Thursday, October 24, 2013

Who is Your Favorite Movie Music Composer




Elmer Bernstein is mine. I don't know how any person could compose so many distinct and gorgeous pieces of music. I couldn't choose a favorite.

Who is your favorite composer and if it's Bernstein what is your favorite piece?

15 comments:

Scott Parker said...

John Williams formed many of my imaginings for over thirty years. A modern one I like a lot is Michael Giacchino. He did great work w/The Incredibles, Star Trek, Lost, and John Carter.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Hans Zimmer and Rogers & Hammerstein (Sound of Music).

SandyG265 said...

My favorite is John Williams. I enjoy listening to his scores.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I forgot to mention Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" and "Phantom of the Opera."

Richard said...

I have a couple: Howard Shore, especially his music for Lord of the Rings, and James Horner for many of his great soundtracks.

George said...

I'm with Rick: Howard Shore and James Horner are my favorites right now.

Dana King said...

Bernstein's hard to beat. Jerry Goldsmith was also very good. Williams is great at the big movies (Jaws, Star Wars, ET, Superman), but not so much on films where virtuoso scoring is not needed.

Yvette said...

Elmer Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven, Walk on the Wild Side and so many others.

Currently, John Williams.

sandra seamans said...

I always like Burt Bacharach and Marvin Hamlish.

Erik Donald France said...

Ennio Morricone, hands down.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota,Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein.
Least liked-anything by Marvin Hamlisch.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Goldsmith--his haunting music for "Chinatown" set the tone for that fabulous movie. But Elmer Bernstein holds a place in my heart because the first time I saw his name was in the opening credits of "Animal House." And let's not forget one of my secret boyfriends, former Oingo Boingo frontman, Simpsons music composer, and John Williams to Tim Burton's Spielberg, Danny Elfman.

Deb

Anders E said...

Ennio Morricone and John Barry.

John said...

Some others not mentioned: Franz Waxman, Miklos Roza (SPELLBOUND and his use of the Theramin - genuis), Aaron Copland (THE HEIRESS, THE RED PONY) and Alfred Newman, father of Thomas Newman and uncle to Randy Newman, both film composers and musicians.


Elmer Bernstein did the music for TO KILL A MOCKINGCIERD which is one of my favorite film scores. It's so evocative of a nostalgic past. It's a true gift to be able to capture the emotional weight of a movie through music.

I hate Hans Zimmer's digital "compositions". I'm too much of a purist.

Kelly Robinson said...

Morricone is great, and I also love Angelo Badalamenti (of Twin Peaks fame).