Your Top Ten (or five) Composers

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  1. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    List your favorite film composers and what score introduced you to them or which score really made you appreciate their work and actively seek out their other scores.

    1. Basil Poledouris - Farewell to the King
    2. Jerry Goldsmith - Medicine Man
    3. John Williams - Star Wars
    4. Joe Hisaishi - Spirited Away
    5. Patrick Doyle - A Little Princess
    6. Elliot Goldenthal - Final Fantasy the Spirits Within
    7. James Newton Howard - Dinosaur
    8. Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven
    9. John Barry - The Living Daylights
    10. Hans Zimmer - The Prince of Egypt
  2. Robi-Wan Force Ghost

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    I've always felt something special about filmmusic, but after I saw Spider-Man in the cinema and heard the theme at the beginning, I knew what I wanted to do the rest of my life. That really opened the door to filmmusic for me.


    1. Danny Elfman - Spider-Man
    2. Hans Zimmer - Batman Begins
    3. John Williams - Star Wars saga
    4. Don Davis - The Matrix trilogy
    5. Klaus Badelt - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    6. Howard Shore - LOTR trilogy

  3. Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus

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    1. John Williams - Star Wars
    2. Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings
    3. James Horner - The Perfect Storm
    4. Hans Zimmer - Gladiator
    5. Danny Elfman - Batman
  4. andy1044 Jedi Grand Master

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    1. Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings
    2. Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    3. John Williams - Jurassic Park
    4. James Newton Howard - Blood Diamond
    5. Harry Gregson-Williams - The Chronicles of Narnia
    6. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - The Adventures of Robin Hood
    7. Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven
    8. Hans Zimmer - A World Apart
    9. Danny Elfman - Mars Attacks (haha, true story)
    10. Basil Poleduoris - The Hunt for Red October

    Howard Shore was the composer who inspired me to pursue a career as a film composer. I still remember which cue did it for me as well. The way he scored Theoden rallying the Rohirrim before the Battle of the Pellanor in The Return of the King spoke to me in a way nothing else had and convinced me that I had to become a film composer as well.
  5. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    That certainly is a fantastically scored sequence.
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    1. John Williams - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Bernard Herrmann - The Ghost and Mrs Muir
    3. John Barry - The Lion In Winter
    4. Ennio Morricone - Cinema Paradiso
    5. Danny Elfman - Batman
    6. Elmer Bernstein - To Kill A Mockingbird
    7. James Horner - Krull
    8. Franz Waxman - A Place In The Sun
    9. Jerry Goldsmith - The Omen
    10. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - The Adventures of Robin Hood



    At the moment, that's what I could come up with.
  7. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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    No particular order.

    John Williams - Star Wars
    Patrick Doyle - A Little Princess or Henry V
    Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Kings Row
    Alan Menken - Aladdin
    Philip Glass - The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
  8. Trentman359 Jedi Knight

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    John Williams Star Wars
    Jerry Goldsmith Planet of the Apes
    James Horner Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    Howard Shore Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Hans Zimmer The Lion King
    Danny Elfman Batman
    Christopher Franke Babylon 5

    Great thread by the way!!!
  9. Indiana_Fett Jedi Master

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    Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    John Williams - Home Alone
    Danny Elfman - The Nightmare Before christmas (I saw this when I was 3 or 4)
    James Horner - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    Hans Zimmer - The Critic theme
  10. elemental_fantasy Jedi Master

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    Hans Zimmer
    Harry Gregson-Williams
    steve jablonsky
    trevor rabin
    craig armstrong
    nick glennie-smith
    john williams
    Danny elfman
    James horner


    I know I am skipping a few, but yeah, have Bob Badami do a lil music mixin to there scores, now were talkin. : )
  11. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

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    John Williams - Star Wars
    Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    Howard Shore - The Two Towers
    John Barry - A View To A Kill

    I can't really decide on a fifth right now.
  12. DarthButt Manager Emeritus

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    John Williams - SW Saga
    Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: First Contact
    James Horner - Star Trek: II & III
    Danny Elfman - Batman
    Howard Shore - LOTR
    Bill Conti - Rocky

