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Added by kathy on 6 Jan 2014 11:40
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Favorite Film Composers

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An Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as well as contemporary classical works.

Film film scores include those for Italian westerns by directors such as Sergio Leone, Duccio Tessari and Sergio Corbucci: 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'For A Few Dollars More', 'The Good the Bad and The Ugly', 'Once Upon a Time in the West', 'The Great Silence', 'A Fistful of Dynamite' and 'My Name is Nobody'.

Morricone composed music for Academy Award-winning motion pictures including 'Days of Heaven', 'The Mission', 'The Untouchables', 'Cinema Paradiso' and 'Bugsy'.

More recently Morricone's music has been reused in movies and television series such as 'The Sopranos', 'The Simpsons' and Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill', 'Death Proof', 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained', for which Morricone composed the original song 'Ancora Qui'.
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Bernard Herrmann (June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975) was an American composer known for his work in motion pictures.

An Academy Award-winner (for 'The Devil and Daniel Webster', 1941; later renamed 'All That Money Can Buy'), Herrmann is particularly known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, most famously 'Psycho', 'North by Northwest', 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' and 'Vertigo'.

He also composed scores for many other movies, including 'Citizen Kane', 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir', 'Cape Fear' and 'Taxi Driver'.

He worked extensively in radio drama (composing for Orson Welles), composed the scores for several fantasy films by Ray Harryhausen and many TV programs including Rod Serling's 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Have Gun–Will Travel'.
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John Towner Williams, Jr. is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time.

In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including 'Jaws', the 'Star Wars' series, 'Superman', the 'Indiana Jones' series, 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', the first two 'Home Alone' films, 'Hook', 'Jurassic Park', 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan', the first three 'Harry Potter' films, 'Catch Me If You Can', 'Memoirs of a Geisha', 'War Horse' and 'Lincoln'.

He has had a long association with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but one ('The Color Purple') of Spielberg's major feature length films.

Williams has won 5 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globe Awards, 7 British Academy Film Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. With 48 Academy Award nominations.
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German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films including 'The Lion King', 'Gladiator', 'Crimson Tide', 'The Dark Knight', 'The Thin Red Line', 'Sherlock Holmes' ,'Inception' and '12 Years a Slave'.

Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and works with other composers through the company which he founded, Remote Control Productions.

Zimmer's works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. He has received four Grammy Awards, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. He was also named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph.

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Average listal rating (188 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0

American composer, known as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo, from 1976 to 1995, and later for scoring music for television and film and creating 'The Simpsons' main title theme as well as the 1989 'Batman' movie theme.

He has scored the majority of the films for his long-time friend Tim Burton.

His other film scores include: 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Spider Man', 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', 'Men in Black', 'Terminator Salvation', 'Batman Returns' and 'Charlotte's Web'.

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An American composer and conductor most known for his work in film and television scoring.

He composed scores for such noteworthy films as 'The Sand Pebbles', 'Logan's Run', 'Planet of the Apes', 'Patton', 'Chinatown', 'The Wind and the Lion', 'The Omen', 'The Boys from Brazil', 'Night Crossing', 'Alien', 'Poltergeist', 'The Secret of NIMH', 'Gremlins', 'Hoosiers', 'Total Recall', 'Basic Instinct', 'Air Force One', 'L.A. Confidential', 'Mulan', 'The Mummy', three 'Rambo' films, and five 'Star Trek' films.

He was nominated for six Grammy Awards, nine Golden Globe Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, and eighteen Academy Awards. In 1976, he was awarded an Oscar for 'The Omen'.
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Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English composer and conductor of film music.

He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's 'Dr. No'.

He wrote the scores to the award winning films 'Midnight Cowboy', 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Out of Africa' in a career spanning over 50 years. His other films scores include 'Zulu' (1964), 'Walkabout' (1971) and 'Somewhere in Time' (1980).

