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- The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) Is there anything more ethereal than the elves in this movie? Yes, there is. Howard Shore’s score seems to have hatched from a celestial bubble of creativity that has been traveling the cosmos ever since JRR Tolkien slipped this mortal coil.
- Jaws (1975) What John Williams is able to do in the signature piece of music we all know and loathe to hear when swimming is nothing short of miraculous.
- Back To The Future (1985) An easy way to tell if a soundtrack earns its place among the best film scores of all time: just bring to mind a piece of dialogue… “Roads?
- Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) For many, the work of Maurice Jarre conjures the sweeping scores of John Williams, but it was Jaree who first soundtracked one of the greatest adventures to appear on screen when he scored this 1962 desert epic starring Peter O’Toole.
A film score is original music written specifically to accompany a film.The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, which also, usually includes pre-existing music, dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental, or choral pieces called cues, which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the ...
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Music_department | Skyfall Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...
The mandolin is central to the story and, in an unusual move, composer Stephen Warbeck conceived the score before shooting even began, making the music the basis around which the film was edited. This is a delicate emotional score, pitting the sweetness of the mandolin against the darkness of war.
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- The Silent Era
- The Golden Age of Film Scoring
- Film Music Branches Out
- Pop, Jazz and Westerns
- Synths and John Williams
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During the silent era, films music is provided by each individual theater, either by phonograph or as performed live by flesh-and-blood musicians. In the later case, either a pianist improvises to the film or a small ensemble of musicians performs a classical piece, in the background, as the film plays. But! Once the ability to synchronize music and sound to celluloid becomes possible in 1929, music quickly becomes an integral aspect of the storytelling process. Suddenly, composers are commissioned by Hollywood to write new material especially for the movies. A new profession is born.
This is a unique period in the history of film scoring. Exploding with creativity, music written for the movies consistently matches the artistry of the films themselves. Composers during this period primarily come from backgrounds in concert music, and almost exclusively write orchestral pieces. Here are a few highly influential composers from the time: Max Steiner. Regarded as “The Father of Film Music” Steiner makes extensive use of leitmotif in his 1933 score for King Kong. Created by German operatic composer Richard Wagner, leitmotif is a technique wherein specific instruments or musical themes are assigned to individual characters or events. In subsequent decades, the use of the leitmotif has become ubiquitous in film music. Enrich Korngold. An Austrian-born composer, Korngold’s many credits include The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Sea Hawk (1940)—which will greatly influence John Williams’ work on Star Warsin 1977. Alfred Newman. Newman composes over 250 films, inc...
1951.A Streetcar Named Desirefeatures a hybrid symphonic-jazz score by composer Alex North. This is a major step forward for film music, moving Hollywood film scoring away from its prior, exclusively European sound. 1952. High Noonfeatures the song “Oh My Darling,” which proves instrumental in the commercial promotion of the film. Following the success of “Oh My Darling” studios begin asking composers to write original songs for their films, both for promotional purposes via radio play and—later on—for ancillary revenue in the form of soundtrack albums. 1954. The studio system begins to dissolve. Composers transition from being employed by the studio to being freelance creatives. But unlike other conductors and instrumentalists, film composers do not belong to the American Federation of Musicians—a fact that will have long-term consequences. 1958. Miles Davis’ contribution to the French noir film Elevator to the Gallows is notable for a few reasons. “Gallows” is a jazz score in its...
Elmer Bernstein’s score for The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Ennio Morricone’s work on Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy(1964-966) are among several new, now-classic Western scores. Jazz composers Henry Mancini and Lalo Schifrin—best known, respectively, for The Pink Panther film series (1963 onward) and CBS’s Mission Impossible (1966-1973)—do their part to keep jazz relevant in film and TV. British composer John Barry almost single-handedly defines the sound of spy films with his symphonic-jazz hybrid scoring of the popular James Bond film franchise. Elsewhere: 1962. Maurice Jarre’s lush score for Lawrence of Arabia creates the template for all future desert soundtracks, fusing of exotic Middle Eastern scales with sweeping string melodies. While there are many examples of Jarre’s influence on later films, one of the best examples is Jerry Goldsmith’s score for 1999’s The Mummy. 1967. The soundtrack to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate is created almost entirely by licensing songs that had no...
