Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics and philosophy...
“ 1 -The Hours.
2 - Koyaanisqatsi
3 - Notes on a Scandal
4 - Mishima
5 - Kundun ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. Psycho
3. The day the earth stood still
4. Cape Fear
5. The ghost and Mrs. Muir ” - ppaolo_84
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV (August 1, 1981)...
“ 1. The Lion King
4. The Dark Knight
5. The Dark Knight Rises ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. American Beauty
2. Road to Perdition
4. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
5. Revolutionary Road ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. Edward Scissorhands.
2. Mars Attack.
3. Batman Returns
4. Planet of the Apes
5. Sleepy Hollow ” - ppaolo_84
studied piano, harpsichord and music history with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, and musicology with Thurston Dart at King's College, London. Between 1968 and 1978 he worked as a music critic and in 1977 he founded the Campiello Band, later renamed the Michael Nyman Band. Many of his filmscores were composed for the films of Peter Greenaway
“ 1. The Piano.
2. The cook, the thief, his wife and his lover.
3. Gattaca ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. There will be blood
2. The Master
3. Bodysong ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Dangerous Liaisons
2. Planet Earth
3. Mary Reilly ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
2. The Pianist
3. Portait of a Lady ” - ppaolo_84
Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to Cleveland...
“ 1. The Social Network
2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
3. Gone Girl ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Amelie.
2. Good bye Lenin! ” - ppaolo_84
He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "Swanee" and his first Broadway show "La...
“ 1. An american in Paris. ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Todo sobre mi madre.
2. La piel que habito
3. Hable con ella ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ Fellini's films and The Godfather ” - ppaolo_84
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)...
“ 1. Star Wars
2. Schindler's list.
4. Jurassic Park. ” - ppaolo_84
Born in Poland in 1955, Zbigniew Preisner studied philosophy and history in the university of Cracow. In his twenties he started to study music in a autodidactical way: buying records and learning to write by taking the music in parts. He started to write his own compositions. His style has always been very romantic...
“ 1. Trois couleurs: Bleu.
2. La double vie de Véronique. ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. The good, the bad and the ugly
2. The Mission ” - ppaolo_84
In over thirty years as a film composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. Born in Manhattan in 1950, Alan was first drawn to music at an early age. Beginning as a drummer, his love for instruments quickly grew to include the bassoon...
“ 1. Death Becomes Her
2. Forrest Gump
3. Back to the Future ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Requiem for a Dream.
2. Black Swan ” - ppaolo_84
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel
and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa
at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS...
“ 1. Basic Instinct ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. The magnificent seven
2. The age of innocence ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. The Silence of the Lambs.
2. Cosmopolis ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Fargo ” - ppaolo_84
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
“ 1. 1492 ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. West Side Story. ” - ppaolo_84
Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...
“ 1. Dancer in the dark ” - ppaolo_84
Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, with Aníbal Kerpel...
“ 1. Babel ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. the sound of music. ” - ppaolo_84
“ Tron: Legacy ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Midnight Express ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. The Virgin Suicides ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Fight Club ” - ppaolo_84
In the end of '70s and all through the '80s, he was the leader of the most popular Yugoslav band "Bijelo dugme" (from Sarajevo). They published more than 10 LPs, selling altogether more than 15 million copies. He was the first one to introduce "shepperd's rock" (a kind of folk-rock) into popular Yugoslav music...
“ 1. Underground ” - ppaolo_84
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)...
“ 1. The Shining. ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.
2. Magnolia ” - ppaolo_84
A world renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist, Terence Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. Blanchard was born and raised in New Orleans where he studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts...
“ 1. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Cabaret ” - ppaolo_84
Songwriter ("Witchcraft", "Big Spender", "Hey, Look Me Over"), composer and pianist, educated at the High School of Music and Art and the New York College of Music. He also studied with Rudolph Gruen (on scholarship) and Adele Marcus. He gave his first piano recitals at age six in Steinway Hall and Town Hall in New York...
“ 1. Sweet Charity ” - ppaolo_84
Unlike many musicians who started to learn music while still in their childhood, Maurice Jarre was already late in his teens when he discovered music and decided to make a career in that field. Against his father's will, he enrolled at Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussions, composition and harmonies...
“ 1. Lawrence of Arabia ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Scott Pilgrim vs. The world ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. Crash ” - ppaolo_84
Mikis Theodorakis was born in the Greek island of Chios, in 1925. The exact same year that the other great composer of Greece was born in Xanthi, Manos Hatzidakis
. He fought during the 2nd World War, and he was captured at the city of Tripoli. He was tortured, but when he was set free, he joined the partisan army of Greece named EAM...
“ 1. Zorba, the greek. ” - ppaolo_84
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John
, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office
in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film composer.
“ 1. The Village. ” - ppaolo_84
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...
“ 1. Sunset Boulevard. ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Prometheus ” - ppaolo_84
Steven Price is an Academy Award-winning composer. In 2014 his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity won him not only the Academy Award but also the BAFTA, the Critics' Choice Award, the Satellite Award, and ASCAP's first-ever Film Composer of The Year Award. He has since scored Fury, the WWII epic written and directed by David Ayer...
“ 1. Gravity ” - ppaolo_84
“ 1. Atonenment ” - ppaolo_84
“ The Addams Family ” - ppaolo_84
“ Themes used on "Kill Bill" and "Django Unchained" ” - ppaolo_84
Dawn of the planet of the apes ” - ppaolo_84
Harry Gregson-Williams is a composer. He was the composer on all four installments of the blockbuster Shrek franchise; garnered a BAFTA nomination for the score for the first Shrek; and received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score to Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion...
“ The Martian ” - ppaolo_84