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Greatest of the Week: ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) is considered one of the founders of film music, along with music giants Alfred Newman and Max Steiner.  Korngold won the Academy Award for his score to The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938, widely recognized as one of the best film scores ever composed. Korngold’s biographer Brendan G. Carroll wrote about his music the following: Treating each film as an ‘opera without singing’ […]

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Greatest of the Week: JOHN WILLIAMS

John Williams (born 1932) is a synonym for film music. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential and successful film composers of all time. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter and many more. Williams has won 5 Oscars and […]

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Greatest of the Week: HOWARD SHORE

Canadian composer Howard Shore (born 1946), uncle of a Grammy Award nominated composer Ryan Shore, has composed music for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for which he won three Oscars. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduating from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. Shore’s first first film score was to David Cronenberg‘s first major film The Brood […]

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Greatest of the Week: JAMES NEWTON HOWARD

One of the most  respected composers of film music is surely James Newton Howard (born 1951) whose versatility and ability to compose most various and different scores make him very popular among film directors and also moviegoers. With a pack of eight Oscar nominations, Howard also has a reputation of being a fast composer due to his work on movies such King Kong and The Hunger Games, both of which were […]

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Greatest of the Week: HANS ZIMMER

Since the beginning of his tremendous career back in 1970′s as a new wave band member, German master of film music Hans Zimmer (born 1957) became one of the most influential composers, widely recognized by his memorable style and powerful scores. In the 1980′s Zimmer pertnered with composer Stanley Myers and they together worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with electronic instruments. A turning point in Zimmer’s career occurred […]

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Greatest of the Week: ALAN MENKEN

There is no more important composer for animated films than Alan Menken (born 1949), who revived the musical genre in film industry and created ‘a whole new world’ of eclectic, ingenious and beautiful scores for Walt Disney Company’s films. It all started with The Little Mermaid (1989), an animated masterpiece which gloriously came to theaters after many years of Disney’s financial and creative problems. The rest is history. Menken continued to […]

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Greatest of the Week: ENNIO MORRICONE

The legend of film music, Italian composer Ennio Morricone (born 1928) has written music for more than 500 films and television series, in a 60-years lasting career. In the early 1960′s he came to the attention of his former school friend Sergio Leone, who hired Morricone to compose the music to some of his best known films. Together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone’s different version of the ‘western […]

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Greatest of the Week: JOHN BARRY

John Barry (1933 – 2011) is one of the greatest British composers. He built his fantastic career on the James Bond movies (he has scored 11 of them) and won five Oscars. Barry was the master of rich orchestral music, involved in every little detail of his film scores. In Goldfinger (1964) he perfected the ‘Bond  sound’, a heady mixture of brass, jazz and sensuous melodies. Barry was also an […]

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Greatest of the Week: DARIO MARIANELLI

Italian composer Dario Marianelli (born 1963) was relatively unknown, but in 2005 he started to collaborate with British director Joe Wright on his film Pride & Prejudice and became widely recognized. Marianelli’s scores evoke strong emotions by using delicate piano and solo violin, but also some unusual ‘instruments’, such as a typewriter. With his latest score for Wright’s Anna Karenina, he eyes for another Oscar (the first one was for […]

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Greatest of the Week: DANNY ELFMAN

One of the most interesting composers in cinema, four-time Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman (born 1953) started his career by founding the new wave band Oingo Boingo, but his entrance in film music begun with director Tim Burton and the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Collaboration with Burton continued on almost every project and eventually became a director-composer trademark, like Steven Spielberg-John Williams. Elfman’s haunting scores and eclectic style could be […]

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