If any of you read my Avengers Infinity War review, I promised a blog post on my favourite composers who produce music for movies. Now these may not necessarily be the world’s best but they are the composers that I listen to the most (yes, I am one of these people who listens to movie scores when I am working). I would also like to point out that I don’t know a lot about sound within cinema so please don’t expect me to use technical terms throughout this post. So in no particular order, here are my top music composers, known for working in film.
The German film score composer and record producer is definitely one of the most talented sound workers I have listed to during films. His use of timing and ability to make any scene dramatic and memorable is a spectacle to behold. Everything he has created in my opinion, has created tension and enhanced the cinematic experiences of the film he has worked on. From the representation of time passing within Dunkirk to the fear of space within Interstellar, leave it to Hans to keep us on the edge of our seats. As a friend of the Incredible Christopher Nolan, a director named within my Top Directors (list :My favourite directors of all time.),there is no wonder that he has been given a large number of opportunities to immerse us in some dark and exciting universes. His music really has defined epic! With film such as, Inception, Lion King, Interstellar, Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, The Holiday and Pirates of The Caribbean, there is no wonder that Hans Zimmer is a common name within the households of movie fans.
The American composer, conductor, and pianist is a name that everyone knows, or at least knows some of his work. Any great soundtrack you know, has probably been composed by Williams. I think If I didn’t include him in my list, you would think I was mad. For me, his music creates the movies and will add nostalgia to your cinematic experiences. Who hasn’t seen a picture of a dinosaur and hummed the Jurassic Park theme or crept up on someone whilst singing those infamous two notes ‘Du Dun Du Dun’? Basically, if the film was by Spielberg, the music was by John Williams. I think that the success of a lot of these films can definitely be to do with the sound scores. He is responsible for the well known themes from film such as : Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Superman, E.T, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Home Alone. That really is an impressive list!
The American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, is a name that may be unknown the the regular movie goer. However, If you have watched any Tim Burton film, chances are, you have heard some of Elfman’s Music. He is a master of twisted fantasy, brilliant enough to bring the weird and wonderful mind of Burton (another one of my top directors) to life through music. He has been responsible for creating the music from some of my all time favourite movies so he holds a special place on this list. He can send you down the rabbit hole or into the land of the dead. It is safe to say that he has a type cast but when you are that talented at fantasy, might as well stick to it. His films include: Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish , Mars Attacks and Justice League. Yes I know, 9/10 of them were Tim Burton.
James Newton Howard:
is an American composer, conductor, music producer and musician. He is a recent addition to my favourites thanks to my obsession with the Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them soundtrack. Listening to just the sound score alone put me in the immersive universe of witchcraft and wizardry, showing how great Howard is as his job. With plenty of fantasy films under his belt, much like Elfman, there is no wonder that he can add spectacle to the genre. His films include: The Hunger Games, The Sixth Sense, Batman, I am Legend, Signs and King Kong. Like all great composers, his music takes you through a wonderful journey. His work with the Harry Potter spin off, showed awe inspiring magic, incorporating elements from John Williams and brought to life the mischievous characteristics of the beast. His music doesn’t just create a world but the characters within.
Jerry Goldsmith: The Omen, Star Trek, Alien, Gremlins, Basic Instinct, Mulan, Rambo.
James Horner: Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, Braveheart, Jumanji.
Thomas Newman: Finding Nemo, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, The Green Mile, A series of Unfortunate Events.
Alan Silvestri: The Avengers, Polar Express, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, A Night at The Museum.