Top 5 Film Composers You Should Know About

What would a movie be without music? Boring, slow and even perhaps a bit weird – you most likely would…

Corinne Crook

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What would a movie be without music? Boring, slow and even perhaps a bit weird – you most likely would not want to see it. But if you were to go up to someone and ask who wrote the score for Superman or Avatar, many would not know, which to me is a real shame. Why? Music adds so much more to a movie, making a simple kiss into the most romantic scene, a chase through a forest exciting yet terrifying and a death heartbreaking. Music is such an important aspect of the movie industry, and the composer’s do such an amazing job almost all the time, which I believe should be much more appreciated.

Here are my Top 5 composers I think you should know about  –

Special Mention: Alan Silvestri, an american composer, known for collaborating on many occasions with director Robert Zemeckis, wrote the score for the following – Romancing The Stone, Back To The Future Trilogy, Predator 1 & 2, Who Framed Rodger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Captain America and The Avengers. Those are some awesome movies, with great music.

5. James Horner

Birth name James Roy Horner
Born August 14, 1953 (age 59)
Origin Los Angeles, U.S.
Genres Film Score
Occupations Composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1979–present

James Horner, is known for using choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores along with frequent use of Celtic musical elements. He has scored over 100 films and won many awards. I particularly like his use of choir’s, his music has a very ‘Sheer Awe and Wonder’ feel to it, especially for Avatar and the work he did for The Amazing Spiderman was excellent, it has a real mystery yet adventure tone.

Notable Films – Braveheart, Aliens, The Mask Of Zorro, Jumanji, Apollo 13, Mighty Joe Young, Titanic, Avatar, and The Amazing Spiderman.

Trivia – His 1997 soundtrack for Titanic became and still is the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.

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