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 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

Please help share film composer's favourite film scores in this thread. Here are the ones I know.

Thomas Newman's top 5 film scores of all time:

1. Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith - ”For its mood — it fits the time and place perfectly.”

2. To Kill a Mockingbird - Elmer Bernstein - ”Very effective, it just works.”

3. Psycho - Bernard Herrmann - ”Unique and utterly unusual.”

4. The Wizard of Oz - Herbert Stothart - ”Sure, I love the songs, but the score itself is excellent.”

5. King Kong - Max Steiner - ”There's a total sense of popcorn fun. It's a fountainhead score - the beginning of something new.”

Elliot Goldenthal's top 5 film scores of all time:

1. Cape Fear - Bernard Herrmann - ”He was the first minimalist. The score was played at a volume where it wouldn't compete with the movie's sound effects.”

2. La Strada - Nino Rota - ”It brought together the carnival and sensual elements of the church.”

3. Altered States - John Corigliano - ”With this soundtrack, he reinvented orchestration in film scoring.”

4. On the Waterfront - Leonard Bernstein - ”His only score had the sky-soaring melodic beauty of the American school.”

5. The Informer - Max Steiner - ”This has both Irish and Celtic folk melodies combined with a sweeping orchestral tapestry. It's brilliant.”

Leonard Rosenman's top 5 film scores of all time (in no order, although we can assume the Herrmann score is his #1):

Psycho - Bernard Herrmann
Jaws - John Williams
Gone with the Wind - Max Steiner
Patton - Jerry Goldsmith
East of Eden - Leonard Rosenman

He included himself among the 5 best film scores of all time.

Hans Zimmer's top 5 film scores of all time (in no order, although he has said at another time that the Morricone score is his #1):

Once Upon a Time in America - Ennio Morricone
Blade Runner - Vangelis
Midnight Express - Giorgio Moroder
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams
The Shawshank Redemption - Thomas Newman

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Interesting that Thomas Newman did not mention any of his father's scores.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I remember Goldsmith expressing admiration for Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven and Desplat's The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

Interesting that Thomas Newman did not mention any of his father's scores.

Yes. I consider his father to be one of the greatest of all film composers, as well as my personal second-favorite. But if his son doesn't share my appreciation for his father's talent, that helps explain why I have cared so little for that son's work.

Otherwise, I believe it was agent Richard Kraft who wrote in the FSM magazine in 2004 that Desplat's GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING was the final new score which Goldsmith ever told him he had enjoyed. That's not the same as Goldsmith saying it was among the greatest scores of all. (This thread's topic.)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

Richard Rodney Bennett mentioned many times that he had great admiration for:

Michel Legrand- The Thomas Crown Affair
Leonard Rosenman - East of Eden & Rebel Without A Cause
Jerome Moross- The Big Country
Leonard Bernstein- On The Waterfront
John Williams - Earthquake
Alex North - Streetcar Named Desire

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

I seem to remember a comment made by Bennett about Rosenman's Fantastic Voyage, but unfortunely I can't remember what he said except that it was among the lines that it was impressive.

Edit: Oh yes, speaking of Fantastic Voyage, I also seem to remember Lalo Schifrin's two favourite film scores of all time were Rosenman's Fantastic Voyage and Goldsmith's Patton, but I am unable to find the source.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Historically Ennio always raved about how wonderful Bernstein's West Side Story was. He certainly admired how groundbreaking it was.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

James Horner loved Morricone's "The Mission". Even screened the film at an event back in 2007 or so.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

James Horner loved Morricone's "The Mission". Even screened the film at an event back in 2007 or so.

James Horner said it was his favourite score when asked at the BAFTA conversations in 2015.
In other interviews in the late 80s and early 99s he also sighted Mike Oldfield’s The Killing Fields and To Kill a Mocking Bird by Elmer Bernstein as scores he really admired.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

In most of my later interviews with composers, I'd ask them what they're favorite scores are (so, start at the end and work your way up to probably Safan):
http://rejectedfilmscores.125mb.com/interviews.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Alexandre Desplat expressed his love for "Vertigo" - both film and score - in an interview a few years back.

 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I remember reading a Herrmann interview where he called WOMAN IN THE DUNES the greatest score ever:

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Interesting reading all the fav of the composers.Me personally ,I find it nearly impossible to rank , name only 5 in a favorite list.

I try and try but they just don't fit smile
Only one score always makes it to no.1 and that's SPARTACUS.
I guess it´s not just how much you like one score but it´s more a matter of has this score a film historical impact.So probably there would be some score which is not necessarily once favorite when it comes to the joy of listening, but because the score is an important stepping stone within the film scoring history.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)



Leonard Rosenman's top 5 film scores of all time (in no order, although we can assume the Herrmann score is his #1):

Psycho - Bernard Herrmann
Jaws - John Williams
Gone with the Wind - Max Steiner
Patton - Jerry Goldsmith
East of Eden - Leonard Rosenman

He included himself among the 5 best film scores of all time.



LOL... that is funny. (And typically Rosenman.)

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I remember Jerry Goldsmith praising John Barry's music for MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Barry spoke highly of Alex North's score for "A Streetcar Named Desire".

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

In Bernard Herrmann's famous 1972 Sight and Sound interview, he cited THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (1931) by Karol Rathaus, IVAN THE TERRIBLE by Prokofiev, and several scores by Vaughan Williams and Walton. Of the latter he preferred MAJOR BARBARA and ESCAPE ME NEVER to the Shakespearean scores. He also expressed great admiration for Alfred Newman.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

David Raksin had high praise for Morricone’s The Mission.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

He included himself among the 5 best film scores of all time.

Brian Wilson listed his 10 favorite albums, and his list included 3 by the Beach Boys!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

In Bernard Herrmann's famous 1972 Sight and Sound interview, he cited THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (1931) by Karol Rathaus, IVAN THE TERRIBLE by Prokofiev, and several scores by Vaughan Williams and Walton. Of the latter he preferred MAJOR BARBARA and ESCAPE ME NEVER to the Shakespearean scores. He also expressed great admiration for Alfred Newman.

Because Newman was probably the only conductor Herrmann trusted to touch his music, and Herrmann also spoke highly of Franz Waxman's score for "Taras Bulba" and Vic Mizzy's score for "The Night Walker".

 
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