66 Great Composers Ever

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1.
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)...
“ GLADIATOR
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
Pirates of the Caribbean
Crysis 2 - GAME ” - panerai
 
2.
Mark Isham
Composer, Crash
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...
“ Crash !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” - panerai
 
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“ Seven Pounds
La Mujer De Mi Hermano ” - panerai
 
4.
“ A Bittersweet Life ” - panerai
 
5.
Michael Gore
Music Department, The Hangover
“ Terms of Endearment ” - panerai
 
6.
“ St. Elmo's Fire ” - panerai
 
7.
“ Okuribito
Kikujiro ” - panerai
 
8.
“ Beverly Hills Cop
Top Gun ” - panerai
 
9.
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...
“ Braveheart ” - panerai
 
10.
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)...
“ JURRASIC PARK
INDIANA JONES
STAR WARS ” - panerai
 
11.
Mark Mancina
Music Department, Criminal Minds
Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day, is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely used as a temp track...
“ BAD BOYS ” - panerai
 
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“ drive arbitage ” - panerai
 
13.
Jan Hammer
Music Department, Miami Vice
Jan Hammer's musical career is as firmly rooted in the fundamentals of classical, jazz and rock as it is committed to the future of electronics, synthesized sound, the possibilities of interactive media, television, film and animation. His walls are lined with Grammy awards and gold and platinum plaques from around the world...
“ Miami Vice ” - panerai
 
14.
“ Twin Peaks ” - panerai
 
15.
Trevor Jones
Composer, Notting Hill
As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career choice...
“ The Last of the Mohicans ” - panerai
 
16.
Randy Newman
Music Department, Toy Story 3
“ The Last of the Mohicans ” - panerai
 
17.
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 ” - panerai
 
18.
Ennio Morricone
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...
“ Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo ” - panerai
 
19.
Éric Serra
Music Department, The Fifth Element
Eric Serra was born on September 9th, 1959 near Paris in France. His mother died when he was only 7 years old. His father, Claude Serra was a well-know songwriter in France in late 50s and 60s. Serra began to learn play the guitar at 11 years old and became a professional musician for Mory Kante;, Didier Lockwood and Michel Murty at 15 years old...
“ Léon ” - panerai
 
20.
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.
“ Glengarry Glen Ross
The Devil's Advocate
Gnomeo & Juliet
I Am Legend ” - panerai
 
21.
“ I'm Here ” - panerai
 
22.
Miles Goodman
Goodman attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (There is now a scholarship there bearing his name.) At Antioch, he was an English major. Goodman studied Shakespeare in London and originally desired to be a director. He studied with private music teachers including Albert Harris and instead became involved in composing music and producing albums.
“ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ” - panerai
 
23.
A.R. Rahman
Allah Rakha Rahman was born A.S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966, in Madras (now Chennai), India, to a musically affluent family. Dileep started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, he joined Ilaiyaraaja's troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11...
“ Slumdog Millionaire ” - panerai
 
24.
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...
“ Forrest Gump
Predators ” - panerai
 
25.
Michael Kamen
Music Department, Lethal Weapon
“ The Three Musketeers
Band of Brothers ” - panerai
 
26.
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...
 
27.
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...
 
28.
Trevor Rabin
Composer, The Guardian
Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in London and released three solo albums...
 
29.
“ Love Story ” - panerai
 
30.
“ The Time Machine
Equilibrium ” - panerai
 
31.
Brad Fiedel
Music Department, True Lies
Extremely talented, prolific and versatile composer Brad Fiedel was born on March 10, 1951 in New York City. His mother was a dancer and his father was a composer and musician. Brad started out as a keyboardist for Hall & Oates. Fiedel first began composing music for movies in the mid-70s for such low-budget pictures as The Astrologer...
 
32.
Jack Nitzsche
Music Department, Death Proof
“ One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ” - panerai
 
33.
Klaus Badelt
Music Department, Gladiator
It has been a few years since Klaus' large-scale score to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl defined the franchise and brought him worldwide mass attention. Since then, Klaus continues to write for major motion pictures with top-names like Wolfgang Petersen, Michael Mann, Richard Donner, Francis Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein...
“ The Time Machine ” - panerai
 
34.
Clannad
Clannad (short for Clann As Dobhar, "the family from Dore") is a traditional Irish music group dating back over a quarter of a century with multiple hit records in Ireland, the UK, and the US. Clannad are Maire Brennan (vocals, keyboards, harp), Ciarán Brennan (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar), Noel Duggan (Acoustic guitar) and Padraig Duggan (Acoustic guitar).
“ Robin of Sherwood ” - panerai
 
