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Favorite film composers


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Being a relative newbie here, I'm not sure if this subject has been mentioned. If so, I apologize in advance.



But we all know that a film score can truly enhance a movie.  The music can accentuate the emotions conveyed in a film. That score can make a film a more special experience.



My favorite film composer was John Barry. He composed some of the most memorable scores I've heard in movies. From the truly magnificent score he composed for my favorite film, "The Lion in Winter", through "Born Free", "Out of Africa", "Chaplin", and the music to many of the James Bond themes, Barry was a master at composing.



Of course there was Bernard Herrmann. The Hitchcock films, "Psycho", "North by Northwest", and my favorite of the Hitchcock scores, "Vertigo". Some of the most beautiful music ever composed on film is in "Vertigo". In my opinion.



There are some decent film composers today. Alexandre Desplat (who composed the music for "The King's Speech", among others) is a fine composer.



Who are some of your favorites?

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Yeah, some might say this topic has been beaten to death.  But, as a music lover, I never tire of it.


Mine were:

Franz Waxman

Jerry Goldsmith

Aaron Copeland

Henry Mancini

Neil Hefti

Lalo Schifrin

and even maybe Jay Ferguson



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Ennio Morricone:



The Untouchables
The Mission
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Duck, You Sucker! (aka A Fistful of Dynamite)
Once Upon a Time in the West
Cinema Paradiso
The Thing
The Red Tent
Once Upon a Time in America
For A Few Dollars More


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