Favourite Swashbuckler Movie Composers

by mister_gs | created - 22 Sep 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Personal favourites are Michel Legrand (that's why he's on top of the list), Alfred Newman, Max Steiner and, most of all, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Thanks for checking, enjoy.

1. Michel Legrand

Composer | The Thomas Crown Affair

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,...

2. Alfred Newman

Composer | All About Eve

Alfred Newman was born on March 17, 1901 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on All About Eve (1950), How the West Was Won (1962) and Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938). He was married to Martha Montgomery and Mary Lou Dix. He died on February 17, 1970 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

3. Allyn Ferguson

Music_department | Dune

Allyn Ferguson was born on October 18, 1924 in San Jose, California, USA as Allyn Malcolm Ferguson Jr. He is known for his work on Dune (1984), Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). He was married to Joline Clary. He died on June 23, 2010 in Westlake Village, ...

4. Bronislau Kaper

Composer | Mutiny on the Bounty

Born: February 5, 1902 in Warsaw, Poland Died: April 25, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA Kaper displayed musical talent as early as the age of seven when his family acquired a piano. His inclination to music led him to study both piano and composition, while also taking courses in law to ...

5. Bruce Broughton

Music_department | Lost in Space

Bruce Broughton composes in almost every medium, from theatrical motion pictures and television to computer games, in styles ranging from large symphonic settings ("Silverado") to contemporary electronic scores (the recently Emmy-nominated "The Dive from Clausen's Pier"). Broughton has written the ...

6. Bruno Coulais

Composer | Les choristes

Bruno Coulais was born on January 13, 1954 in Paris, France. He is a composer, known for The Chorus (2004), Winged Migration (2001) and Coraline (2009).

7. David Buttolph

Composer | 13 Rue Madeleine

Prolific screen composer, arranger, and conductor, educated at Juillard and the Academie fur Musik in Vienna. He played in night clubs in Vienna and Munich from 1923 to 1926, then was an opera coach in Munich, 1926-1927. In 1927 he conducted for NBC, and then became music director for WGY in ...

8. Ed Shearmur

Composer | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Ed Shearmur was born on February 28, 1966 in London, England. He is known for his work on Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Charlie's Angels (2000) and Miss Congeniality (2000).

9. Elmer Bernstein

Composer | Far from Heaven

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 ...

10. Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Composer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. He was a child prodigy who composed his first orchestral piece at 14 and drew the attention of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and many other prominent composers and conductors. He had begun a promising career as a serious composer of...

11. Ezio Carabella

Music_department | Grattacieli

12. Georges Delerue

Composer | Platoon

Georges Delerue was born on March 12, 1925 in Roubaix, Nord, France as Georges Henri Jean-Baptiste Delerue. He was a composer, known for Platoon (1986), The Day of the Dolphin (1973) and Twins (1988). He was married to Micheline Gautron. He died on March 20, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

15. Guido De Angelis

Composer | Il mondo di Yor

Guido De Angelis was born on December 22, 1944 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer and producer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), All the Way Boys (1972) and Grindhouse (2007).

16. Maurizio De Angelis

Composer | Il mondo di Yor

Maurizio De Angelis was born on February 22, 1947 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), All the Way Boys (1972) and Grindhouse (2007).

17. Hans J. Salter

Soundtrack | Detroit Rock City

Wrote most of his scores for films and television shows made by Universal; he was with them for nearly thirty years.

18. Herbert Stothart

Music_department | The Wizard of Oz

Of Scottish and German ancestry, Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1885. At first, he was slated for a career as a teacher of history. However, he became enamored with music while singing in a school choir, and again, later, while attending the University of Wisconsin. There, he...

19. Howard Blake

Composer | Flash Gordon

Howard Blake was born on October 28, 1938 in London, England as Howard David Blake. He is a composer, known for Flash Gordon (1980), The Avengers (1961) and Victor Victoria (1982).

