Movie composers worth listening to, part 6

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This list continues from part 5. David Arnold Arnold scored the 5 James Bond movies between Tomorrow Never Dies and Quantum of Solace — John Barry recommended him to the producers. Casino Royale (2006) African Rundown Quantum of Solace Time to Get Out Sherlock (with Michael Price) The Game Is On Stargate Stargate Overture Tomorrow […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 5

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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 […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 4

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This list continues from part 3. Peter Best Best may have retired, as he hasn’t scored a movie since 2004. His Crocodile Dundee soundtrack is, like the movie, unique and wonderful. Crocodile Dundee Opening Titles Theme from Crocodile Dundee Overture from Crocodile Dundee Mychael Danna When directors want something a little different in their music, […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 3

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This list continues from part 2. Burt Bacharach Bacharach is mostly focused on his pop music career but he scored a few movies. The James Bond spoof Casino Royale was a ridiculous movie but the music was glorious. Casino Royale (1967) The entire album, especially Casino Royale (Main Title) Angelo Badalamenti Badalamenti has scored movies […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 2

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This list continues from part 1. Klaus Badelt Badelt’s one soundtrack on the list is one that I love. Upcoming work includes Ballerina and Warrior’s Gate. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (with Hans Zimmer) The entire album, especially He’s A Pirate Christophe Beck Beck wrote some brilliant music for the TV […]

Movie composers worth listening to, part 1

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Here’s the big list of movie composers. I’ll list their soundtracks, and specifically which tracks are worth listening to — on their own, not within the movie. Some of these soundtracks could be better than I realize — if I listened to them all the way through I might add more track(s) to my list. […]

The problem with movie music

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The article/video below talks about how directors use “temp music” while they’re editing their movie to give it the feel they want. This music is supposed to be temporary, but the directors become so used to it during the process of putting together the movie that they sometimes ask their composer to write something similar. […]

DaCapo’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind”

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I went to DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind.” Like the recent symphony concert I went to, it was an occasion to enjoy beautiful music I hadn’t heard before. The program had a Shakespeare theme, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death. Here’s the program: Harry Friedman — Songs from Shakespeare […]

KW Symphony’s “Scheherazade”

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I went to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s concert “Scheherazade.” Usually when I go hear an orchestra live I’m going to hear at least one piece that I already know. This time I didn’t know any of the pieces — but with brilliant composers and a terrific orchestra, you can’t go wrong. It was a concert of […]

Best soundtracks by year

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Here’s my list, updated for soundtracks I became aware of in 2015. The big winner from the past year’s soundtracks is Tommorowland. Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions 2015 Tomorrowland Inside Out Ant-Man Jurassic World Avengers: Age of Ultron Mad Max: Fury Road Pitch Perfect 2 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2014 How to […]