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...what other Composers do you like?

Besides John Williams who is my favorite. Is Hans Zimmer, James Horner & Danny Elfman esspecially the Corpse Bride Score

Sorry for Mistakes.

Hans Zimmer --> The Last Samurai, The Weather Man & Gladiator

James Horner --> Deep Impact, Braveheart, Troy

Danny Elfman---> Corpse Bride, The Frighteners, Spiderman, Sleepy Hollow

Jerry Goldsmith--> The 13th Warriror

Michael Nyman --> The Libertine, The Piano

John Debney ---> The Passion of the Christ & Zathura...

well...thats it for the moment. For John Williams, I like most of all the Scores of him. So I Can't Count Them but one of my favorites are The Terminal, Hook & Munich (Besides Star Wars & Indiana Jones ^^)

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My other favourite composers beside JW are:

Alan Silvestri - Too many favourites to list (same with Williams)

Elmer Bernstein - Heavy Metal, Ghostbusters, The Great Escape

Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek (mainly TMP), The Mummy, 13th Warrior

James Newton Howard - Waterworld, Dinosaur, Signs

Basil Poledouris - Conan, Starship Troopers, Hunt For Red October

David Arnold - Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla

James Horner - Aliens, The Land Before Time, Willow

Howard Shore - LOTR Trilogy

Bill Conti - Masters Of The Universe, F.I.S.T.

Michael Kamen - Die Hard, Mr. Holland's Opus

Marc Shaiman - City Slickers (1&2), The Addams Family (1&2)

David Newman - Galaxy Quest, The Phantom

Bruce Broughton - Silverado, Lost In Space

Ron Goodwin - 633 Squadron, Force 10 From Navarone

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I'm a bit more old-school. I can't stand Zimmer and Shore.

I love:

Bernard Herrman

Arnold Bax

Erich Korngold

Arthur Bliss

Franz Waxman

Miklos Rosza

Jerry Goldsmith

John Barry

Max Steiner

I also quite enjoy:

Danny Elfman

Michael Kamen

Oh yes, I rather like John Williams too! ;)

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John Williams

Don Davis

Jerry Goldsmith

Danny Elfman

David Arnold

Marco Beltrami

Alan Silvestri

Christopher Young

John Debney

Randy Newman

James Newton Howard

James Horner

Alexander Desplat (Sometimes ;))

Edward Shearmur

Composers I cannot stand:

Hans Zimmer (And most of his MV Crew)

John Ottman

Patrick Doyle

... Others I'm sure, but I can't remember off the top of my head.

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I have said it before, and I will say it again.

Zimmer has written three good scores in his life: The Lion King, Gladiator and Hannibal. It is just a shame about the rest of them.

Arnold is one of my favourite composers at the moment. Stargate has levels of thematic richness and glorious "wow!" moments that I thought only JW could come up with.

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John Williams is by far my most favorite, but other composers/works I enjoy:

Danny Elfman (particularly Edward Scissorhands)

James Newton Howard (particularly The Village)

Tan Dun

Max Steiner

Ennio Morricone

Maurice Jarre

Erich Korngold

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Arnold is one of my favourite composers at the moment. Stargate has levels of thematic richness and glorious "wow!" moments that I thought only JW could come up with.

Yeah, and he's british too. How about that. ;)

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Actually Elfman is my favourite composer but I like a lot of them.

-Danny Elfman

-John Williams

-David Arnold

-Hans Zimmer

-Harry Gregson Williams

-Thomas Newman

-Trevor Jones

-Alan Silvestri

-Elliot Goldenthal

-James Horner

-John Debney

-James Newton Howard

-Don Davis

Composers I don't like:

-John Ottamn

-Carter Burwell

-Philip Glass

-Trevor Rabin

-Graeme Revell

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After Williams, my second favorite composer is Danny Elfman. Batman is a great score and I absolutely love A Nightmare before Christmas. Corpse Bride has one of the most beautiful themes he's ever written.