    Edit: Thanks for reminding me about Bill Conti s_g. :)
  13. snowspeeder_gunner Jedi Master

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    Harry Gregson-Williams - The Chronicles of Narnia
    John Williams- SW
    Bill Conti- Rocky II
    Howard Shore- LOTR
    Michael Gore- Terms of Endearment

    I'm also partial to the Space Jam soundtrack.
  14. Well_Of_Souls Force Ghost

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    Top 5:
    John Williams - Superman: The Movie
    Danny Elfman - Batman
    Jerry Goldsmith - Alien
    James Newton Howard - Waterworld
    Elliot Goldenthal - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

    Honorable Mention:
    Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Basil Poledouris - Conan the Barbarian

    Maybe 5 years ago I would have had James Horner in there somewhere, too, but he and I had a bit of a falling out somewhere along the line. ;)
  15. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    I remember the exact moment when I stopped respecting Horner: Bicentennial Man...
  16. Jackalope Jedi Padawan

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    My Favorite Film Composers (with favorite score(s) by that composer):

    1. John Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark; The Empire Strikes Back
    2. Joe Hisaishi - Spirited Away; Laputa: Castle in the Sky
    3. John Barry - On Her Majesty's Secret Service; You Only Live Twice
    4. Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    5. Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven
    6. Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    7. James Horner - Rocketeer
    8. Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    9. Danny Elfman - Batman
    10. Tan Dun - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  17. EllenRipley Jedi Knight

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    1. Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    2. John Williams - Star Wars and Indy
    3. James Horner - Star Trek 2/Krull
    4. Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings
    5. David Arnold - Stargate
    6. Basil Poledouris - Robocop
    7. Elmer Bernstein - Ghostbusters
    8. Danny Elfman - Batman
    9. Alan Silvestri - The Abyss
    10. Michael Kamen - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  18. halibut Ex-Mod

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    Interesting that everyone is picking LOTR for Howard Shore. For me, he became a "great" composer after Silence of the Lambs. A wonderful score.

    And thank you to whoever mentioned Christopher Franke :)
  19. EllenRipley Jedi Knight

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    LotR is a great gateway. I couldn't "get" anything by Shore beforehand, but everything I've heard since has been good.
  20. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    I'm quite surprised that only three of us have mentioned James Newton Howard. I figured he would be a shoe in.
  21. VADERVADERVADERVADER Jedi Padawan

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    1.John Williams - Star Wars!!!! 'NUFF SAID!!!!! AND Harry Potter AND Indiana Jones AND Jurassic Park etc. etc. ..........
    2.Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings
    3.Hans Zimmer - Pirates
    4.James Newton Howard - King Kong
    5.Harry-Gregson Williams - Narnia
    6.Danny Elfman - Spider-Man
    7.Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future
    8.Steve Jablonsky - Transformers
    9.Christopher Young - Ghost Rider
    10.Trevor Rabin - National Treasure

    I also love Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, John Ottoman, John Powell, Klaus Badelt, Jerry Goldsmith, etc. I could go on and on!
  22. Well_Of_Souls Force Ghost

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    He's underrated on this board it seems. He's been one of my favorites ever since Waterworld. And his score for Signs is one of the best thriller scores of all time, right up there with Jaws and Psycho for me.
  23. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    Agreed. He's also a strong thematic composer which I figured would have made him popular here.
  24. andy1044 Jedi Grand Master

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    JNH is fast becoming one of my favorite composers. As you said, his use of strong themes as well as original writing make him a force to be reckoned with in the scoring world. Also, his tasteful use of percussion in some of his scores is quite nice. It's never too over the top and complements the rest of the music very well.
  25. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    JNH is good. Waterworld is great, Lady in the Water is lovely. Peter Pan has some great material. But he's also got a whole lot of stuff that doesn't particularly do anything for me. He's consistently pretty strong, but not a favorite of mine.
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