He received many awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for 'Born Free', and one each for 'The Lion in Winter' (for which he also won a BAFTA Award), 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Out of Africa' (both of which also won him Grammy Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for 'Out of Africa' in 1986.

Barry completed his last film score, 'Enigma' in 2001 and recorded the successful album 'Eternal Echoes' the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical 'Brighton Rock' in (2004) alongside Don Black.

In 1999 he was appointed OBE for services to music. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2005.
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An Argentinian pianist, conductor and composer who has written over 100 scores for both television & the cinema including the memorable themes to 'Mission: Impossible' (1966), 'Mannix' (1967), 'Starsky and Hutch (1975)', 'Cool Hand Luke (1967)' and 'Bullitt' (1968).

Schifrin has regularly worked alongside Clint Eastwood (another jazz music aficionado) on numerous contributions including the theme's to all the Dirty Harry films plus 'Joe Kidd' (1972) and 'Coogan's Bluff (1968)'.

During his illustrious career, Schifrin has received four Grammy Awards and has received six Oscar nominations.
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Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0

Giovanni "Nino" Rota (3 December 1911 – 10 April 1979) was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti.

He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespeare films and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola's 'Godfather' trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II (1974).

During his long career Rota was an extraordinarily prolific composer, especially of music for the cinema. He wrote more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the 1930s until his death in 1979 — an average of three scores each year over a 46-year period and, in his most productive period from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s, he wrote as many as ten scores every year, and sometimes more, with a remarkable thirteen film scores to his credit in 1954.

Alongside this great body of film work, he composed ten operas, five ballets and dozens of other orchestral, choral and chamber works, the best known being his string concerto.

He also composed the music for many theatre productions by Visconti, Zeffirelli and Eduardo De Filippo, as well as maintaining a long teaching career at the Liceo Musicale in Bari, Italy, where he was the director for almost 30 years.
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A French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores in addition to many memorable songs.

He is best known for his often haunting film music and scores, such as 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' (1964) and 'The Thomas Crown Affair' (1968) featuring the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" for which he won his first Academy Award.

His other film scores include: 'Ice Station Zebra' (1968), 'The Go-Between' (1970), 'Summer of '42' (1971), 'Le Mans' (1971), 'Lady Sings the Blues' (1972), 'The Three Musketeers' (1973), 'The Four Musketeers' (1974), 'Atlantic City' (1980), 'Never Say Never Again' (1983), 'Madeline' (1998) and 'Max Rose' (2013).
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Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0

An American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century.

Glass is a prolific composer: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), as well as operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

His film scores include: 'Kundun' (1997) about the Dalai Lama, for which he received his first Academy Award nomination.

The year after scoring 'Hamburger Hill' (1987), Glass began a collaboration with the filmmaker Errol Morris with his music for Morris's celebrated documentary 'The Thin Blue Line'.

In 1999, he finished a new soundtrack for the 1931 film 'Dracula'. 'The Hours' (2002) earned him a second Academy Award nomination, and was followed by another Morris documentary, 'The Fog of War' (2003).

In the mid-2000s Glass provided the scores to films such as 'Secret Window' (2004), 'Neverwas' (2005), 'The Illusionist' and 'Notes on a Scandal', garnering his third Academy Award nomination for the latter.
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An English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for the many film scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's 'The Piano'.

He has also composed several operas, six concerti, four string quartets and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band, with and without whom he tours as a performing pianist.

His film scores include: 'The Draughtsman's Contract' (1982), 'Drowning by Numbers' (1988), 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' (1989), 'Prospero's Books' (1991) and 'The Piano' (1993)
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A Swiss film score composer and flautist. He is considered one of the most outstanding film composers of the German-speaking countries, winning the German Film Award five times.

He has composed the scores for all of German director Caroline Link's films, including: 'Beyond Silence', 'Annaluise and Anton' and 'Nowhere in Africa'.

