Who's the greatest NON-living film composer?

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  1. NoamL

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    The point of this question isn't to be morbid, it's just that our discussions focus a lot on composers who are active today and their films.

    Who do you think is the greatest film composer who's passed on? Especially in terms of their movies & music continuing to have relevancy and emotional impact for us now. And are there any whose music, without alteration of style, would still be kicking ass in modern Hollywood?

    EDIT: (I have a personal favorite, and also a suspicion of which composer most people shall name - which aren't the same person! - but I will leave the discussion completely open ended for the beginning...)
     
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  2. D Halgren

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  3. Nmargiotta

    Nmargiotta Composer TV and Advertisement

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    Jerry Goldsmith imho. Would love to hear what he would do today.
     
  4. SoundChris

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    There are a lot of great guys so I guess it is not possible to talk of THE greatest. Hm so some of my personal heroes would be Nino Rota (Godfather II, Il Gattopardo), Jerry Goldsmith (Alien, Star Trek), Bernard Hermann (Vertigo and other Hitchcock movies), Marvin Hamlisch (The Sting) and Toru Takemitsu (for his ultra dark score for Akira Kurosawa´s RAN)
     
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  5. D Halgren

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    My real answer is Johann Johannsson though.
     
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  6. Paul T McGraw

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    Miklós Rózsa

    Alfred Newman

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Bernard Herrmann


    I personally think the music of all of these would still work today. Especially for a director that knew how to actually pace scenes for emotional impact. The problem would be finding a director who knew how to actually put together a coherhent story, as opposed to non-stop action, all the time.

     
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  7. D Halgren

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    I didn't know that we could yell our answerso_O
     
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  8. Land of Missing Parts

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    Judging by the sheer number of times I hear their poor songs beaten to death in commercials, I'd say a tie between Strauss (for "Also sprach Zarathustra") and Grieg (for "In the Hall of the Mountain King"). :grin:
     
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  9. miket

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    Don't forget Alex North!
     
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  10. Land of Missing Parts

    Land of Missing Parts Confabulous Fop

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    Best not to mention the whole "Also sprach Zarathustra" business to Alex. :grin:

    You win!

    But that makes me think of Prokofiev for some reason...
     
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  11. imagegod

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    Nope...it's Beethoven, first, last and always:

    9th:
    • "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)*
    • "Cruel Intentions" (1999)
    • "Dead Poets Society" (1989)
    • "Die Hard" (1988)
    Fur Elise:
    • "Django Unchained" (2012)
    • "Patch Adams" (1998)
    • "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)
    7th:
    • "The King's Speech" (2010)
    • "Mr. Hollands Opus" (1995)
    • "X-Men: Apocalypse" (2017)
    5th:
    • "The Breakfast Club" (1985)
    And so on, endlessly...

    *“Oh bliss, bliss and heaven... Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh... And then, a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now... I knew such lovely pictures - ”


     
  12. D Halgren

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    Sorry, but he was not a Film Composer. Thank you for playing!:thumbsup:
     
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  13. imagegod

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    Of course he was...he just didn't know it.
     
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  14. D Halgren

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    Don't make me Rolling Stones you...
     
  15. patrick76

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    Wow. It’s impossible to choose, but I would say Goldsmith and Herrmann today. ....and Horner. ......and Barry...... and Kormgold..... and...... etc. Ok, I can’t do this
     
  16. Land of Missing Parts

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    Whoa I was thinking the exact same person. Joel Goldsmith. Stargate anyone?
     
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  17. Rodney Money

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    My 5 year-old baby girl said Grieg did a bang up job on the movie Trolls.
     
  18. ptram

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    Jerry Goldsmith. He could write in any style, and say something new in each one.

    Paolo
     
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  19. ptram

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    Exactly. He was much ahead of his time, but he was already a film composer. How would one call Wellington's Victory, if not a soundtrack?



    Paolo

     
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