to 5 x 5. I managed. So you guys should too! :)

Author:  vicmackey187 [ Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

Everything is alphabetical!

Danny Elfman
Batman
Batman Returns
Beetlejuice
Nightbreed
Pee Wee's Big Adventure


James Horner
Apollo 13
Braveheart
Cocoon
Glory
Willow


Bear McCreary (yes, Bear is one of my favs now. Can't help it!)
Battlestar Galactica: Season 2
Battlestar Galactica: Season 3
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4
SOCOM 4
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles


Howard Shore
The Cell
Ed Wood
The Fly [1986]
Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King (picked my fav of the LOTR saga)
The Silence Of The Lambs


John Williams
The Empire Strikes Back (picked my fav of the SW saga)
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Far And Away
Raiders of the Lost Ark (picked my fav of the IJ saga)
Schindler's List

Author:  AdamCarlo [ Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

Oh wow, excellent question Bear! I'd love to contribute my answer.

James Horner

Aliens
Star Trek II Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III Search for Spock
Glory
Braveheart


Jerry Goldsmith

Alien
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: Nemesis
Patton
The Blue Max

John Williams

Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Alan Silvestri

Predator
Back to the Future


Hans Zimmer

Inception
Gladiator
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
The Last Samurai
The Dark Knight

Author:  jd2607 [ Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

JERRY GOLDSMITH
  • Alien
  • Psycho 2
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Total Recall
  • The Omen

JOHN WILLIAMS
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • E. T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Jaws
  • Jurassic Park
  • Empire Strikes Back

DANNY ELFMAN
  • Batman
  • Corpse Bride
  • Mars Attacks
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Sleepy Hollow

JAMES HORNER
  • Avatar
  • Braveheart
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Titanic
  • Troy

HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Shrek
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

I could have come up with so many more scores that I love. It was hard work on John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith especially.

Author:  Sentynel [ Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

I'm way too indecisive/forgetful to come up with a full 5*5 list, so I'm just going to mention a few favourites I haven't seen posted yet.

Klaus Badelt's score for the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie - I feel this is much superior to any of Hans Zimmer's scores to subsequent films (though in general I do like his work), though I might be biased given I didn't like the other films much either. The score to On Stranger Tides comes closest, though - I utterly love Rodrigo y Gabriela; phenomenal musicians.

Greg Edmonson - the Uncharted games and especially Firefly.

Jack Wall and Sam Hulick - Mass Effect (more the first than the second).

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Social Network deserves a mention, too. Perfect music for coding to.

Author:  Duckey [ Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

In no particular order....

Bear McCreary
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4
Battlestar Galactica: Season 3
Battlestar Galactica: Season 2
Dark Void
Socom 4: US NAVY SEALS

Murray Gold
Doctor Who: Series 5
Doctor Who: Series 4: The Specials
Doctor Who: Series 4
Doctor Who: Series 3
Torchwood

Hanz Zimmer
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End
King Arthur
Inception

John Williams
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Inon Zur
Crysis
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins: Leliana's Song
Dragon Age 2

Special shout outs to Harry Gregson-Williams, Russell Brower, Martin O'Donell and Michael Salvatori

I would have said Steve Jablonsky, but ever since he utterly stole "Mind Heist" for use in the Transformers 3 soundtrack I have a rather low opinion of him.

Author:  Bear McCreary [ Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

Sentynel wrote:
Greg Edmonson - the Uncharted games and especially Firefly.

Jack Wall and Sam Hulick - Mass Effect (more the first than the second).


Absolutely great videogame scores, yes! I agree.

Author:  Fireflame94 [ Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

Bernard Herrmann
Vertigo
Psycho
The Twilight Zone (specifically "Walking Distance")
Taxi Driver
Citizen Kane

John Williams
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (though it's not actually composition, his arrangement of "Anything Goes" is probably the best music in the movie)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Jerry Goldsmith
Chinatown
Alien
Planet of the Apes

Danny Elfman
Batman
Spider-man 2
Midnight Run
Pee-Wee's Playhouse
Darkman (sort of similar to Batman, but different enough)

Ennio Morricone
Once upon a time in America
Once upon a time in the West
The Thing
Cinema Paradiso

Author:  JBizzle [ Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

I can't even come close to filling that out, but I thought I'd mention:

A.R. Rahman
127 Hours

Michael Hoenig
Baldur's Gate series

Howard Shore
Lord of the Rings

Author:  wloczynet [ Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Favorite Scores by Composer

It's a hard question to answer since i love this kind of music for years:

1. Peter Gabriel
a. Birdy
b. The last temptation of Christ (Passion)
c. City of Angels

2. Hans Zimmer
a. Gladiator
b. Batman Begins
c. The Dark Knight
d. Black Hawk Down
e. Madagascar + Kung-Fu Panda

3. Bear McCreary
a. BSG 1
b. BSG 2
c. BSG 3
d. BSG 4
e. Razor

4. John Williams
a. Indiana Jones
b. Star Wars
c. Schindler's list
d. Superman
e. Jurassic Park

5. Single ones:
Michel Nyman - Gattaca
Michał Lorenc - The Bandit
Trevor Rabin - Gone in 60 seconds
Thomas Newman - Shawshank redemption
Atli Örvarsson - The Return Of The Eagle

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