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 described by his quote: Having a particular style is not bad, but I prefer to push myself in the direction of being a composer who you never know what he’s doing next. This week we celebrate exactly – a composer who you never know what he’s doing next.



1. Batman (1989, dir: Tim Burton)







2. Big Fish (2003, dir: Tim Burton)







3. Sleepy Hollow (1999, dir: Tim Burton)







4. Edward Scissorhands (1990, dir: Tim Burton)







5. Corpse Bride (2005, dir: Tim Burton)







6. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, dir: Henry Selick)







7. Alice in Wonderland (2010, dir: Tim Burton)







8. The Kingdom (2007, dir: Peter Berg)







9. Milk (2008, dir: Gus Van Sant)







10. Dolores Claiborne (1995, dir: Taylor Hackford)








Danny Elfman – Batman (Suite)


Danny Elfman – Big Fish (Finale)


Danny Elfman – Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s Theme)


Danny Elfman – Edward Scissorhands (Ice Dance)


Danny Elfman – Sleepy Hollow (Sweet Dreams)


Danny Elfman – The Kingdom (Finale)




Ozren K. Glaser

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