20. Jacques Loussier

Composer | The Mercenaries

Jacques Loussier was born on October 26, 1934 in Angers, France. He is a composer, known for Dark of the Sun (1968), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Le Doulos (1963).

21. 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 ...

22. Jean Marion

Composer | Le grand restaurant

Son-in-law of André Hunebelle and brother-in-law of Jean Halain.

23. Jean-Claude Petit

Composer | Cyrano de Bergerac

Jean-Claude Petit was born on November 14, 1943 in Vaires-sur-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, France. He is a composer, known for Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), The Horseman on the Roof (1995) and Jean de Florette (1986).

24. John Addison

Music_department | Sleuth

John Addison was born on March 16, 1920 in West Chobham, Surrey, England as John Mervyn Addison. He is known for his work on Sleuth (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). He was married to Pamela Addison. He died on December 7, 1998 in Bennington, Vermont, USA.

25. John Morris

Music_department | The Elephant Man

John Morris was born on October 18, 1926 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as John Leonard Morris. He is known for his work on The Elephant Man (1980), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Coach (1989).

26. Lalo Schifrin

Music_department | Rush Hour

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 (1966), Mannix (1967), Starsky and Hutch (1975), Cool Hand Luke (1967), and Bullitt (1968). Schifrin has ...

27. Maksim Dunaevskiy

Composer | Park Sovetskogo perioda

Maksim Dunaevskiy was born on January 15, 1945 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Maksim Isaakovich Dunaevskiy. He is a composer, known for Park Sovetskogo perioda (2006), Granitsa. Tayozhnyy roman (2001) and Na ostriye mecha (1986).

28. Mark Knopfler

Soundtrack | The Princess Bride

Mark Knopfler recorded his first single at age 16, but it was never released, He started the band Dire Straits in 1977, they were signed to Vertigo Records in 1978 and recorded the album "Dire Straits", which featured their first major hit single, "Sultans of Swing". Their follow-up albums include ...

29. Maurice Jarre

Composer | Lawrence of Arabia

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, ...

30. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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...

31. Michel Polnareff

Soundtrack | Lipstick

Michel Polnareff was born on July 3, 1944 in Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne, France.

32. Miklós Rózsa

Composer | 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 ...

33. Nick Glennie-Smith

Music_department | The Rock

Nick Glennie-Smith was born on October 3, 1951 in London, England. He is known for his work on The Rock (1996), We Were Soldiers (2002) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). He is married to Jan Glennie-Smith. They have four children.

34. Philip Sainton

Composer | Moby Dick

Started work on Chaplin's "A King in New York" (1957) but resigned

35. Philippe Sarde

Composer | Barocco

Philippe Sarde was born on June 21, 1948 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Philippe Albert Sarde. He is a composer, known for Barocco (1976), The Tenant (1976) and Tess (1979).

36. Robert Farnon

Music_department | Bear Island

Robert Farnon was born on July 24, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Robert Joseph Farnon. He is known for his work on Bear Island (1979), Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) and The Truth About Spring (1965). He was married to Patricia Smith. He died on April 23, 2005 in Guernsey, Channel ...

37. Tony Banks

Soundtrack | American Psycho

Tony Banks was born on March 27, 1950 in East Heathly, Sussex, England as Anthony George Banks. He has been married to Margaret Mcbain since July 29, 1972. They have two children.

38. Trevor Jones

Composer | Cliffhanger

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...

39. Vangelis

Composer | Alexander

Vangelis is a composer and performer who works almost exclusively with electronic instruments. He is probably most well known for his Chariots of Fire (1981) and Blade Runner (1982) soundtracks or for the tracks used in the Cosmos (1980) television series. He has been involved in many musical ...

40. Victor Young

Composer | The Quiet Man

Violinist and conductor Victor Young was a prolific composer and arranger, who worked on more than 300 film scores over a period of twenty years. He came from an impoverished, but musical background and was trained on the violin at the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, later studying piano in Paris ...