I've tinkered with the piano and composition for years, and I'm completely blown away by the raw compositional talent of The Golden Age composers, particularly Tiomkin and Korngold. There are a handful of film composers from the period of the 30's through the early 1960's who could have easily found a successful audience in traditional classical venues. Yes, I known there a few classical works by Rozsa, etc., but not too many.
If you could nominate a film composition that would become part of the standard classical repertoire, what would it be? Hypothetically speaking of course. I would suggest selections from "The Fall of the Roman Empire" as one example.
I've been meaning to start a thread about Elmer Bernstein's Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra with Christopher Parkening and the LSO.
I recently relocated to the southern Virginia highlands and this CD has been in my car for weeks because I haven't had a chance to unpack any of my other music yet. I absolutely adore this recording. There are some lush and beautiful orchestral moments that really lend themselves to driving through the snowy mountains! Some of the more robust moments are just as exciting as any of his film music. Highly recommended if you haven't heard it.