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Title: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 08:42:50 PM
When I see a movie, I don't just watch it. I listen to it!
I like listening to soundtracks from good movies.

My favourite composer is Hans Zimmer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001877/ (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001877/). He made the music for
 - Pirates of the Caribbean 2, 3 and 4
 - Lion King
 - Madagascar
 - Inception
 - The holiday
 - The dark knight
 - Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
and of course a lot of other fantastic movies :)

James Horner http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000035/ (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000035/) is a very good composer too!
He made the music for:
 - Titanic
 - Avatar
 - Zorro
and others..

If you like I can recomment tracks from each movies :) I have my favorites :)

 - Rose :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Stevil on March 24, 2012, 08:52:13 PM
My favourite composer is Steve Harris from Iron Maiden.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 08:57:11 PM
Haven't heard of him, but maybe I will! :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Guardian85 on March 24, 2012, 09:00:18 PM
For orchestral composers it's John Williams all the way. Made the music for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and a hell of a lot more.

Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 09:02:37 PM
I couldn't agree more! John Williams is one of my favourites too :)

Love theme from Star Wars - Good choice :D
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Asmodean on March 24, 2012, 09:07:53 PM
Hmm... As far as film composers go, Ennio Morricone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-CRONA_XUI), Nobuo Uematsu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSIrpJZjjAM), Edward Shearmur (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otdseoh-wqs), Klaus Doldinger, Mark Snow and a couple of others are worth a mention in my book.

Zimmer is very competent as well, but doesn't quite make my kind of music.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Stevil on March 24, 2012, 09:10:36 PM
Haven't heard of him, but maybe I will! :)
He doesn't compose for movies, just songs.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 09:21:46 PM
Haven't heard of him, but maybe I will! :)
He doesn't compose for movies, just songs.
Yeah, I found out :P

Hmm... As far as film composers go, Ennio Morricone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-CRONA_XUI), Nobuo Uematsu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSIrpJZjjAM), Edward Shearmur (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otdseoh-wqs), Klaus Doldinger, Mark Snow and a couple of others are worth a mention in my book.
Listened to the links you put in. Like it :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Buddy on March 24, 2012, 09:24:11 PM
Hans Zimmer, hands down.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 09:27:54 PM
You don't like him? Why not?
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Asmodean on March 24, 2012, 09:31:55 PM
You don't like him? Why not?
She does. I don't.

(As stated, however, I find nothing at all wrong with the quality of the music he writes, but just like I would not buy a Subaru in spite of its quality, I would not listen to Zimmer outside a movie.)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 09:40:14 PM
I see.
Just wanted to know if there was a deeper meaning :P But yeah, different tastes :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Buddy on March 24, 2012, 10:15:16 PM
You don't like him? Why not?

I love him. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands%20down <- This is what I meant.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 10:17:39 PM
Oh! Sorry I missunderstood :P
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Buddy on March 24, 2012, 10:22:03 PM
No problem. I have those moments often.  :D
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 24, 2012, 10:25:46 PM
Hehe, me too :D
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Melmoth on March 25, 2012, 12:15:23 AM
Ennio Morricone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Inn3cKpkXno) and Johnny Greenwood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_GHIRxzYrs) are my favourite cinematic composers.

For video games it's Garry Schyman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlu2z2gkhhI) (I'm trying to learn this song at the moment - hard but very, very fun)

other than that, probably Alfred Schnittke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgDwmIGTrhk) (and here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_15Hon0PXI)), Dmitri Shostakovich (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qeIlgnme2U), Krzysztof Penderecki (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z75cdL2Kv8) and John Tavener (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkgN9OjMXgw) (not Taverner, he's the old one, haven't listened to much of his stuff)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: McQ on March 25, 2012, 03:09:48 AM
My Top Ten:

Lalo Schifrin
Bill Conti
Ennio Morricone
Bernard Herrmann
Elmer Bernstein
John Barry
James Horner
Max Steiner
Dmitri Tiomkin
Patrick Doyle

My Other Likes:

Nino Rota
Maurice Jarre
Michel Legrand
Leonard Bernstein




Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: xSilverPhinx on March 25, 2012, 04:57:44 AM
Video games:

Yasunori Mitsuda for Chrono Cross (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J46RY4PU8a8)

Nervous_Testpilot for Frozen Synapse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVopq4SMYUI)

There are a few others, but those two are the first two that come to mind.

Movies: Mostly Hans Zimmer, but most of his songs are more or less the same. They're good IMO though.

 

Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Harmonie on March 25, 2012, 05:52:33 AM
That's a really tough one for me. Probably the composers that I listen to the most these days are Thomas Tallis, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Particularly I love Renaissance choral music and Impressionist music. They're both very unique styles of music that invoke feelings that can't be found anywhere else.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on March 25, 2012, 04:07:43 PM
You all give me some new composers to listen to! That's awesome :D
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Crow on March 25, 2012, 04:34:01 PM
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Philip Glass
Kronos Quartet
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Sweetdeath on March 26, 2012, 11:27:42 PM
I really love Michiru Yamane, who did the music for Castlevania: Sympathy of the night.

Also Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Umematsu worked magic for the music of chrono trigger on SNES. Still gives me shivers. :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Firebird on March 27, 2012, 03:09:18 AM
As far as traditional classical music, Gustav Mahler is at the top of my list, as is Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak. The Dvorak cello concerto is beautiful enough to make me tear up.

Movie music: John Williams (of course), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), and James Horner (Star Trek II and Glory, among others mentioned here already)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: rickrocks on April 23, 2012, 08:03:45 PM
Interesting that no one so far has chosen any composers from the traditional classical lists. Here are a few of my faves,...

Undisputed masters all!

