Favorite score composers

by ppaolo_84 | created - 21 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

and my favorite scores made by them

1. Bernard Herrmann

Soundtrack | Taxi Driver

The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) 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 ...

1. Psycho 2. Vertigo 3. The day the earth stood still 4. Cape Fear 5. The ghost and Mrs. Muir

2. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

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 ...

1. The Lion King 2. Interstellar 3. Inception 4. The Dark Knight 5. The Dark Knight Rises

3. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

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 ...

1. Edward Scissorhands. 2. Mars Attack. 3. Batman Returns 4. The Nightmare before Christmas 5. Sleepy Hollow

4. Philip Glass

Composer | The Hours

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 ...

1 -The Hours. 2 - Koyaanisqatsi 3 - Notes on a Scandal 4 - Mishima 5 - Kundun

5. Thomas Newman

Music_department | Skyfall

Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...

1. American Beauty 2. Road to Perdition 3. WALLe 4. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 5. Revolutionary Road

6. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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 ...

1. Star Wars 2. Schindler's list. 3. E.T. 4. Jurassic Park.

7. Michael Nyman

Composer | The Piano

Michael Nyman studied piano, harpsichord and music history with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, and musicology with Thurston Dart at King's College, London. Between 1968 and 1978 he worked as a music critic and in 1977 he founded the Campiello Band, later renamed the Michael Nyman Band. ...

1. The Piano. 2. The cook, the thief, his wife and his lover. 3. Gattaca

8. Jonny Greenwood

Soundtrack | The Master

Jonny Greenwood was born on November 5, 1971 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood. He has been married to Sharona Katan since 1995. They have three children.

1. There will be blood 2. The Master 3. Bodysong

9. Wojciech Kilar

Composer | The Pianist

Wojciech Kilar was born on July 17, 1932 in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland. He was a composer, known for The Pianist (2002), Dracula (1992) and The Ninth Gate (1999). He was married to Barbara Pomianowska. He died on December 29, 2013 in Katowice, Slaskie, Poland.

1. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) 2. The Pianist 3. Portait of a Lady

10. 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...

1. Gone with the wind. 2. Casablanca. 3. Now, Voyager.

11. 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...

Fellini's films and The Godfather

12. George Fenton

Composer | Groundhog Day

George Fenton was born on October 19, 1950 in London, England as George Richard Ian Howe. He is known for his work on Groundhog Day (1993), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) and The Bounty Hunter (2010).

1. Dangerous Liaisons 2. Planet Earth 3. Mary Reilly

13. Trent Reznor

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to ...

1. The Social Network 2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. 3. Gone Girl

14. George Gershwin

Soundtrack | Manhattan

He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "...

1. An american in Paris.

15. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

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 ...

1. The good, the bad and the ugly 2. The Mission

16. Zbigniew Preisner

Composer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

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 ...

1. Trois couleurs: Bleu. 2. La double vie de Véronique.

17. Yann Tiersen

Composer | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Yann Tiersen was born on June 23, 1970 in Brest, Finistère, France. He is a composer, known for Amélie (2001), Good Bye Lenin! (2003) and Inescapable (2012).

1. Amelie. 2. Good bye Lenin!

18. Alberto Iglesias

Composer | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Alberto Iglesias was born in 1955 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain as Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi. He is known for his work on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), La piel que habito (2011) and The Constant Gardener (2005).

1. Todo sobre mi madre. 2. La piel que habito 3. Hable con ella

19. Alan Silvestri

Composer | The Polar Express

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 ...

1. Death Becomes Her 2. Forrest Gump 3. Back to the Future

20. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Moon (2009).

1. Requiem for a Dream. 2. Black Swan

21. Jerry Goldsmith

Music_department | Star Trek: First Contact

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 ...

1. Alien 2. Basic Instinct

22. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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 ...

1. The Silence of the Lambs. 2. Cosmopolis

23. 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 ...

1. Blade Runner. 2. 1492.

24. Leonard Bernstein

Soundtrack | New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, ...

1. West Side Story.

25. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer | Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Arrival

26. 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 ...

1. The magnificent seven 2. The age of innocence

27. Björk

Soundtrack | Dancer in the Dark

Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...

1. Dancer in the dark

28. 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, ...

1. Lawrence of Arabia

29. Gustavo Santaolalla

Music_department | Brokeback Mountain

Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, ...

1. Babel

30. Richard Rodgers

Soundtrack | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Richard Rodgers was born on June 28, 1902 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Charles Rodgers. He was married to Dorothy Rodgers. He died on December 30, 1979 in New York City.

1. The sound of music.

31. Carter Burwell

Music_department | Carol

Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and True Grit (2010). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since 1999.

1. Fargo

32. Terence Blanchard

Composer | BlacKkKlansman

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 ...

1. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

33. Mica Levi

Composer | Under the Skin

Mica Levi (also known as "Micachu") was born outside of London to a record collector and professional Cellist in a household where music was not just a hobby, but a starting point for everything. Mica was playing violin as soon as she was old enough to hold one. She was classically trained at the ...

