Favorite Composers

My favorites and my favorite scores from them
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Jerry Goldsmith
Music Department, Total Recall
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...
“ Alien ” - random_guy85
Bernard Herrmann
Music Department, Citizen Kane
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...
“ Vertigo ” - random_guy85
John Williams
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)...
“ Empire Strikes Back/Schindler's List ” - random_guy85
Miklós Rózsa
Music Department, Ben-Hur
'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...
“ Ben Hur ” - random_guy85
Elmer Bernstein
Music Department, Cape Fear
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...
“ Ten Commandments ” - random_guy85
Danny Elfman
Music Department, Corpse Bride
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...
“ Sommersby ” - random_guy85
Shirley Walker
Music Department, True Lies
Shirley Walker was born in Napa, California in 1945. She was educated at Pleasant Hill High School; attended San Francisco State College on piano scholarship; studied composition with Dr. Roger Nixon; and piano with Harald Logan of Berkeley, California. She was soloist with San Francisco Symphony while in high school; performed with various hotel, jazz & art bands in San Francisco, 1964 - 1967...
“ Batman:Mask of the Phantasm ” - random_guy85
Elliot Goldenthal
Composer, Heat
Elliot Goldenthal is an Academy Award-winning composer best known for his original music scores for such films as Frida and Across the Universe, among his other works. He was born on May 2, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a house-painter, and his mother was a seamstress. Young Goldenthal was fond of music and theatre...
“ Interview with a Vampire/Batman and Robin ” - random_guy85
“ Princess Mononoke/I Want to be a Shellfish ” - random_guy85
James Horner
Music Department, Titanic
James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He later completed his Ph.D...
“ Krull ” - random_guy85
John Barry
Music Department, Juke Box Jury
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic environment...
“ Out of Africa ” - random_guy85
Basil Poledouris
Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Eventually, he went on to become a student at USC, where he studied the arts of directing, cinematography, editing, sound and, of course, music. It was also at USC he met John Milius and Randal Kleiser...
“ Starship Troopers/Robocop ” - random_guy85
Henry Mancini
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...
“ Peter Gunn/Breakfast at Tiffany ” - random_guy85
“ How to train your dragon/Paycheck ” - random_guy85
Maurice Jarre
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...
“ Lawrence of Arabia ” - random_guy85
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.
“ The Village ” - random_guy85
Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
“ The Good German ” - random_guy85
John Debney
Music Department, Sin City
Academy® Award nominated and Emmy® Award winner John Debney is considered one of the most prolific and successful composers in Hollywood. His unique ability to create memorable work across a variety of genres, as well as his reputation for being remarkably collaborative, have made him the first choice of top level producers and directors...
“ Passion of the Christ/Lair ” - random_guy85
Alan Silvestri
Composer, Forrest Gump
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...
“ Van Helsing/What Lies Beneath ” - random_guy85
“ The Two Towers/Panic Room ” - random_guy85
Don Davis
Composer, The Matrix
“ Matrix 1/Bound ” - random_guy85
“ Evil Dead ” - random_guy85
Michael McCuistion
Composer, Justice League
Michael McCuistion is an Emmy Award-winning composer who has been working in film and television for over 15 years. Nominated for ten Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards, he has also composed and conducted the music for the Oscar-winning short film My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York, Activision's Spider-Man (2002) (VG)_...
“ Batman/Superman Animated Series, "In Brightest Day" ” - random_guy85
Kristopher Carter
Kristopher Carter began his career as one of the youngest composers to work for Warner Bros, scoring his first episode of 'Batman: The Animated Series' at the age of 22. He received an Emmy Award for "Batman Beyond," as well as seven other Emmy nominations and two Annie Award nominations. Equally at home composing feature film scores...
“ Batman/Superman Animated Series, "Apokolips Now" ” - random_guy85
Lolita Ritmanis
Lolita Ritmanis is a ten time Emmy Award nominated composer, having won this award in 2001 for her work on the animated series Batman Beyond for outstanding music composition. Lolita received her first Primetime Emmy Nomination for her Main Title Theme for the Warner Bros. television series Justice League...
“ Batman/Superman Animated Series, "A Fish Story" ” - random_guy85
Stan LePard
Music Department, Halo 3
“ Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge ” - random_guy85
“ God of War Saga ” - random_guy85
Harry Gregson-Williams
Composer, Shrek
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...
“ Kingdom of Heaven/Sinbad ” - random_guy85
William T. Stromberg
A native of Oceanside, California, who hails from a family of filmmakers, William T. Stromberg balances his career as a composer of strikingly vivid film scores with that of a busy conductor in Marco Polo's Classic Film Score Series. Besides conducting his own scores - including his recent music for the thriller...
“ Trinity and Beyond ” - random_guy85
“ The Golden Compass ” - random_guy85
Hans Zimmer
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)...
“ Crimson Tide ” - random_guy85
Philip Glass
Music Department, The Truman Show
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...
“ The Hours ” - random_guy85
Terence Blanchard
Composer, Inside Man
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...
“ 25th Hour/Inside Man ” - random_guy85
“ An Unfinished Life ” - random_guy85
“ Steamboy ” - random_guy85
“ The Fountain ” - random_guy85
Soundtrack, Collateral
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 ” - random_guy85
“ Star Trek VI ” - random_guy85
John Ottman
John Ottman holds dual distinctions as a leading film composer and an award winning film editor. Ottman has often completed both monumental tasks on the same films. Such remarkable double duties have included The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, and Jack the Giant Killer. He has also held producer roles on several of these films...
“ X2 ” - random_guy85
Lorne Balfe
Music Department, Inception
“ Modern Warfare 2 ” - random_guy85