What is your favourite film score?

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by James Byrne » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:29 pm

George Szaszvari wrote:A great list that could be much longer. All kinds of Disney productions are replete with superb music, many of the older generation (including yours truly) getting their first taste of the "classics" as kids via Disney cartoons. Apart from the obvious Fantasia, there are fun things like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYM84n-2 ... re=related
True, just remembered the Little Mermaid, Hunch back of Notredam (every child should see this for it's powerful ethics and morality lessons) and Snow White to name a few more. Shame they don't make films like this anymore, it's all who can do the best CGI and animation nowadays, and not making sure they nail the story + music like the past.

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Gavin Strachan » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:53 am

James Byrne wrote:For a non-disney film I'd say Braveheart.

But for Disney films I liked the following soundtracks the most:

Lion King
Pocahontus
Tarzan
Aladdin
Beauty & the Beast
Alan Menkin did all those. the last one on the list is probably the best. Surprised to see no Bernard Hermann or John Williams mentions from what I can see, yet Nyman (the marmite of film composing) has been.

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by John Clarke » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:09 am

Kevin Thurlow wrote:633 Squadron and Great Escape are good. From TV, I suppose my favourites are Twin Peaks, Virginian and Rawhide.
Yeah, I'd forgotten 633 Squadron - possibly because I think of it as a theme tune rather than a film score as such. But one of the greats, all right - thank you Ron Goodwin.

The Dam Busters (Eric Coates) would have to be pretty close too. Rousing where required, and melancholic as well when appropriate. Which prompts the question of what music Peter Jackson will use, if his own version of the story ever gets into production. I can't think of any other film where the theme has become quite so closely associated with its subject, to the extent where anything else seems almost inconceivable.
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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by George Szaszvari » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:48 pm

John Clarke wrote:
Kevin Thurlow wrote:633 Squadron and Great Escape are good. From TV, I suppose my favourites are Twin Peaks, Virginian and Rawhide.
Yeah, I'd forgotten 633 Squadron - possibly because I think of it as a theme tune rather than a film score as such. But one of the greats, all right - thank you Ron Goodwin.

The Dam Busters (Eric Coates) would have to be pretty close too. Rousing where required, and melancholic as well when appropriate. Which prompts the question of what music Peter Jackson will use, if his own version of the story ever gets into production. I can't think of any other film where the theme has become quite so closely associated with its subject, to the extent where anything else seems almost inconceivable.
While on the military theme there is some fine music supporting the dramatic battle sequence, the best one I've so far heard (interwoven very effectively with the film imagery) being Sir William Walton's from "The Battle of Britain". Quite extraordinary.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVRey2 ... re=related

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by Gavin Strachan » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:28 pm

John Clarke wrote:
Kevin Thurlow wrote:633 Squadron and Great Escape are good. From TV, I suppose my favourites are Twin Peaks, Virginian and Rawhide.
Yeah, I'd forgotten 633 Squadron - possibly because I think of it as a theme tune rather than a film score as such. But one of the greats, all right - thank you Ron Goodwin.

The Dam Busters (Eric Coates) would have to be pretty close too. Rousing where required, and melancholic as well when appropriate. Which prompts the question of what music Peter Jackson will use, if his own version of the story ever gets into production. I can't think of any other film where the theme has become quite so closely associated with its subject, to the extent where anything else seems almost inconceivable.
Much of the military film stuff tends to be a pastiche on Military Band music as opposed to having a genuinely new outlook which works in collaboration with the film. The tunes may well be good and the music have an uplifting feel but the music is not inherently unique and tends to be regurgitated militaria adapted to fit. Morricone on the other hand transformed the film score for western films and at the time had a refreshingly new outlook on the instrumentation. The main theme to The Great Escape is good because of its slightly quirky nature and a great tune.

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by George Szaszvari » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:34 pm

I don't know about the *whole" film score, but one of the greatest pieces of music from any film I've seen/heard has to be the song
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" sung by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz". Even though the music is unusually effective, my guess
is that the older generations will appreciate this song more than the younger...when I first heard this as a youngster its qualities
didn't affect me anything like as much as it does now. Or am I just becoming hopelessly mushy and sentimental?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HRa4X07jdE

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Re: What is your favourite film score?

Post by George Szaszvari » Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:36 am

Further to the Robert O'Neill (as Admiral Randolph) chess connection to Dr Strangelove, I found this photo of the filming set of the movie via Facebook.
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