The only score I've heard from Goldsmith is Poltergeist, and I thought it was a masterpiece. I'd love to listen to some of his other scores, I've been looking for Twightlight Zone the Movie and the Mummy but haven't found them. (Well, I couldn't find poltergeist either but I downloaded it)

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Maestro Williams is my obvious favorite simply because he's produced the largest volume of work that I enjoy.

Other composers whose work I enjoy include but are not limited to:

Alan Silvestri (BTTF)

Mark Mancina

James Horner (as long as I don't hear the same passage in too many different films 8O)

James Newton Howard (sometimes)

Jerry Goldsmith

Klaus Badelt (POTC and Time Machine; sorry, the former is a guilty pleasure and the latter is...cool, although not overwhelmingly so)

etc.

Danny Elfman is an interesting case for me...on the one hand, I acknowledge that he is a very talented composer and some of his music gives me goosebumps of delight. But some of his stuff is too dark for my tastes.

As far as non-film composers go:

Stravinsky (sometimes he's great, sometimes he's annoying ;))

Buddy Baker (Grim Grinning Ghosts is awesome, yo)

Sibelius (always forget about him...8O)

various Romantic composers

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few on both lists. But John Williams beats them all out for sheer reliability--9 times out of 10, I know I'll enjoy a Williams score, whereas the others are more hit-and-miss.

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haha when i saw this msg i was hoping it would be NON film composers. meh but i do like:

steve reich (i saw him in person, wow...a true genius)

philip glass

john cage

penderecki

gyorgi ligeti

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After Williams (#1) and Elfman (#2), I don't have a specific list because I'm still generally discovering scores by other composers... but those who have impressed me are:

Alan Silvestri

James Newton Howard

Harry Gregson-Williams

Basil Poledouris

Bruce Broughton

John Debney

Randy Newman

And, of course, the classics:

Alfred Newman

Max Steiner

Bernard Herrmann

Alex North

Henry Mancini

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

James Horner and Hans Zimmer are two people whose output gives me mixed feelings... there are some Horner scores that I love (The Rocketeer is a current favorite), and others not so much, and the same goes with Zimmer (The Lion King is great; so is Muppet Treasure Island). I think generally, though, I'm more bound to like a Horner score than a Zimmer one, simply because of their respective track records and approaches to scoring and instrumentation.

As far as non-film composers, I enjoy the works of Mahler and Tchaikovsky, some Beethoven, Berlioz, Holst, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Gerald Finzi, John Adams, Joan Tower, and Ellen Taffee Zwilich. There are others, but I think those are the big ones.

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1)absolute favourites:

John Williams:Way above the rest.

Jerry Goldsmith,especially late 70's to mid 80's stuff up to Legend:STTMP,Poltergeist,Inchon,Secret of Nihm,Final Conflict...

John Barry:Bond scores,The black Hole,King Kong,Raise the Titanic...

James Horner:Pre-Braveheart stuff:Star Trek 2,Project X,Rocketeer,Land Before Time,Krull...

2)Like some of their works:

Basil Poledouris:I like Robocop,Starship Troopers and The Blue Lagoon.Everything else I've sampled seems to leave me cold,including Conan the Barbarian.

Danny Elfman:Batman,Edward Scissorhands...

David Arnold:Stargate,Independance Day

Elmer Bernstein:Great Escape,Magnificent Seven,Ghostbusters(I hope)

Bruce Broughton:Lost in Space

Alan Silvestri:Back to the future,Contact

Maurice Jarre:Lawrance of Arabia

Michel Kamen:Brazil,Robin Hood.

Ennio Morricone:The Untouchables,Once Upon A Time,The Mission,Lolita.

Laurence Rosenthal:Clash of the Titans

John Debney:Seaquest DSV,Zathura

John Scott:King Kong Lives,Greystoke,The Final Countdown

James Newton Howard:Atlantis,Peter Pan.Pleasant scores but lack "something"

Howard Shore:Return of the King,Dead Ringers

3)Composers I CANNOT get into:

MV style:Zimmer and co.

Bernard Herrman

Alex North

Not sure about Patrick Doyle,i'll give Frankenstein a listen...

