My favorite composers, and their masterpieces that I prefer.
The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane
, the shrieking violins of Psycho
, and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver
was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and founding his own orchestra at the age of 20...
The Ghost and Mrs Muir,
North by northwest,
The wrong man,
The Trouble with Harry ” - oxyboldine
“ Mulholland drive,
Twin Peaks fire walk with me,
A straight story,
Twin Peaks (TV) ” - oxyboldine
A classmate of director Sergio Leone
with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished...
“ Once upon a time in America,
Once upon a time in the West,
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,
For a few dollars more ” - oxyboldine
“ Le Mépris,
La Femme d'à côté,
La nuit Américaine,
Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent,
Tirez sur le pianiste ” - oxyboldine
As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman
started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's directorial debut...
“ Sleepy Hollow,
Mission : impossible ” - oxyboldine
'Miklos Rozsa' studied the violin from the age of five. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1929, his violin concerto was performed there. While living in Paris from 1931, Rozsa had his 'Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song' and his 'Symphony and Serenade for Small Orchestra' performed...
The asphalt jungle,
Providence ” - oxyboldine
Vangelis is a composer and performer who works almost exclusively with electronic instruments. He is probably most well known for his Chariots of Fire
and Blade Runner
soundtracks or for the tracks used in the Cosmos
television series. He has been involved in many musical collaborations, most famously with Jon Anderson
“ Blade Runner ” - oxyboldine
Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous both as a composer and as an orchestra conductor...
“ Il Gattopardo,
La dolce vita ” - oxyboldine
“ The Bridges of Madison county,
A perfect world,
Absolute power ” - oxyboldine
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Mystic river,
Flags of our fathers,
Million dollar baby ” - oxyboldine
“ A History of violence,
Gangs of New York,
The Lord of the Rings,
The Fly ” - oxyboldine
Born in Burano (Venice) in 1941, Pino Donaggio studied violin at the Conservatory of Venice and Milan. After a period of adolescent performer of classical music with the Solisti Veneti and the Soloists of Milan, in 1959 he began to devote himself to the pop music that soon led to international success...
“ Body Double,
Dressed to Kill,
Raising Cain ” - oxyboldine
Spirited away ” - oxyboldine
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
In the Mouth of Madness,
The Thing ” - oxyboldine
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa
, Aaron Copland
or Leonard Bernstein
, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins)...
“ E.T. The Extra-terrestrial,
Raiders of the Lost Ark ” - oxyboldine
Franz Waxman (Wachsmann) pursued his dream of a career in music despite his family's misgivings. He worked for several years as a bank teller and paid for piano, harmony and composition lessons with his salary. He later moved to Berlin, where he continued his study and progress as a musician. He was able to support himself by playing and arranging for a popular German jazz band...
“ Rear Window,
Fury ” - oxyboldine
London-born piano child prodigy Adolph Deutsch trained at the Royal Academy of Music from the age of eight and composed his first piece, a waltz for piano, entitled "La Charmeuse" two years later. He moved to the U.S. in 1910 and got his first job working for a publishing house, during which time he...
“ The Apartment,
Some like it hot,
The Maltese falcon ” - oxyboldine
Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one year...
“ The Searchers,
The Big sleep,
Pursued ” - oxyboldine
The author of the textbook "F.Skinner's Simplified Method for Modern Arranging" (published 1934) began his musical career as a pianist in vaudeville alongside his brother Carl. He then became a noted arranger for New York dance orchestras in the 1930's and was briefly active in the field of music publishing...
“ Imitation of life,
All that heaven allows,
The Tarnished angels ” - oxyboldine
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ City lights,
The gold rush,
Modern times ” - oxyboldine
Trained in classical music at Columbia University, Webb worked on Broadway by the time he was in his mid-20's, not only composing incidental music, but co-writing original plays with his older brother, the director Kenneth S. Webb
. By 1923, he worked as conductor/arranger on hit shows like "Music Box Revue" and "Stepping Stones"...
“ Out of the past,
Cat people ” - oxyboldine
Michel Legrand is a three times Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and pianist who composed over 200 film and television scores as well as recorded over a hundred albums of jazz, popular and classical music. He was born on February 24, 1932, in Becon-les-Bruyeres, in the Paris suburbs...
“ Les demoiselles de Rochefort,
Les parapluies de Cherbourg ” - oxyboldine
Mark Snow became a good friend with Michael Kamen
while they were studying music at New York's Art and Music High School. After graduation, they became roommates at Juilliard (an elite music school). After studying at Juilliard, he became very fond of pop music. He, Michael Kamen and 3 others formed the New York Rock'n'Roll ensemble...
“ Les Herbes Folles,
Coeurs ” - oxyboldine
Wendy Carlos, one of the great innovators in synthesized and electronic music, was born as Walter Carlos in Rhode Island on November 14, 1939. She underwent a sex-change operation in 1972, details of which she revealed during a surprise Playboy interview in 1979. Walter's last credited release is "Sonic Seasonings" (1972)...
“ The Shining,
Clockword orange ” - oxyboldine
Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland
, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe
. Bernstein worked in various artistic endeavors...
“ Some came running,
The Age of innocence ” - oxyboldine
Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian Jewish composer who emigrated to America and became one of the most distinguished and best-loved music writers of Hollywood. He won a hallowed place in the pantheon of the most successful and productive composers in American film history, earning himself four Oscars and sixteen Academy Awards nominations...
“ Dial M for murder
Rio Bravo ” - oxyboldine
“ La Cérémonie,
Bellamy ” - oxyboldine
“ L'avventura ” - oxyboldine
“ You only live once ” - oxyboldine
“ Night of the hunter ” - oxyboldine
“ Les 400 coups ” - oxyboldine
“ Blow-up ” - oxyboldine
“ Pierrot le fou ” - oxyboldine
From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, innovative sonic palettes have earned Isham many awards including a Grammy...
“ The Black Dahlia ” - oxyboldine
“ A bout de souffle ” - oxyboldine
“ Bram Stocker's Dracula ” - oxyboldine
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman
. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller
band. In 1952, he was given a two-week assignment...
“ Touch of Evil ” - oxyboldine
Peter Gabriel was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey, England. He was the lead singer of leading progressive rock band Genesis
from its inception until he left in 1975 for a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, soundtrack composer and innovator in visual presentation of music...
“ The Last Temptation of Christ ” - oxyboldine
Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, Heinrich Gebhard and Isabelle Vengerova...
“ West Side Story ” - oxyboldine