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 Posted:   Jun 1, 2020 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

I just found this, John Barry's 12 favourite film scores of all time (in no order, although his #1 is Streetcar):

A Streetcar Named Desire - Alex North
Juliet of the Spirits - Nino Rota
The Adventures of Robin Hood - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Sea Hawk - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Max Steiner
Star Wars - John Williams
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
Once Upon a Time in America - Ennio Morricone
The Big Country - Jerome Moross
Goldfinger - John Barry
Midnight Cowboy - John Barry
Chariots of Fire - Vangelis

You can read what he says about his choices here: https://johnbarry.org.uk/images/fsts/John_Barry_for_the_Record-David_Toop_FSTS-32.pdf

He included two of his own scores among his favourites.


He got two of his own on there and couldn't find room for one Goldsmith? smdh lol

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2020 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   William R.   (Member)

I just found this, John Barry's 12 favourite film scores of all time (in no order, although his #1 is Streetcar):

A Streetcar Named Desire - Alex North
Juliet of the Spirits - Nino Rota
The Adventures of Robin Hood - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Sea Hawk - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Max Steiner
Star Wars - John Williams
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
Once Upon a Time in America - Ennio Morricone
The Big Country - Jerome Moross
Goldfinger - John Barry
Midnight Cowboy - John Barry
Chariots of Fire - Vangelis

You can read what he says about his choices here: https://johnbarry.org.uk/images/fsts/John_Barry_for_the_Record-David_Toop_FSTS-32.pdf

He included two of his own scores among his favourites.


Surprised he included Chariots of Fire on there. Obviously it was very popular, but my impression is that most of the old guard composers were not happy about that winning an Oscar.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2020 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   William R.   (Member)

I forgot to post Ryuichi Sakamoto's top 10, he included a few compilations.

Ryuichi Sakamoto's top 10 soundtracks of all time (in no order):

Stalker, Solaris, Mirror - Eduard Artemyev
Nostalghia (a concert work inspired by the Tarkovsky film) - Toru Takemitsu
Shochiku 120th Anniversary Soundtrack Collection (compilation) - Numerous composers ranging from Toru Takemitsu to Joe Hisaishi
Yojimbo - Masaru Sato
Seven Samurai - Fumio Hayasaka
Fellini and Rota (compilation) - Nino Rota
Once Upon a Time in the West - Ennio Morricone
A Streetcar Named Desire - Alex North
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Leonard Rosenman
Solaris - Cliff Martinez

I also just remembered that David Raksin named Toru Takemitsu's Ran the greatest film score of all time.


HELL YEAH Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Sakamoto's is my favorite so far.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2020 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

HELL YEAH Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Sakamoto's is my favorite so far.

Agreed, Sakamoto's top 10 is by far the one I agree with the most. Most other lists seem to overlook/ignore two of the most major film composers - North and Rosenman.

My own top 10 would be very close to his, I would only change a few of his choices. Of course I'd keep the Rosenman and North, that goes without saying. But I am less keen on the Sato and Hayasaka scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2020 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I think you have to take these lists with a grain of salt when it comes to omissions. If anybody asked me my ten favorite scores I could rattle off ten immediately, but if I gave the matter any thought I'd probably substitute a few of those choices.

Plus, on the whole, I don't think film composers listen, on record, to nearly as much film music as posters here do. They take their work very seriously, have great respect for some of their colleagues but for their own pleasure put on a classical record or jazz or whatever. I base this on reading interviews with film composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2020 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

Rachel Portman named Elmer Bernstein's To Kill a Mockingbird her #1 film score of all time.

I think Howard Shore at one point praised Toru Takemitsu's Woman in the Dunes, but I am not sure it is his favourite score.