4)?

The golden age composers I've sampled:Alfred Newman,Miklos Rosza...etc.. fail to hold my interrest long,although I can pick out really nice individual cues.

K.M.

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other composer:

Alan Silvestri (almost all of him)

Michael Kamen (especially Robin Hood)

James Newton Howard (Dinosaur, King Kong, Hidalgo,...)

Harry Gregson-Williams (Sinbad, Narnia, The Tigger-Movie, with John Powell Shrek, Antz, and and and)

Michael Nyman (The Piano)

Alan Menken (all his scores for Disney movies)

David Arnold (Stargate)

Edward Shearmur (The Count Of Monte Cristo, Johnny English)

Hans Zimmer (The Prince Of Egypt, Lion King and Gladiator)

Klaus Badelt (of course PotC and The Time Machine)

Howard Shore (LotR-Triology, and others like Seven or Silence of the lambs)

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Finding neverland)

John Barry

Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles)

Randy Edelman (The last Of The Mohicans, Dragonheart)

Peter Bernstein (the Ewoks)

Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love, Two Brothers)

Thomas Newman (Road Tp Perdition, Finding Nemo, Lemony Snicket)

Don Davis (The Matrix scores and Jurassic park III)

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John Barry (Bond, The Knack, The Specialist, The Lion in Winter... etc....)

Danny Elfman (Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate factory [except the songs], Corpse Bride etc.)

Jerry Goldsmith (too many to list, but I'm very fond of First Blood and The Omen)

Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings, The Aviator, Silence of the Lambs, Big)

David Arnold in non-synth mode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Little Britain ;))

Don Davis (haven't heard much, but his Matrix scores are excellent)

James Newton Howard (Snow Falling on Cedars, King Kong)

Max Steiner (Casablanca, King Kong among others...)

There are probably more, but I can't think of them now. 8O

Composers I can't stand:

Hans Zimmer

Klaus Badelt

David Arnold in synths mode (Die Another Day)

Vangelis

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I listen to my self made complete TOD and my slightly expanded TWINE about just as often.

I enjoy parts of DAD, but it just has none of the subtlety that his previous 2 had, nor is it thematically as intersting.

In his defense, Arnold's score perfectly complements the overblown, artificial atmosphere of the film.

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With JW, I'm an equal fan of:

James Newton Howard

Thomas Newman

I also really like:

Alan Silvestri

James Horner

Hans Zimmer

Jerry Goldsmith

Ennio Morricone

Howard Shore

And to a lesser degree:

Mark Mancina

John Ottman

Danny Elfman

Mark Isham

John Debney

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John Williams

Jerry Goldsmith

Akira Ifukube

Bernard Herrmann

Danny Elfman

Georges Delerue

Alex North

Alfred Newman

Howard Shore

Elmer Bernstein

Bruce Broughton

Ron Goodwin

Alan Silvestri

Miklos Rosza

Bronislau Kapler

Victor Young

Franz Waxman

Michael Kamen

Michael Giacchino

Max Steiner

Michiru Oshima

Masaru Sato

John Barry

James Newton Howard

Laurence Rosenthal

Leonard Rosenmann

Basil Poledouris

Carl Stallings

James Horner before 1990

David Arnold to some extent

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Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Gustav Holst

Scott Joplin

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Richard Rodgers

Leonard Bernstein

Jerry Goldsmith

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Danny Elfman

Patrick Doyle

Tim Rice

Joel McNeely

Howard Shore

Jeremy Soule

Mark Griskey

I don't listen to enough composers.

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Arnold is one of my favourite composers at the moment. Stargate has levels of thematic richness and glorious "wow!" moments that I thought only JW could come up with.

Yeah, and he's british too. How about that. 8O

Yes Jack, David Arnold is from Luton, a town so hideous and soul-destroying that its residents complained when it wasn't voted 'the crappest town in Britain'.

Anyhoo, back on topic. A quick count of my CDs reveals that I have more Lalo Schifrin soundtracks than those by any other composer apart from John Williams (who is well in the lead over the popular Argentine). Have others simply overlooked him or am I really the only one here that likes his music?