In the 1970s New Hollywood era, film music heads in two concurrent, divergent directions with the incorporation of synthesizers and a return to classic scoring. 1973. Director/composer John Carpenter’s synthesizer score for Dark Star expands the soundtrack world beyond symphonic, jazz and pop music, introducing a brand new vocabulary of computerized arpeggios and other technology. This is a majorparadigm shift in how scores are made, with long-term industry consequences. Up to this point, soundtracks required an ensemble of instrumentalists to perform the music. And whereas orchestras often consist of dozens of musicians, a single individual can program and entire synth score. 1977. John Williams single-handedly revives the sound of golden age Hollywood with his score for Star Wars. The film’s soundtrack becomes one of the highest-selling non-pop records of all time.
The 1980s are full of song-laden soundtracks, like the ones for Flashdance (1983) andFootloose (1984). Elsewhere, orchestral scores play second fiddle, so to speak, to the original songs featured like Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.) and Back to the Future (Huey Lewis). John Williams continues the Golden Age tradition with the iconic scores for E.T. (1982), Superman (1978) and the Indiana Jonesseries (1981-1989). Due to quantum leaps forward in digital technology—especially sampling and computer-based sequencing—the 1980s also sees the proliferation of synthesizer-heavy scores. Notably: Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981), The Terminator (Brad Fiedel, 1984), Blade Runner (Vangelis, 1982) and Tron (1982, Wendy Carlos.) Jerry Goldsmith’s work on he Star Trekfilm series (1979 onward) explores the possibilities of fusing orchestral sounds with electronic elements. Meanwhile: 1985. Former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman begins his decades-long collaboration with director Tim Burt...
As film scoring has grown into its own distinct art form, movies have continued to incorporate almost every genre of music imaginable. While symphonic scores remain popular, there are plenty of projects that eschew orchestral music altogether. The proliferation of synthesizers in the 1980s, and later digital audio workstations and virtual instruments in the 1990s and 2000s, has lowered the barrier to entry for aspiring film composers. Musicians from non-symphonic backgrounds continue to successfully make their mark in the film industry—including rock stars (or former rock stars) like Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Cliff Martinez (onetime drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. Plus, there are more active female composers working in the industry than ever, including Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, Mica Levy, Miriam Cutler and Rachel Portman, among others. But as diverse as scoring is today; it’s ultimately up to the director to decide how music should...
- 2000 50 A landmark of Asian cinema, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the result of close collaboration between composer Tan Dun and director Ang Lee. Alongside famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Dun and Lee worked for four years to conceptualize a movie that would introduce Western audiences to martial arts as a historical form, rather than simply violent entertainment.
- 1972 49 As Curtis Mayfield’s Super Fly and Isaac Hayes’ Shaft took Blaxploitation soundtracks to new heights, Marvin Gaye also found his groove in film music.
- 1966 48 Composer Rahul Dev Burman racked up over 250 film credits in his lifetime, making him one of the most prolific artists in the already bustling Bollywood factory.
- 1989 47 In his score for Tim Burton’s Batman, Danny Elfman starts somewhere appropriate for our hero: the minor key. The composer’s iconic “The Batman Theme” is fortissimo in all the right ways, with thunderous drums and a brass section so brash, it would make Mahler blush.
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Film Score Friday 9/18/20: Posted By Scott Bettencourt 9/17/2020 - 10:00 PM: Music Box has announced two new releases -- the third volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series, a three-disc set featuring rare French scores by various composers (in this case Bernard Gerard, Georges Hatzinnassios, Pierre Jansen, Pino Marchese, Patrice Mestral and Michel Portal); and a disc featuring two scores ...
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