Favorite Movie Scores

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  1. ScreaminRaider

    ScreaminRaider Piano User

    Apr 22, 2004
    San Antonio, Tx
    Ok folks, heres a question for ya'll. What are your top five favorite movie scores, and why.....I'll give you mine first

    (no particular order)

    Gladiator- The battle sequence always gets my adrenaline running
    The Incredibles- Two words.....Wayne Burgeron
    Signs- I loved the use of silence in that score. It really made the movie
    Lord of the Rings- Very Wagner-ish
    Star Wars:Episode III- I think John Williams outdid himself on this one.

    Ok, you have mine......Ready, Set, GO!!!!
  2. trumpet blower88

    trumpet blower88 Mezzo Piano User

    Jun 15, 2005
    Flagstaff, AZ
    1. Finding Neverland (it's a litle cliche' since it recently won best origional score, but it really is amazeing...)

    2. StarWars Eps. I (the only score by John Williams I have actualy been impressed by)

    3. Shrek (Have you ever really paid attention to the score, not just the pop music and what not? I'm not sure who wrote it, but it really is pretty cool)

    4. Lord of the Rings (this should probably be higher, probably #2 but I don't feel like changeing it now...)

    5. FishWars! (what can I say... I wrote it. My frends and I made a litle parody of starwars. It didn't work out too well, haha)
  3. rjzeller

    rjzeller Forte User

    Mar 7, 2005
    Rochester, MN
    Okay, I'll bite...

    1. Lord Of the Rings -- I simply cannot think of any other score that more adequately matches not just the feel or style of the movie, but the genre as well. The shire theme just put me right into the picture as though that music had always been there.

    2. Pirates of the Caribbean -- seems to have popular appeal no matter what the age, and despite all the different melodies, there seems to be one very clear theme throughout.

    3. Dances With Wolves -- Just for the opening trumpet solo for the John Dunbar theme. Great music, great epic...now if only there was an actual story in there somewhere...

    4. Swing Kids -- If your feet aren't tapping watching this film, it's becuase you ain't got any.

    5. The Godfather -- once again, that opening tumpet solo! And the theme just forces you to want to wear a fedora and pinstripes.

    Honorable mention:

    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Batman Begins
    Gone With the Wind
    Star Trek VI -- I know , I know...so shoot me, but I just love the opening overture by Cliff Eidelman. Yeah, it's kinda derrivative (think Holst), but I still love it.
    Saving Private Ryan

    Okay, I'll stop there. I'm leaving off musicals because, well, I just think that's a whole different realm than movie soundtracks...

    And please, G*d, no "Titanic" votes.....
  4. Whataguy!

    Whataguy! Pianissimo User

    Jan 16, 2004
    Osaka, Japan
    I like Bruce Broughton's score to Silverado. Beautiful music, great trumpet by according to Malcolm Mc Nab, Malcolm, Mario Guarneri and Bob Divall.
  5. Still Trying

    Still Trying Pianissimo User

    Nov 23, 2003
    Lake Jackson, TX USA
    I love listening to any score that has David Washburn playing lead-like Wind Talkers. And although the score was never released on CD, I like the score to Snowdogs.

    All the scores I heard by James Horner are good.
  6. Lazorphaze

    Lazorphaze Piano User

    Feb 3, 2004
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Star Wars Episode 3
    The Incredibles
    Does "chicago" count?
  7. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    Alexander Nevsky-Prokofiev
    On The Waterfront- Bernstein
    Symphonia Antartica- Vaughn-Williams
    The Red Pony- Copland
    I can't leave out Sir William Walton's scores for those Shakespeare films.
    These are some of the guys Williams and Horner borrowed from :cool:
  8. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

    Nov 30, 2003
    Manchester / London
    That's a pretty good list!

    I wonder if Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony 5 counts?
  9. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    My favorite movie score is;


    Knute Rockne All American 1940

    Gotta love Ronald Reagan

  10. butxifxnot

    butxifxnot Pianissimo User

    Jul 10, 2004
    There certainly is. And I love the soundtrack as well, despite the same theme (it is executed fantastically).

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