Damien

:P La columna (Che)

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Barry, Horner, Zimmer, Howard, Shore, Debney, Silvestri, Desplat, Doyle, Elfman, Goldsmith, Korngold, Herrmann, Friedhofer, Waxman, North, Newman, Newman, Newman, Newman, Bernstein, Bernstein, Delerue, Broughton, Rota, Kaper, Young, Kamen, Giacchino, Arnold, Arnold, Poledouris, Ottman, Isham, Mancina, Gregson-Williams, Glennie-Smith, Davis, Vangelis, Nyman, Menken, Shearmur, Edelman, Jarre, Morricone, Mancini, Glass, Goldenthal, Rabin, Conti, Schifrin and Powell come to mind (in totally random order)

Morlock- who specifically does NOT like Graeme Revel and Harald Kloser

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Although he hasn't done much film scoring, I also LOOOOVE Robert Rodriguez (especially some cues he did for Sin City)

As for Other other composers...

Holst

Stravinsky

Prokofiev

Copland

Debussy

Mahler

.. are some of my favourites.

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Does anyone like George Fenton's work?

I've got his scores to Blue Planet and Deep Blue, some really nice stuff. He's also scored the latest series, Planet Earth showing on BBC at the moment. It'll be interesting to see if there's a CD release anytime soon.

And after Morlock's mammoth list, I'll make a small addition to my own - most of these I have just the odd album from:

Amenabar, Wurman, Desplat, Poledouris, Fiedel, Tyler, Broughton, Glass, Burwell, Young, Martinez, Marianelli, Arnold, D. Newman, Davis, Choi, Shearmur, Goldenthal, Bernstein, Yared, Kloser, Gregson-Williams, Kacszmarek, J. Rose, Hisaishi, G. Goldsmith, McNeely, Barry, Du Prez, Frizzell, Powell, Badelt, Beltrami, Giacchino (not Incredibles though), Kamen, Suby, Glennie-Smith, Doyle, Portman, Edelman, R. Newman, Cardon, Callery, S. Wood, Rabin, Vangelis, Ross.

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Okay, here we go...

1/ Absolute Top

Jerry Goldsmith

John Williams-- righter after Goldsmith; not very far, but still not on the same level (in terms of preference, not skills); I love his big scores as much as Goldsmith's, and such "smaller" stuff as The River, Space Camp, Stanley & Iris, ..., but I largely prefer Goldsmith's scores for smaller movies / comedies / ... to Williams', especially Johnny's '60's comedy scores.

2/ Top

Bruce Broughton, Danny Elfman, Basil Poledouris, James Horner

3/ Top too, but not as many CDs or not listened to as often but still among my favorite ones

Elmer Bernstein, Georges Delerue (discovered fairly recently), Jerome Moross, Alfred Newman, Hans Zimmer, John Scott (fairly recent discovery as well), Bill Conti, Miklos Rozsa, Michael Kamen, James Newton Howard, Max Steiner, Alan Menken (Disney scores & A Christmas Carol), Lalo Schifrin (discovered fairly recently, too), ...

4/ Others I like

Lee Holdridge, John Ottman, Mark McKenzie (received a few recently, my first by him; I haven't had time to play them entirely, just the first tracks, plus samples from his site, and it was great), Alan Williams (he has to stay close to the temp track a bit too often, but he does write nice music), John Powell & Harry Gregson-Williams, Trevor Jones, Randy Edelman

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Why are some people mentioning John Williams? Isn't this about Other composers?

At any rate I feel I'm just as much a Goldsmith Fan as a Williams Fan I also enjoy the works of Silvestri, Elfman, Poledouris, Zimmer, Giacchino, Jones, and T. Newman, as well as many others.

Justin

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Why are some people mentioning John Williams? Isn't this about Other composers?

Since of the top top composers, my favorite one is still Goldsmith, it's not exactly a "there's Williams and then there's the rest" answer for me. I wanted to explain the difference and show precisely how those other composers rank compared to Williams, in terms of my own preference.

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