Frame By Frame: Hollywood Composers
UNL Film Studies professor Wheeler Winston Dixon highlights the most prolific Hollywood film composers.
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- [00:00:13.260]Hi. I'm Wheeler Winston Dixon, James Ryan professor of film studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
- [00:00:18.624]and this is Frame By Frame, and I'd like to speak for a moment about some of the great film composers
- [00:00:24.011]who write music for the films we see, Hollywood films, particularly.
- [00:00:28.462]Of course, "great composers" is something that is absolutely subjective.
- [00:00:32.766]Some people like one person. Some like another.
- [00:00:35.569]But I think that any list of great composers has to start with, or at least include near the very top, Bernard Herman.
- [00:00:43.410]whose first score was for CITIZEN KANE, which is not a bad way to get into the business.
- [00:00:50.551]Later, he went on to compose the scores for most of Alfred Hitchcock's films,
- [00:00:54.121]as well as Ray Harryhousen's science fiction fantasy films like SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD.
- [00:00:59.793]One of the great composers of screen history.
- [00:01:02.596]Ennio Morricone, who is the Italian composer with more than 300 scores to his credit.
- [00:01:09.603]His scores go all the way back from spaghetti westerns to John Carpenter's version of THE THING,
- [00:01:15.142]and who once said, whenever I go to the movies and I haven't done a score, I curse myself because I know I could've done a better job.
- [00:01:21.086]THEME FROM STAR WARS
- [00:01:28.168]John Williams is another famous composer who works on all of the Steven Speilberg films.
- [00:01:33.193]His music is extremely supportive of the images, and more or less gives you cues on how to feel.
- [00:01:39.199]Now you're sad. Now you're happy. It leads you through the picture.
- [00:01:42.007]THEME FROM JAMES BOND FILMS
- [00:01:47.278]John Barry, who composed all of the James Bond scores in the 60s.
- [00:01:52.446]He also did the music for THE KNACK. He also did the music for THE IPCRESS FILE.
- [00:01:56.817]He is the quintessential swinging 60s composer.
- [00:01:59.953]Elmer Bernstein is another very famous American composer. He studied with Aaron Copeland.
- [00:02:06.927]You can't think of of Warner Bros. in the 1930s without thinking of Max Steiner.
- [00:02:12.366]Let's think of his music, for example, from KING KONG in 1933. A fantastic score.
- [00:02:16.704]Jerry Goldsmith, another very popular composer whose work goes into the 1960s.
- [00:02:23.177]Hans Zimmer is another composer who works in Hollywood.
- [00:02:27.981]James Horner is another very popular composer, too. I had the pleasure of meeting in Hollywood.
- [00:02:32.920]He composed the scores for, among other films, TITANIC.
- [00:02:36.256]MUSIC FROM THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
- [00:02:42.329]Danny Elfman, late of the rock and roll group, Oingo Boingo, has done numerous scores for Tim Burton, who remains his most popular composer.
- [00:02:50.704]THEME FROM THE PINK PANTHER
- [00:02:57.378]Henry Mancini... BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S... THE PINK PANTHER... Blake Edward's favorite composer...
- [00:03:03.765]One of the most prolific composers of all time.
- [00:03:06.787]Nino Rota, who wrote all of the scores for Federico Felini's films, and is a fantastically gifted composer.
- [00:03:14.261]These are some of the major composers who've worked in Hollywood history.
- [00:03:18.031]If I've left your favorite out, I apologize. There are so many people writing great movie scores today.
- [00:03:23.757]These are some of the people who write music that supports a film and makes the experience complete
- [00:03:31.412]working with the director to bring their vision to the screen.
- [00:03:34.717]I'm Wheeler Winston Dixon, and this is Frame By Frame.
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