36.
Vangelis
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
Chariots Of Fire
Conquest of paradise ” - panerai
 
37.
Vusi Mahlasela
Music Department, Tsotsi
“ TSOTSI ” - panerai
 
38.
Elmer Bernstein
Music Department, Airplane!
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...
“ Ghost Busters ” - panerai
 
39.
Don Davis
Composer, The Matrix
“ The Matrix ” - panerai
 
40.
“ The Lord of the Rings ” - panerai
 
41.
Michal Lorenc
Composer, Blood and Wine
Michal Lorenc is one of the most eminent, contemporary composers of film scores. He was born in 1955 in Warsaw. Since his debut in 1979, he has made music for more than 150 feature films, documentaries, tv-serials and theatre performances. He has worked with best Polish, Czech, British and American film directors...
“ 300 mil do nieba ____POLAND____ ” - panerai
 
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“ Czarne chmury ____POLAND____ ” - panerai
 
43.
Zbigniew Preisner
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...
“ TRZY KOLORY ____POLAND____ ” - panerai
 
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“ JANOSIK ____POLAND____ ” - panerai
 
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“ ____POLAND____ ” - panerai
 
46.
Jeremy Soule
A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Jeremy Soule began life as a passionate composer of symphonic music at a very early age. Since the age of five, Soule took an intense interest in the symphony orchestra. "The Orchestra is the ultimate instrument. I find that it has the ability to define nearly every human emotion in existence" stated Soule from his Cascadian studio in the Great Northwest of America...
“ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
47.
“ MSR passion ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
48.
Tommy Tallarico
Sound Department, Aladdin
Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon. As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. He is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps & bloops to real music now appreciated worldwide by millions of fans...
“ Treasures Of The Deep ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
49.
Ryuji Iuchi
Composer, Shenmue
“ Shenmue ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
50.
“ Mirror's Edge ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
51.
Chris Huelsbeck
Chris Huelsbeck was born 1968 in Kassel, Germany. He found himself dedicated to music at a very young age and started some piano lessons. At 14 he got his first computer, the legendary C64 (Commodore) on which he started to learn programming. Some years later he won the first price in a computer-music contest in a famous german computer magazin...
“ The Great Giana Sisters ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
52.
Inon Zur
Composer, Fallout 3
Three-time Bafta nominated composer Inon Zur is internationally renowned for his emotionally dynamic original music scores for film, television and popular video game franchises, such as Fallout series, Dragon Age series, Disney's Fantasia, and Prince of Persia series. Most recently Fallout 4 was selected...
“ Men of Valor ____GAME____ ” - panerai
 
53.
Nino Rota
Composer, The Godfather
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...
 
54.
Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
 
55.
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...
 
56.
Johnny Mandel
Music Department, M*A*S*H
 
57.
Lalo Schifrin
Music Department, Mission: Impossible
Immensely talented, Argentinian born pianist, conductor and composer who has written over 100 scores for both television & the cinema including the memorable themes to Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Starsky and Hutch, Cool Hand Luke, and Bullitt. Schifrin has regularly worked alongside Clint Eastwood...
“ Mission: Impossible ” - panerai
 
58.
George Fenton
Music Department, Gandhi
“ Dzien swistaka ” - panerai
 
59.
Malcolm Arnold
Born in Northampton on 21st October 1921, Malcolm Arnold studied composition with Gordon Jacob and trumpet with Ernest Hall at the Royal College of Music. In 1941 he joined the trumpet section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming principal by 1943. After two years of war service and one season...
 
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61.
Richard Rodney Bennett
Richard Rodney Bennett was an eclectic composer of serious orchestral works, jazz songs and music for stage and screen. Of the former, his most famous compositions include a First Symphony, a piano concerto and four string quartets. Among the latter are scores for operas, such as the dramatic "The Mines of Sulphur" and the more light-hearted and satirical "A Penny for a Song"...
 
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63.
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
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...
 
65.
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...
 
66.
Quincy Jones
Considered to be one of the greatest minds in music and television history, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. was born on March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Sarah Frances (Wells), a bank executive, and Quincy Delight Jones, Sr., a carpenter. Jones found his love for music while he was enrolled in grade school at Seattle's Garfield High School...
 
67.
Dave Grusin
Music Department, Good Times