Movie composers worth listening to, part 5

This list continues from part 4.

Carter Burwell

Burwell has a great relationship with the Coen brothers, and has also written a couple of scores for Spike Jonze. Upcoming work includes The Founder and Wonderstruck.

  • It Could Happen to You
    • The Search
  • Mr. Holmes
    • Mr. Holmes
  • True Grit (2010)
    • River Crossing
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    • Lost Fur

Benoît Charest

Only one of Charest’s scores has reached my ears, but it’s a fascinating one. Upcoming work includes Radius.

  • Les triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville)
    • Under the Bridge (Sous le pont)
    • Belleville Rendez-Vous (Version française)

Alexandre Desplat

Desplat is another composer whose work I’m interested in listening to more of. He has a great relationship with Wes Anderson. Upcoming work includes Based on a True Story and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
    • Lovegood
  • The King’s Speech
    • The Rehearsal
  • Moonrise Kingdom
    • The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 2: Smoke/Fire

George Fenton

Fenton’s music is typically gentle and melodic. Upcoming work includes the documentary Walk on the Wild Side.

  • Groundhog Day
    • You Like Boats But Not the Ocean

Maurice Jarre

Jarre scored many movies from the 1950s into the early 2000s. His track “Building the Barn” will take you right back to the astonishing movie Witness — similarly for “Keating’s Triumph” and Dead Poet’s Society.

  • The Emotion and the Strength
    • Dead Poets’ Society (Keating’s Triumph)
    • Witness (Building the Barn)

Clint Mansell

Mansell has a great relationship with Darren Aronofsky. Upcoming work includes Mute and Loving Vincent.

  • Moon
    • Welcome to Lunar Industries
  • Requiem for a Dream
    • Lux Aeterna

Alan Menken

Menken has a great relationship with Disney. Many of his movies are musicals and he works with a lyricist on the songs. Upcoming work includes Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid (the live action versions).

  • Enchanted
    • That’s How You Know
    • Enchanted Suite

Nino Rota

Rota wrote music for Italian and American movies from the 1930s to the 1970s. He had a great relationship with Federico Fellini. Rota also composed many works outside of movies including operas and ballets.

  • The Godfather
    • The Godfather – Waltz
    • Love Theme from the Godfather

Brian Tyler

Tyler has scored many action movies, and has a great relationship with Marvel. He also wrote music for the TV show Terra Nova. Upcoming work includes Fast 8 and The Mummy.

  • Thor: The Dark World
    • Thor: The Dark World


Vangelis was a member of several pop bands. He has scored Greek and American movies, often with mostly electronic music. Although I don’t usually feel like listening to the Blade Runner album all at once, I do like all of the tracks.

  • Blade Runner
    • The entire album, especially Rachel’s Song

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