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Classic Movie Composers


Classic Movie Composers

Is there anyone out there who would like to join me in discussing the film composers of classic cinema?  Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Adolph Deutsch, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Dmitri Tiomkin, Miklos Rosza, and any others you care to mention?  If so, then here is the place, I guess...x

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Started by Stephen Butler. Last reply by Kenneth Walker Jan 1. 3 Replies

This is the place to park all your general film score-related wit and wisdom, where attaching it to an individual composer might not be appropriate.  A sort of General Discussion, if you will.  For…Continue

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Alfred Newman

Started by Stephen Butler. Last reply by Stephen Butler Jan 1. 7 Replies

This man didn't just write many film scores for 20th Century Fox; he WAS 20th Century Fox film music.  He served as their musical director for more than a quarter of a century, and in that time…Continue

Ennio Morricone

Started by Kenneth Lawson. Last reply by Kenneth Lawson Jun 28, 2012. 2 Replies

     One  of the most interesting  and distinctive movie music composers around his work is as ear catching as the video is eye catching and memorable.  The Spaghetti Westerns with Sergio Leone  are…Continue

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John Williams

Started by Stephen Butler. Last reply by Ktrek Jun 28, 2012. 3 Replies

Although Williams' career falls outside of the Golden Age of Hollywood time period, I think he is an appropriate addition to the discussion group, because his output is stylistically more in keeping…Continue

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Comment by Kenneth Lawson on April 18, 2013 at 8:05pm

I'm a big fan of the Clint Eastwood westerns with Sergio Leone and the music of Ennio  Morricone

Comment by Al Pearce on April 18, 2013 at 1:49pm

a shame he is already dead. Bernstein will always live on as one of the greats of film scoring.

Comment by Roger L. Schoolcraft on April 18, 2013 at 9:41am
Being a huge John Wayne fan, I'm a big fan of Elmer Bernstein who did music for eight Duke films. I just ordered a CD that includes music from 2 of those, The Shootist and The Sons of Katie Elder.
Comment by Dave Miller on October 6, 2012 at 3:30pm

Thank you for the kind words, Mad. I think there is room at GAOH for both groups, and I will be sure to give credit to this group whenever possible. This could be interesting since I don't think there is a true crossover of groups here.

Comment by Al Pearce on June 6, 2012 at 1:55pm
I love it! JAZZY WITH A CAPITAL J! and the main title is one of the great movie themes that incorporates Jazz into it, next to Henry Mancini's TOUCH OF EVIL, Lalo Schifrin's BULLITT, and Duke Ellington's ANATOMY OF A MURDER.
Comment by Al Pearce on June 6, 2012 at 9:14am
Stand by, Ladies and Gentlemen, for all lovers of good classic film music...........!
Comment by Al Pearce on June 6, 2012 at 5:52am
That's a good idea, Mr. Butler. Right now i'm in a craze with the musical genius of Miklos Rozsa (my favorite film composer), and i'm also reading his Autobiography A DOUBLE LIFE. but i'm also a big fan of Max Steiner, the first classical film composer i was introduced to having seen GONE WITH THE WIND for the first time at 13. The father of film music. To this day, my close to favorite of his scores is the rousing soundtrack to the Errol Flynn adventure picture THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE. the Brandenburg philharmonic and the moscow symphony orchestra has done excellent rerecordings of the score. :-)
Comment by Stephen Butler on June 6, 2012 at 4:17am

Looking around the site, I wonder what is the best way forward?  Setting up separate 'pages' for each composer, or simply threads within this group?  What does everyone think?  A separate page might be better in terms of presentation, but threads might be easier for people to handle/use.  Let me know.  Cheers Stephen

Comment by Stephen Butler on June 6, 2012 at 4:10am

Sorry to everyone for the fact that there has not been much on this group - I would like to change that, but I am working on a project centred around Max Steiner, in my view the greatest of all composers, but that's just me.  Kevin's idea that a separate thread should be started for each composer seems the most sensible to me.  I will try to get that going.  



Comment by Michael B. Druxman on April 7, 2012 at 2:53pm

Ernest Gold, Johnny Mandel, John Williams, Fred Karlin, Maurice Jarre, Leith Stevens, Jule Styne, Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster. 

I talk about a lot of these guys in my memoir, MY FORTY-FIVE YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD...AND HOW I ESCAPED ALIVE.


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