J. S. Bach
W.A. Mozart
L. van Beethoven
I. Stravinsky
B. Bartok
F. Poulenc
I. Xenakis
E. Varese
O. Messaien

Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Asmodean on April 23, 2012, 09:03:01 PM
What, no Wagner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcZp7u_Krp8)?
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: rickrocks on April 24, 2012, 02:14:40 AM
What, no Wagner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcZp7u_Krp8)?

Well, not everyone can love Wagner, although I do treasure the Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd version!

You will find a decided lack of Romantic period stuff in my collection, esp late Romantic. My preferences, though not absolute, run through Baroque, Classical, and then misteriously skip over the Romantics like a stone over turbulent water, and then through the 20th century from beginning to end.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Asmodean on April 24, 2012, 06:27:44 AM
Ah! Well, being an utterly mad and somewhat evil academic, Ritt der Walküren is a must on my like-list.  :D
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: history_geek on April 24, 2012, 09:50:36 AM
Sibelius (we so need to make Finlandia the national anthem. Vårt land is good enough I suppose, but....)

Jean Sibelius - Finlandia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgwr3wrenkQ)
Jean Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfBTiv3WGU0&feature=related)

And of course Mozart, Beethoven, Händel, Vivaldi, Bach, Zimmer, etc.

And pretty much anyone who composes the musics for Two Steps from Hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASj81daun5Q), Epic Score (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E3O4KPeywM&list=FLZnjJUQXZbBUfBaFsMgJ0eg&index=36&feature=plpp_video), Pfeifer Broz. Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O8NM3EIjKs&list=FLZnjJUQXZbBUfBaFsMgJ0eg&index=120&feature=plpp_video) and Audiomachine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YISTBDbcu8&list=FLZnjJUQXZbBUfBaFsMgJ0eg&index=129&feature=plpp_video)  ;D

And indeed, the Ride of the Valkyries is a must....well I am a bit mad, and I love war history. I think that compensates for being evil...almost... :P Oh, and O Fortuna (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNWpZ-Y_KvU) is another!
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: rickrocks on April 24, 2012, 04:43:32 PM
Ah! Well, being an utterly mad and somewhat evil academic, Ritt der Walküren is a must on my like-list.  :D

Now madness and evil I can understand! Brings to mind the Wagner-Hitler connection (admittedly indirect)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: musicality on April 24, 2012, 07:10:00 PM
Oh my goodness!! I love this whole thread of posts! :D
Why have I just seen this? Lol

My favorite film composer at the moment is Joe Hisaishi. He composes music for some of the most famous Studio Gibli films like: Spirited Away (my favorite movie of all time), My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, etc.

 http://youtu.be/b-s7rX2FdE0 (http://youtu.be/b-s7rX2FdE0)
I especially love his arrangement of this theme. Especially when it develops more towards the middle all the way to the end. Watching the conducting at the end makes me tear up too because I love his emotion! I can only imagine the high he feels hearing the piece he composed himself with a full orchestra! Oh yeah, the trumpet player is a beast too lol


But other composers I LOVE:

Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: OldGit on April 24, 2012, 07:43:28 PM
Quote from: Radiant
I love Renaissance choral music.

Me, too.  Then Mozart, Bach and Handel.  I also like the Scarlattis, Aaron Copland, some Schubert, some Beethoven.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: not your typical... on April 25, 2012, 07:20:20 PM
Hmmm... I'm torn between John Williams and Clint Mansell. They're both (impo) amazing. :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Anti-antidisestablishmentarianism on May 26, 2012, 03:35:06 PM
I couldn't agree more! John Williams is one of my favourites too :)

Love theme from Star Wars - Good choice :D

I just saw this thread so I was beat to the punch by a couple of months, but John Williams is the best in my book.  Hans Zimmer is good too. I love pirates, the movie and the music in it.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Piratenerforsej on May 26, 2012, 08:55:20 PM
I couldn't agree more! John Williams is one of my favourites too :)

Love theme from Star Wars - Good choice :D

I just saw this thread so I was beat to the punch by a couple of months, but John Williams is the best in my book.  Hans Zimmer is good too. I love pirates, the movie and the music in it.

I love pirates too :) And Hans Zimmer is my favourite :)
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Amicale on May 29, 2012, 08:21:04 PM
Johann Pachelbel (the Canon in D especially, but also much of his other work), Bach, Mozart, and Handel for the best-known composers.

Also very partial to James Horner (I LOVE love love the music from the movie 'The Perfect Storm' that he worked on: ). John Williams and Hans Zimmer are great, too.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Confucius on August 02, 2012, 02:14:04 AM
Here's my top ten, there are far too many that I enjoy to make a proper ranking, but this gives an idea of what I like to listen to.

1. Tchaikovsky - I just love all of his work, I really enjoy his ballets, symphonies, piano concertos and many of his other works as well.
2. Vivaldi - I enjoy the intensity of some of his works.
3. Beethoven - His symphonies are definitely on par with Tchaikovsky's if not even better, but I prefer Tchaikovsky's style, although only slightly.
4. Stravinsky
5. Wagner
6. Mozart
7. Stravinsky
8. Brahms
9. Chopin
10. Listz

I also enjoy John Williams and Hans Zimmer, although I prefer older composer's works, mostly that from the romantic and baroque era.
Title: Re: Favourite composer?
Post by: Will on August 03, 2012, 12:02:08 AM
I suspect this won't surprise anyone who's an HAF veteran, but I'm a huge Maurice Ravel fan. Daphnis et Chloe, imho, is the greatest piece of music ever composed. It's as if someone gathered, purified and distilled every emotion anyone has ever felt and put it to breathtaking music. The first time I heard the piece changed my life. Some day I hope to see it performed live with a ballet.