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 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

So I'm about to listen to and provide a review for the Queen of Versailles documentary score, and was curious how many other famous or otherwise great scores are out there for documentaries in general. Can you list the best and/or your faves?

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

Philip Glass has a couple of good ones, besides the 'qatsi films, he did The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line. The latter is well worth a watch if you haven't seen it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 11:58 AM   
 By:   VampyreDjango   (Member)

Probably not famous, but Malcolm Lindsay's score for the documentary Michael Palin and the Mystery of Hammershoi is worth checking out. Beautiful, emotive little work. Can be found on iTunes.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Two documentaries I've watched a lot over the years:

Ernest Hemingway- Wrestling with Life and Paris: The Luminous Years.

They're low budget and the groups consist of a small amount of instruments but they both capture the feeling of the time and place. Lots of short cues but they're so well done, worthy of the subject matter.

I've wanted to start a topic like this for years, but with the ol' Phelps name attached to it, I knew it'd just crash and burn...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Well the most obvious answer would be to point towards the documentaries scored by the great American composers Aaron Copland (The City) and Virgil Thomson (The Plow That Broke the Plains, Louisiana Story). I'd also recommend Air Power, the work of Norman Dello Joio.

Of the mainstream Hollywood composers, Elmer Bernstein supplied the music for lots of TV documentaries but not all that many have been recorded. Intrada did release Yankee Sails Across Europe c/w Grizzly, (the latter scored by Jerome Moross) but I'm not certain if that CD is still available...

- James.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

TOURS DU MONDE, TOURS DU CIEL

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Rubyglass   (Member)

Bodysong - Jonny Greenwood
The Tillman Story - Philip Sheppard

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   serifiot   (Member)

"The Times Of Harvey Milk" by Mark Isham

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Gerald Fried received an Oscar nomination for "Birds Do It, Bees Do It" (1975) as did Oliver Wallace for 1958's "White Wilderness"

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   johndupree52   (Member)

Todd Boekelheide has done a number of good, although unreleased, documentary scores.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0091250/

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Nobody mentioned John Scott and his scores for Cousteau yet? I'm shocked!...

Amazon, Cape Horn, Channel Islands, Parc Oceanique etc. - and readily available on CD!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   Adam S   (Member)

I wish it was available but I thought it was very interesting to see/hear how John Williams scored the documentary, American Journey, which was done by Speilberg in 1999 to mark the turn of the century. It ended up being as cinematic sounding as a relgular score but he had to wed the music through a well-edited montage as opposed to the normal chronological approach of a movie. I thought it was very interesting and very well done.

- Adam

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Absolutely THE BEST documentary score: Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Off the top of my head i really liked The endless summer-66- music score

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Sean   (Member)

Dominic Frontiere's "On Any Sunday"

cool

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Unfortunately national geographic doesn't get this. None of their shows are ever licensed. They will sell books DVDs but never scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Nobody mentioned John Scott and his scores for Cousteau yet? I'm shocked!...

Amazon, Cape Horn, Channel Islands, Parc Oceanique etc. - and readily available on CD!


And Fran├žois de Roubaix's rejected, but oh so great, score for Cousteau's Antarctique.

http://www.dustygroove.com/item.php?id=x7bxcwkqsf

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Danny Elfman's STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE is pretty good.

 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

Don't forget Carl Davis:
The World at War
Unknown Chaplin
Hollywood
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow

And more.

All excellent and very memorable.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2012 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Don't forget Carl Davis:

The World at War

 
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