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What is your favourite film score?

Post by Nick Thomas » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:47 pm

I want to expand my repertoire and need direction. My favourite is Ennio Morricone's "The Mission" although I am slightly loathe to admit it as it might make me seen obsessed with religious themes :shock:

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Rob Thompson » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:19 pm

My favourites - Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore
Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
V for Vendetta - Dario Marianelli
Amelie - Yann Tiersen
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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by David Robertson » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:49 pm

If you admire Morricone, it's impossible to surpass his score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Also, try Sergiey Prokofiev's brilliant score for Ivan the Terrible; or Leonard Bernstein's for On The Waterfront.

For something different, try Miles Davis's score for Louis Malle's L'Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Geoff Chandler » Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:55 am

'Exodus' from the film of the same name.

Play it loud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVZpeNGFrB8

Later someone put mushy words to it. Naff.

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Nick Thomas » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:23 am

Some great ideas already, thanks.
David Robertson said:
If you admire Morricone, it's impossible to surpass his score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I do love Ecstasy Of Gold (TGTBATU). It seems to me like pure genius wrapped up tightly in a web of incredible cleverness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNGe7iK1O-4

I think the reason I slightly prefer Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission) is that the incredible cleverness is stripped bare leaving just the pure genius to admire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmax47l2hLU

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Andrew Farthing » Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:26 pm

Once Upon a Time in the West is another stunningly beautiful score by Morricone.

Other favourites:

The Magnificent Seven
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover
Blade Runner
Out of Africa

If you are prepared to forsake cinema for TV, the soundtrack to Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti is utterly haunting. (If you like that, track down Julee Cruse's album Floating into the Night - it's brilliant.)

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Post by Paul Cooksey » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:19 pm

Andrew Farthing wrote:The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover
If you are prepared to forsake cinema for TV, the soundtrack to Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti is utterly haunting. (If you like that, track down Julee Cruse's album Floating into the Night - it's brilliant.)
Agree with those. I like the soundtrack to Drowning by Numbers a little more than CTWL.

I'll suggest the obvious Amadeus and even more obviously - if you are in the mood for a blockbuster - anything with a John Williams score. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFNN_ADpYJ0

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:32 pm

The theme for the later series of the Master Game was by Morricone, I believe.
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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Nick Thomas » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:58 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:The theme for the later series of the Master Game was by Morricone, I believe.
Yes it was a version of Come Maddalena from Morricone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-N9MmzRluU

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by John Clarke » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:09 pm

England 4 West Germany 2 (from the 1966 movie Goal!) :mrgreen:

Seriously though: Lawrence of Arabia (by Maurice Jarre).
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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Andrew Farthing » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:54 am

Another favourite of mine: Witchfinder General. The sweeping score accompanying Ian Ogilvy as he rides cross-country is terrific.

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Post by John Saunders » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:38 pm

The Third Man, High Noon and The Godfather.

I can play versions of the theme of all three on the guitar - versions for which the world is probably not yet ready.
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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Phil Makepeace » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:22 pm

Pretty much anything by Thomas Newman, though Road to Perdition and American Beauty are my favourites.
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Post by Ben Purton » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:36 pm

Buttlerfly Effect, Stay and Notebook are my fav movies
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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by John Upham » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:43 pm

Harold and Maude (if you are a Cat Stevens fan then you will love this film!),
This is Spinal Tap,
Bladerunner and
Lawrence of Arabia have unforgettable scores... :D
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