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Re: Favorite Music

Post by WarpNein » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:59 am

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I collect movie scores. Just love that type of music, among others.
Any particular favorites? I'll list a few of mine.

Patrick Doyle, favorites being Brannaugh's Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.

Ennio Morricone. The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Mission to Mars (forgettable movie, but great soundtrack)

Elmer Bernstein. The Ten Commandments, as epic as the film itself and one of my all time favorites, and The Magnificent Seven.

Michael Kamen, particularly Prince of Thieves and What Dreams May Come.

Bruce Broughton, for The Rescuers Down Under and Homeward Bound.

James Horner, probably the composer who wrote most of my most listened to soundtracks. Similar motifs show up over and over again in his scores. Themes from Enemy at the Gates remind me of Aliens which in turn reminds me of The Wrath of Khan. Apollo 13 has a great soundtrack, as does Titanic, as does Field of Dreams, but easily my favorite of his works is The Land Before Time.

Alan Menken, Beauty and the Beast

Hans Zimmer, The Lion King and Prince of Egypt.

Thomas Newman, The Shawshank Redemption.

John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon.

John Williams. For the works of his that I most prefer, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park. The interesting thing is, since he's done so many sequel films, the scores tend to become ever more sophisticated in their various motifs. The score for the Return of the Jedi is my favorite Star Wars score, while The Last Crusade gets top marks for Indiana Jones.

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Re: Favorite Music

Post by dJiPi » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:29 pm

Tangerine Dream ;)
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Re: Favorite Music

Post by TrekMD » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:51 pm

Looks like we share a number of composers in common:

James Horner: I love anything he ever composed and, like you, I immediately notice motifs that are similar in his scores. In fact, I was watching Krull the other day and heard familiar tunes as it some of the music was similar to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Alan Menken: All of his Disney scores and songs. Each one has a song that is memorable and, I will admit, I sing along when I listen to them. One of my most favorite is A Whole New World from Aladdin.

Hans Zimmer: The Lion King and Gladiator. I bought the More Music from Gladiator CD as well. Man of Steel. He managed to make me forget about John Williams' score with the theme his new theme for Superman.

James Newton Howard: Atlantis and The Dark Knight.

John Powell: All of his scores for How to Train Your Dragon (I'm glad to see he's back to compose for the third one). I also enjoyed his score for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

John Williams: Is there any score not to like from him? Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Close Encounters, Superman, Harry Potter, ET.... I will quote something that Christopher Reeves once said about the Superman theme by John Williams: "Superman's powers would be greatly diminished without the score by Mr. Williams."

Danny Elfman: Beetlejuice, Batman, Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands, Justice League. His music also shares motifs that make it identifiable as his.

Basil Poledouris: His score for The Hunt for Red October is unforgettable.

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future
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Re: Favorite Music

Post by Tesral » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:11 pm

dJiPi wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:29 pm
Tangerine Dream ;)
I like them. Good relaxation music.
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Re: Favorite Music

Post by MSgtUSAFRet » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:38 pm

Gents,

We do share alot of composers and scores!

James Horner, Alan Menken, Hans Zimmmer, James Newton Howard ("Dinosaur" is one of my favorites), John Powell, and, what list would be complete without the great John Williams!

All the above mentioned score plus scores (didja see what I did there?!) of other composition these gents have made that remain on my playlists.

But I also noticed a few absences of composers:

Michael Giacchino and his beautiful work on Star Trek (2009) ST Nemesis, and ST Beyond. Notable tracks include "Enterprising Men" (2009), "Kirk Enterprises" and "London Calling" (2013) and
"Night on the Yorktown" (2016). Plus his work for Jurassic World, SW: Rouge One, Doctor Strange, John Carter of Mars ("Get Carter","A change of Heart", and "John Carter of Mars" - End titles) and The Incredibles make him a worthy successor to John Williams!

Some others would be:

John Ottman - I love his work on XMen and XMen:Apocalypes; especially "Pyamid Collapse and Main Titles" is awesome! I love his "John Williams-esque" Superman Returns score. His motifs and
character themes are truly wonderful and complement Williams' original score seamlessly - which is more than I can say for Ken Thorne and his failed Superman 2 score.


David Arnold with his Stargate and Independance Day scores are legendary - and these were before his foray into the Bond film scores!


Howard Shore with his Academy Award winning socres for the LOTR! Best track is "The Lighting of the Beacon."

Harry Gregson-Williams - The Chronicles of Narnia and the beautiful Prince of Persia - notable track call out is "Destiny"


Rupert Gregson-Williams (Harry's brother) - who most recently did the astondingly gourgous soundtrack for Wonder Woman! Love the tracks "Amazons Of Themyscira" and "History Lesson" are beautiful!


Steve Jablonsky - Gears Of War, The Island ("My Name is Lincoln") and most, if not all, of the Transformer movie scores! I really like "Arrival to Earth" from the first movie and "Infinite White" from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Not to mention composers for ST:TOS, Fred Steiner, Sol Kaplan ("The Doomsday Machine"), and Alexander Courage. These men shaped how we hear Star Trek. Roddenberry told them to make the soundtracks sound like "Captain Blood" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
who scored Errol Flynn's "The Adventures of Robin Hood"; the score of which was groundbreaking in it's own right.

And last, but certainly not least, Jerry Goldsmith; the man/composer who is as tied to the Star Trek universe as much as John Williams is tied to the Star Wars universe. The motifs he penned for ST:TMP set how a generation
percieves Klingons, Beautiful bald-headed aliens, and the very Starship Enterprise herself - in one film! "The Klingon Battle" became TNG Worf's theme, "Main Title" theme bacame TNG's opening sequence music, and "The Enterprise" and "Leaving Drydock" are
used incessantly in videos displaying any completed TMP or later scale model. He is as much Star Trek as is Roddenberry or the great Gene L. Coon!

Okay. Enough is enough. I listen to these composers music on nearly a daily basis; the music helps me isolate my thoughts at work and concentrate on a task.

I'll probably have another post to highlight themes and motifs of characters.

I love this stuff!

Thanks for reading!

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Re: Favorite Music

Post by TrekMD » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:11 am

All another great group of composers. I didn't have time to sift through my entire collection of CD's to make the list (or my music player!) Glad you listed these additional composers!
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Re: Favorite Music

Post by WarpNein » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:01 am

I was rewatching Castle in the Sky the other day and thought of another composer: Joe Hisaishi, who scores Miyazaki's movies.

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Re: Favorite Music

Post by TrekMD » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:17 am

Those are really good scores too. The Studio Gibli music is nice too. I did get the score for Arrietty The Borrower. That music is by Cécile Corbel.
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Re: Favorite Music

Post by WarpNein » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:34 am

Not to spam the thread, but I thought of another: Christophe Beck. I loved his score for the Muppets.

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Re: Favorite Music

Post by MSgtUSAFRet » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:06 pm

WarpNein wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:34 am
Not to spam the thread, but I thought of another: Christophe Beck. I loved his score for the Muppets.
More recently, Christophe's score for Frozen was equally good. I loved the accapella voices coupled with the orchestra. Beautiful!

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