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    What are your favorite film scores?

    I know this might be a bit off the subject of sampling CDs, but if anyone has the time I was just curious to what some of your favorite film scores are?
    I think by far one of my favs is Williams score to \"Schindlers List.\" I especially love track 7, \"I Could Have Done More.\" The strings and orchestration in that give me goosebumps! The harp intro in \"Remembrances\" is very beautiful also.

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    I love most of Williams\' scores. Especially his melodic stuff. I think his score for Jurassic Park 2: lost world is one of the best suspense scores ever. His work for Saving Private Ryan is also great.

    My favourite score of all time is Home Alone 2. Just because of the melody.

    Beyond Rangoon by Hans Zimmer has the most emotional touching theme I know.

    CEO3K has an awesome concert suite,(and the finale&ending is exceptionally well done)

    Born On The 4th of July has one of the most beautiful cornet solos ever performed in a film score.

    Oh I almost forgot about Sleepers!! Excellent score!

    Those are my favourite scores

    [This message has been edited by Thomas_J (edited 11-20-2000).]

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    98% of Williams\' scores are superb. And he covers a big range of styles. Goldsmith is a man who should\'ve stopped doing music 10 years ago, at least. His orchestrations are soooo boring and undetailed. James Horner has done a couple of good scores, and 40-something copies of them. Zimmer is OK, Thomas Newman is great, Howard Shore can do good stuff too (Nobody\'s Fool is awesome). Uhm well.. plenty of decent guys, but Williams is the master for me

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Simon Ravn:
    Goldsmith is a man who should\'ve stopped doing music 10 years ago, at least. His orchestrations are soooo boring and undetailed. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Erm, I am perhaps mistaken, but I was under the impression that Alexander Courage actually does pretty much all of Goldsmith\'s orchestrations?



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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    Something we can agree on Simon, Thomas Newman! I think his stuff is great also. I thought his score to \"American Beauty\" was brilliant even though alot of critics bashed him for it and found it boring. I thought no other score could have worked so perfectly with that movie.
    He chose such a wonderful color palette for that film with those quirky instruments (Bass marimba, saz, tablas, pedal steel guitar, etc..) Not to mention a very creative soundtrack that relied alot on improvisation from what he\'s said.
    As for Goldsmith, you didn\'t find the score to \"LA Confidential\" good?

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    Dis, you\'re kidding right? Titanic original? Horner original? HAHAHHAAHAA )))))

    Damon, I never heard LA Confidential I must admit - but generally I don\'t like his \'porn scores\'.... I like The Shadow though, but his newer stuff, like First Knight (ok not that new) and The Mummy is terrible.

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    CC, yes Alexander Courage might be credited with orchestration, but most of the \'great old ones\' like Williams, Goldsmith, Barry etc etc do very detailed sketches, and the orchestrators job is then to write all out parts, where Williams might just\'ve written \'oboes play unison with 1st violin\' and such.

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    Vangelis - 1492
    no orchestral score, but...mmmmmm!
    too bad the movie wasn\'t as good as the soundtrack.
    ...though mr. Depardioueuou(whatever)\'s nose was just as amusing as allways.

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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    I\'m surprised that no one mentioned Danny Elfman. As far as originality, he is one of my favorites, with his penchant for gutsy low-brass, especially in The Nightmare Before Christmas, among others.

    Steve Mitchell
    The Classical MIDI Resource
    The CMR Players


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    Re: What are your favorite film scores?

    Steve, I love Elfmanns stuff too! I especially like that one cue in \"To Die For\" of those jazz scatting females in the scene where Nicole Kidmann is rushing to get dressed for her new job.
    I really wish someone had samples of those childrens choirs he uses (Edward Scissorhands). They sound so cool and quirky.

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