Your Top Ten (or five) Composers

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  1. Darth_Davi Jedi Master

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    1. John Williams - His entire body of work speaks for itself. Almost all of the most recognizable movie themes of all time were composed by Williams. If John Williams had been born 250 years ago, he would have fit right in with Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach.
    2. Basil Poledouris - Conan the Barbarian
    3. Ennio Morricone - The Mission
    4. Alan Silvestri - The Abyss
    5. Danny Elfman - Batman
    6. James Horner - Apollo 13
    7. Howard Shore - LOTR
    8. Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek
    9. Carmine Coppola/Nino Rota - The Godfather
    10. Bill Conti - Rocky
  2. andy1044 Jedi Grand Master

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    That's not entirely true. Williams composes in the Romantic Straussian/Wagnerian style (with a fair amount of jazz thrown in) that was popular in the late 1800s. If he had been composing during the Baroque and Classical periods, as were Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, his work would have probably been panned and labeled too radical.
  3. Darth_Davi Jedi Master

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    There's always a nitpicker...I was referring to technical ability, not style.
  4. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    Actually, there might have been some animosity between Williams and the other composers because of influences and "rip-offs". :p
  5. andy1044 Jedi Grand Master

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    Though Stravinsky would have loved Williams, not to mention Zimmer and Horner.

    "A good composer does not imitate; he steals."
  6. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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    Yeah, Zimmer's going to write the next Rite of Spring. Stravinsky would have been very impressed with his talent.
  7. elemental_fantasy Jedi Master

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    Actually, if williams was a live 250 years ago he woulda been a rip off, as that era is where he was most inspired, i might be wrong though.
  8. Healthiest_Stomach Jedi Padawan

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    I can't believe I haven't seen Brad Fiedal yet in this thread.
  9. GrandAdmiral_Frank Jedi Master

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    John Williams-Star Wars
    Alan Slyverstri-The Predator
    Jerry Goldsmith-Alien
    Hanz Zimmer-Batman
    James Horner-Commando
    Ennio Morricone-The Untouchables
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