Brian Reitzell named his top 5 film scores of all time:

5. Contempt - Georges Delerue
4. Fantastic Planet - Alain Goraguer
3. Solaris - Eduard Artemyev and Cliff Martinez
2. Three Colors Red, White, Blue - Zbigniew Preisner
1. Woman in the Dunes - Toru Takemitsu

Please help post more.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2020 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

Another list I just found - John Lurie named his top 5 film scores of all time (in no order):

Once Upon a Time in the West - Ennio Morricone
American Beauty - Thomas Newman
Taxi Driver - Bernard Herrmann
Touch of Evil - Henry Mancini
Elevator to the Gallows - Miles Davis

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

I decided to add director's favourite film scores to the title, if someone manages to find their favourites.

Here are the ones I know:

Christopher Nolan named Hans Zimmer's The Thin Red Line as his #1 favourite film score of all time. He named Journey to the Line his favourite piece of music. Other film music he praised included Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi, John Barry's On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Vangelis's Chariots of Fire.

David Lynch named Jerry Goldsmith's Chinatown as his #1 favourite film score of all time.

Francis Ford Coppola named two Rózsa scores - The Thief of Bagdad and Spellbound as his two favourite film scores of all time.

Martin Scorsese named Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo as his #1 film score of all time.

Steven Spielberg named Alex North's Spartacus his #1 film score of all time.

When he was asked what his favourite score was, Paul Schrader said that Herrmann's score to Taxi Driver was "pretty damn great to me".

Federico Fellini named John Barry's Goldfinger his #1 score.

Gary Ross named Thomas Newman's American Beauty and Jerry Goldsmith's The Omen as his two favourite film scores of all time.

Jonathan Glazer named Georges Delerue's Contempt as one of his favourites.

Julie Taymor is a fan of Nino Rota and liked Jonny Greenwood's score to There Will Be Blood.

Pete Docter named John Williams's Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky as his favourites of all time.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2020 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

In the book "The Art of Bond--From Storybook to Screen" Steven Spielberg mentions how much he admires John Barry's scores; if memory serves, he mentions the Bonds and singles out The Lion in Winter, The Ipcress File, The Quiller Memorandum. He Mentions the song "Goldfinger" for what it did for the series, but said that his favorite Bond song was "Live and Let Die." Elsewhere he has expressed admiration for Quincy Jones' In Cold Blood.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2020 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Faltermeyer mentioned The Mission and The Name Of The Rose.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2020 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I know that director Jonathan Lynn is a huge fan of Philip Glass but have no clue of any specific scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2020 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   ian642002   (Member)

In the film director's choice of favourite scores, apparently Quentin Tarantino's all-time favourite score is Goldsmith's Under Fire (as related in a mid-90's interview in the long-defunct British film magazine, Neon), surprising given Tarantino's large reliance on Morricone.

On a different note, screenwriter George Pellicanos (he of The Wire fame) has occasionally voiced his admiration for Goldsmith's work on Hour Of The Gun.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

I just found three more:

Two of Cliff Martinez's favourite scores are Ennio Morricone's For a Few Dollars More and Bernard Herrmann's The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Two of Mica Levi's favourite scores are Jerry Goldsmith's Chinatown and Kenji Kawai's Ghost in the Shell.

Two of Jonny Greenwood's favorite scores are Laurence Rosenthal's The Comedians and Don Ellis' The French Connection.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2020 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I met John Corigliano when he was a guest instructor at my college, and I had to ask him, which film composers / scores he most admired.

He considered Jerry Goldsmith the best, and also greatly admired John Williams (he did not name specific scores of theirs however). He expressed admiration for East of Eden ("Aaron couldn't have written a better Americana theme"), and Rozsa's epic scores (particularly for their brass writing). He was trying to remember the name of another film, but could not; based on his description I'm pretty sure he was talking about The Milagro Beanfied War.

Bear in mind these were "off the cuff" choices. Given more time I'm sure he would have thought of others.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2020 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

According to his wife, George Romero died listening to Victor Young's THE QUIET MAN, one of his favourite films.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Linae   (Member)

Bump.

 
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