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 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

What are your Top 5 underrated film composers?

Mine are:
1. Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
2. Sir Malcolm Arnold
3. Herschel Burke Gilbert
4. Frank Skinner
5. Hans J. Salter

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Gosh , my friend that is such a hard question because as I am sure so many here on the board will agree, film music itself is so vastly underrated.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sometimes when you do things with a subject like this off the top of your head is the best way, otherwise you will be spending hours wondering which 5 one should list. So hear are 5 that just comes to mind, NOW - JOHN PATRICK SCOTT- MICHAEL LEWIS-RONALD STEIN-RICHARD BAND- ARMANDO TROVAJOLI

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 7:52 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

WHO are.

Unless you are referring to robot composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 8:17 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Neal Hefti
Frank DeVol
Johnny Mandel
Mike Curb
Nelson Riddle

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

Neal Hefti
Frank DeVol
Johnny Mandel
Mike Curb
Nelson Riddle


I'm not surprised at his choices.
Tom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

MY FIVE CHOICES ARE:

1... David Raksin
2... Jerome Moross
3... Roy Webb
4... Victor Young
5... Hans Salter
Tom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   Smitty   (Member)

I'll take it upon myself to include television.

Billy Goldenberg
Gil Mellé
Velton Ray Bunch
John Parker
Frédéric Talgorn

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 8:58 PM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

Underrated by whom? Maybe you mean under appreciated or not as frequently mentioned or discussed. In my collection, there are no
underrated composers. While it's true some composers are more
fully represented than others, they are all consdered by me to be
important contributors to my musical Nirvana. If they weren't, their
music would not be in my collection.
FILM AND TELEVISION MUSIC = DRUGS OF CHOICE

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

I will kick myself for leaving names off this list if I stop to think about it for too long, but here are some composers whose praises don't get sung often enough IMO:

Angela Morley
Laurence Rosenthal
Marc Shaiman
Ronald Stein
Shirley Walker

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Glad to see SALTER, mentioned a couple of times. I always felt he is up there with the best of them.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Paul Hertzog
Tim Truman
Yves Laferriere
Patrick Leonard
Patrick O'Hearn

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

And here are my bottom five faves:

Sammy Timberg
Ken Thorne
Barry DeVorzon
Vic Mizzy
Stu Phillips

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Ron Granier
Stu Phillips
Chuck Cirino
Shirley Walker
Morton Stevens

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

like to add another 5- SALTER, GLASSER, RUSTICHELLI,SATO,SKINNER

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Underrated, underdiscussed, underappreciated, misunderstood... I'm going to surprise even myself by not mentioning either Gil Mellé or Basil Kirchin again.

No, today I'm going to nominate only one, and that would be the late great Herman Stein. The thing about Stein is that many of us probably "know" his music without even being aware that he wrote it. A tremendous amount of his output went literally "uncredited" - "Music Supervision by Joseph Gershenson" was about the best anyone could expect on a multitude of '50s Universal films, of which the SFs are probably the best known and form part of our collective memories. But MMM has already written 325,000 words on the issue, throwing in other great composers such as Irving Gertz, so I shall leave it at that.

Summary of the Above for Those of a Short Attention Span
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HERMAN STEIN

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

George Shaw

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Of course it is understandable a bunch of composers who worked for UNIVERSAL in the 40's and 50's would be underrated since it was hard for years to know who composed what at that studio.So in less then 16 remarks SALTER, STEIN AND SKINNER HAS BEEN MENTION GERTZ TOO. Let's not forget HENRY MANCINI[too popular to be underrated] also worked with that Universal team during those years and did music without credit recognition.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 10:28 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Not to get off topic but I was just listening to the soundtrack POLTERGEIST NO 3, and hearing the end theme I would have to say it is one of the most underrated themes [of course there are so many of those] I heard, purely pretty.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

Terry Plumeri
Chris Boardman
Laurence Rosenthal
Tomoyuki Asakawa
Kazunori Miyake

 
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