My Favorite Composers

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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...
 
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Alan Menken
Music Department, Beauty and the Beast
New York-songwriter and film composer, Alan Menken is best known for his unforgettable music for Disney movies like Calypso music of The Little Mermaid, the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast, the Arabian tale Aladdin or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas just to name a few...
 
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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.
 
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Howard Shore
Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee College of Music, a college of contemporary music located in Boston...
 
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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)...
 
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John Paesano
Composer, The Maze Runner
John Paesano studied classical music with Professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris, and continued his studies at Berklee College of Music where he focused on composition. On his path to scoring films on his own, he served minor roles among some of the industry's most prestigious composers...
“ For his Another Cinderella Story score suite. ” - hayleyanne77
 
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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...
 
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Klaus Badelt
Music Department, Gladiator
Klaus Badelt has written music for over 25 major Hollywood films. He composed the acclaimed score for 2003's top-grossing movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. His composer credits include: Werner Herzog's Invincible, K-19: The Widowmaker, The Recruit, Ned Kelly, Basic, The In-Laws, Catwoman, and the upcoming, animated feature Curious George (currently in production)...
 
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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)...
 
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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...
 
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David Newman
Composer, Ice Age
In his 25 year career, David Newman has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, Serenity, and Alvin and the Chipmonks: The Squeakuel. Newman's music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; top-grossing comedies Norbit...
 
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Aaron Zigman
Composer, The Notebook
Aaron Zigman is the ultimate modern film composer. As a classically-trained musician, conductor and composer, he has a degree of versatility rarely seen amongst even today's top talent. His deep classical roots combined with his ability to read the pulse of pop culture, has enabled him to write, co-write and produce songs for music's all-time greatest performers (Aretha Franklin...
 
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Murray Gold
Composer, Doctor Who
Five-time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold has been the composer of Doctor Who since its 2005 re-launch. One of the most inspired and uncompromising composers in his field, Gold composes for theatre, film, and television. In addition to his two BAFTA nominations for Doctor Who, Gold earned BAFTA nominations for Vanity Fair...
 
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“ For Australia and Aquamarine. ” - hayleyanne77
 
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