His other films scores include: 'The Flying Classroom' and 'The Blue of the Sky'
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An English composer, best known for his film and television scores. He first became known for the music his composed for TV crime drama 'Prime Suspect' and and he won an Academy Award for his score for 'Shakespeare in Love'.

His film scores include: 'Mrs Brown' (1997), 'Shakespeare in Love' (1998), 'Mystery Men' (1999), 'Billy Elliot' (2000), 'Quills' (2000), 'Charlotte Gray' (2001), 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' (2001), 'Two Brothers' (2004)' and 'There Be Dragons' (2011).

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An Australian musician, film score composer and performer. As a musician he has been a member of Little River Band and John Farnham Band.

He has composed film scores for 'Strictly Ballroom' (1992), 'Shine' (1996), 'Sliding Doors' (1998), 'Elizabeth' (1998), 'Hanging Up' (2000), 'Australia' (2008), and 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole' (2010).

Awards: AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Genie Award for Best Achievement in Music - Original Song

Nominations: Academy Award for Original Music Score, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Genie Award for Best Achievement in Music - Original Score, Satellite Award for Best Original Score
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A Romanian composer and pan flute musician.

Zamfir is known for playing an expanded version of the traditional Romanian-style pan flute.

He is best known for providing the haunting music in the Australian film 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. His music has also been heard on the soundtracks of many Hollywood movies. He was asked by Ennio Morricone to perform the pieces "Childhood Memories" and "Cockeye's Song" for the soundtrack of Sergio Leone's 1984 gangster film 'Once Upon a Time in America'. His performance can be heard throughout the 1984 film 'The Karate Kid' and his piece "The Lonely Shepherd", recorded with the James Last Orchestra, was the theme from the 1979 television series 'Golden Soak', a British/German/Australian co-production. It is also featured in Quentin Tarantino's film 'Kill Bill Vol. 1'.
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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock and orchestral music.

He is best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film 'Chariots of Fire', composing scores for the films 'Antarctica', 'Blade Runner', 'The Bounty', 'The Year of Living Dangerously', '1492: Conquest of Paradise' and 'Alexander', and the use of his music in the PBS documentary 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' by Carl Sagan.
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An English film and television composer. His film scores include: 'Last Chance Harvey' (2008), 'Winter's Bone' (2009), documentary 'Project Nim' (2011), 'Texas Killing Fields' (2011), 'Rampart' (2011), 'Shadow Dancer' (2012) and 'Out of the Furnace' (2013).

His television work includes: the 'Red Riding' trilogy (2009) and the TV movie 'Lennon Naked' (2010)
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An English composer and keyboardist. He was noted as playing in bands formed by ex-Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, and later worked extensively in composing soundtracks for film, television and commercials.

Towns started as a musician, playing piano and keyboards in numerous dance bands, jazz ensembles and he also became a session musician. In 1976 he was recruited as keyboardist in the Ian Gillan Band. Over the time he developed an increasing interest in composing and, after Gillan dissolved the band, Towns decided to pursue soundtrack composing full-time after achieving great praise for composing the score for the Mia Farrow-starring film 'Full Circle'.

In 1983 he won the commission to write the score for the film 'Slayground'. From then on he was in constant demand, particularly in the British television, where his body of work is prolific, and includes 'Dalziel and Pascoe', 'Cadfael', 'Capital City', 'Pie in the Sky', 'Between the Lines', 'Doc Martin' and 'Imogen's Face'.

His film credits include 'The Puppet Masters' (featuring Donald Sutherland), 'Space Truckers' (featuring Dennis Hopper) and 'Captives' (featuring Tim Roth).
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An Argentine musician, film composer and producer. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score in two consecutive years, for 'Brokeback Mountain' in 2005 and 'Babel' in 2006.
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Matthieu Chedid, better known by his stage name ‑M-, is a French singer-songwriter and guitarist who is known internationally as film composer. His film work includes: 'The Triplets of Belleville' and 'Tell No One', for which he won a César Award.
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