This is my list of the best music composers that have made an iconic music for films.
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...
“ We all know Ennio Morricone from the evergreen Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns which have remained iconic. Every piece of music he makes gives a sense of emotion that overwhelms you. If I am working or studying for an exam, I have his music in my ears which lifts me up and at the same time relaxes me. A true musical genius! ” - RAJESHKUMARBHARDWAJ
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)...
“ Movies like Inception and The Dark Knight are credited to his name but Hans has been a part of cinematic music since the 80s where he captures sometimes intense to relaxed moments in a film that depicts the story to another level. ” - RAJESHKUMARBHARDWAJ
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...
“ A.R Rahman is the Yoda of cinematic music where he started off a career in making music for Bollywood movies. His unique and pedantic sound made him stand out amongst the others that were lingering in Bollywood which I think makes him the best thing to come out of India. ” - RAJESHKUMARBHARDWAJ
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.
“ I love listening to JNH 's music. It entwines itself with the context of the story and the characters of the film. My most favourite soundtrack is the soundtrack from King Kong. The scene where the Kong reunites with Ann Darrow in New York always gets to me. This is not just to credit the actors but the score that is played in this particular scene. That is why he is on my list. ” - RAJESHKUMARBHARDWAJ
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)...
“ My favourite musical piece is the score from the Superman movies which are recognisable almost at the start of the theme. Without John Williams I don't think we could think of cinema without his music. ” - RAJESHKUMARBHARDWAJ
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...
“ Ever since I heard the score from Crash, I was eager to hear even more music from this musical don. ” - RAJESHKUMARBHARDWAJ