Under the skin. Jackie

34. Daft Punk

Composer | Tron

In April 2013 Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" became the most-played song in any single day on Spotify.

Tron: Legacy

35. Goran Bregovic

Composer | Underground

In the end of '70s and all through the '80s, he was the leader of the most popular Yugoslav band "Bijelo dugme" (from Sarajevo). They published more than 10 LPs, selling altogether more than 15 million copies. He was the first one to introduce "shepperd's rock" (a kind of folk-rock) into popular ...

1. Underground

36. Giorgio Moroder

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Giorgio Moroder was born on April 26, 1940 in Urtijëi, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Hansjörg Moroder.

1. Midnight Express

37. John Barry

Music_department | Dances with Wolves

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 ...

1. Out of Africa. 2. James Bond franchise

38. Henry Mancini

Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's

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 ...

1. The pink Panther. 2. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

39. Air

Soundtrack | The Virgin Suicides

French musical group.

1. The Virgin Suicides

1. Fight Club

41. Jon Brion

Composer | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jon Brion was born on December 11, 1963 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA as Jon Wright Brion. He is a composer, known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Step Brothers (2008) and The Other Guys (2010).

1. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. 2. Magnolia

42. John Kander

Soundtrack | Chicago

John Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as John Harold Kander. He has been married to Albert Stephenson since 2010.

1. Cabaret

43. Cy Coleman

Soundtrack | Ronin

Songwriter ("Witchcraft", "Big Spender", "Hey, Look Me Over"), composer and pianist, educated at the High School of Music and Art and the New York College of Music. He also studied with Rudolph Gruen (on scholarship) and Adele Marcus. He gave his first piano recitals at age six in Steinway Hall and...

1. Sweet Charity

44. Nigel Godrich

Music_department | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Nigel Godrich is known for his work on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Baby Driver (2017) and A Scanner Darkly (2006).

1. Scott Pilgrim vs. The world

45. Marc Shaiman

Soundtrack | Smash

A great talent who started his career in Saturday Night Live (1975), where he worked with colleagues like Rob Reiner or Billy Crystal. He worked for some great stage values as Eric Clapton, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Crystal, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Holliday, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis...

The Addams Family

46. Mark Isham

Composer | Blade

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, ...

1. Crash

47. Mikis Theodorakis

Composer | Z

Mikis Theodorakis was born in the Greek island of Chios, in 1925. The exact same year that the other great composer of Greece was born in Xanthi, Manos Hatzidakis. He fought during the 2nd World War, and he was captured at the city of Tripoli. He was tortured, but when he was set free, he joined ...

1. Zorba, the greek.

48. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

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 (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

1. The Village.

49. Wendy Carlos

Music_department | A Clockwork Orange

Wendy Carlos, one of the great innovators in synthesized and electronic music, was born as Walter Carlos in Rhode Island on November 14, 1939. She underwent a sex-change operation in 1972, details of which she revealed during a surprise Playboy interview in 1979. Walter's last credited release is "...

1. The Shining.

50. Franz Waxman

Composer | Sunset Blvd.

Franz Waxman (Wachsmann) pursued his dream of a career in music despite his family's misgivings. He worked for several years as a bank teller and paid for piano, harmony and composition lessons with his salary. He later moved to Berlin, where he continued his study and progress as a musician. He ...

1. Sunset Boulevard.

51. Marc Streitenfeld

Composer | Prometheus

Marc Streitenfeld was born in 1974 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany. He is known for his work on Prometheus (2012), American Gangster (2007) and Robin Hood (2010).

1. Prometheus

52. Steven Price

Composer | Gravity

Steven Price is an Academy Award-winning composer. In 2014 his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity won him not only the Academy Award but also the BAFTA, the Critics' Choice Award, the Satellite Award, and ASCAP's first-ever Film Composer of The Year Award. He has since scored Fury, ...

1. Gravity

53. Luis Bacalov

Composer | Il postino

Luis Bacalov was born on August 30, 1933 in San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Luis Enríquez Bacalov. He was a composer, known for The Postman (Il Postino) (1994), Django Unchained (2012) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). He died on November 15, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Themes used on "Kill Bill" and "Django Unchained"

54. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

1. Up 2. Dawn of the planet of the apes

55. Jed Kurzel

Composer | Slow West

Jed Kurzel was born in 1976. He is known for his work on Slow West (2015), The Babadook (2014) and Overlord (2018).

1. Alien: covenant. 2. Macbeth.

56. Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer | Shrek

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...

1. Prometheus 2. The Martian

57. Dario Marianelli

Composer | Atonement

Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa and studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent 3 years at the National Film and Television School, from which he graduated in 1997. Dario's film scores include '...

Atonenment

58. Ludwig Göransson

Composer | Black Panther

Ludwig Göransson was born on September 1, 1984 in Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden. He is a composer, known for Black Panther (2018), Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018).

Black Panther

Hereditary

60. Shirley Walker

Music_department | Dick Tracy

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 ...

Batman: The Animated Series



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