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 composed in approximately one month. After Howard left college, he toured with Elton John as a keyboardist during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (he was part of the band that played behind John in Central Park, New York, on September 13, 1980). Howard also arranged strings for several of Elton’s songs during this period including on the hits Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.

James Newton Howard is at the moment preparing even four scores, one for M. Night Shyamalan‘s (his long-time companion) anticipated After Earth.



1. Blood Diamond (2006, dir: Edward Zwick)

Blood Diamond







2. King Kong (2005, dir: Peter Jackson)

King Kong







3. Michael Clayton (2007, dir: Tony Gilroy)

Michael Clayton







4. The Village (2004, dir: M. Night Shyamalan)

The VIllage







5. The Fugitive (1993, dir: Andrew Davis)

The Fugitive







6. The Prince of Tides (1991, dir: Barbra Streisand)

Prince of Tides







7. The Tourist (2010, dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmack)

The Tourist







8. Collateral (2004, dir: Michael Mann)








9. Defiance (2008, dir: Edward Zwick)








10. Dinosaur (2000, dir: Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag)










James Newton Howard – Blood Diamond (Crossing the Bridge)


James Newton Howard – Blood Diamond (Goodbyes)


James Newton Howard – King Kong (Central Park)


James Newton Howard – Michael Clayton (Drive to the Field)


James Newton Howard – The Village (The Gravel Road)


James Newton Howard – The Fugitive (The Suite)



Ozren K. Glaser

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