I was searching (unsuccessfully) for a thread where someone declared that the "love theme" from "The Wind And The Lion" was the BEST "love theme" by Jerry Goldsmith, which I didn't agree with at all -- I could easily think of 10 or more that I felt were better, and I was glad to find this old thread where some of you seem to agree with me! Glad "The Sand Pebbles" and "Islands In The Stream" were cited!
Like so many fine film composers Jerry had a large arsenal of beautiful love themes or beautiful themes that were not necessarily love themes[end of Logan's run as example] that to me it would be so hard to narrow it down without the list not being in the dozens and dozens. We can agree he was a great melodic composer as well as a great composer. Now may I add one I think was not mention, the incredibly pretty and haunting theme from SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY.
Raggedy Man (wistful and bittersweet, just how I like em) Magic (see above) Flim Flam Man (it's the main theme too, but when he rearranges it for that lovely scene between Sue Lyon and Michael Sarrazin, it just swoons) Ballad Of Cable Hogue (Butterfly Mornings and Wait For Me Sunrise..I love em both) Logan's Run (it was my mums favourite theme by Jerry...I love it cos she loved it) Powder (not sure if it qualifies, but it is LOVEly)
Hadrian: Re: Ilia's Theme from STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE. To me, one of the most beautiful themes ever written.
Totally agree. In another thread, started by someone who (misguidedly) felt that the love theme from "The Wind And The Lion" was Goldsmith's best love theme, I also cited it, along with several others I felt were far better than what Goldsmith wrote for "Wind." One could put together a gorgeous compilation of just the gorgeous love themes of Jerry Goldsmith. Would make a nice playlist!