Amazing Composersby ChristianMovieDude | created - 18 Nov 2011 | updated - 17 Dec 2011 | Public
Composers who MAKE the movie/show/game. Through emotion and motifs, they evoke so much when you hear their compositions, even if you're not watching the production.
I've listed some scores for each composer as guidance.
Composer | Fainaru fantajî sebun adobento chirudoren
He's been called the John Williams of the video game world, and the description is apt. Born in Kouchi City, Japan on March 21, 1959, Nobuo started playing the piano at the age of 12 and has never been formerly taught. By his own admission, he said he wanted to learn to play the piano because he ...
Final Fantasy 7 Final Fantasy 10
Soundtrack | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...
Star Wars Indiana Jones
4. Naoki Satô
Composer | Eien no 0
X Eureka Seven
5. Bill Conti
Composer | For Your Eyes Only
Rocky Karate Kid
Soundtrack | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kingdom Hearts Parasite Eve
7. Éric Serra
Music_department | GoldenEye
Eric Serra was born on September 9th, 1959 near Paris in France. His mother died when he was only 7 years old. His father, Claude Serra was a well-know songwriter in France in late 50s and 60s. Serra began to learn play the guitar at 11 years old and became a professional musician for Mory Kante;, ...
The Fifth Element Golden Eye
Soundtrack | Bulletproof Monk
Xenogears Chrono Cross
9. Hans Zimmer
Composer | Gladiator
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...
Inception True Romance
10. Nino Rota
Composer | The Godfather
Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous...
The Godfather 8 1/2
11. Craig Armstrong
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.
From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...
Love Actually Moulin Rouge
12. Philip Glass
Soundtrack | The Truman Show
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...
The Truman Show Kudun
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
14. Yuki Kajiura
Composer | .hack//SIGN
Xenosaga Part II Xenosaga Part III
15. Ennio Morricone
Composer | The Hateful Eight
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Once Upon A Time in the West
16. Yôko Kanno
Composer | Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex
17. Howard Shore
Music_department | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...
Lord of the Rings Se7en
18. Bernard Herrmann
Soundtrack | Taxi Driver
The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...
Taxi Driver Psycho
20. Brad Fiedel
Music_department | True Lies
Extremely talented, prolific and versatile composer Brad Fiedel was born on March 10, 1951 in New York City. His mother was a dancer and his father was a composer and musician. Brad started out as a keyboardist for Hall & Oates. Fiedel first began composing music for movies in the mid-70s for such ...
The Terminator Terminator 2
21. Clint Mansell
Composer | Black Swan
Requiem For A Dream Moon
22. Don Davis
Composer | The Matrix Reloaded
Don Davis was born on February 4, 1957 in Anaheim, California, USA as Donald Romain Davis. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). He has been married to Megan Jeanne MacDonald since May 25, 1986.
23. Alan Silvestri
Composer | The Polar Express
In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...
Back To The Future Predator
25. John Du Prez
John Du Prez is a musician and composer best known as a past member of 1980's multi-hit New Wave Salsa group Modern Romance (1981-83). The band achieved eight top-forty hits and two hit albums and John - who played trumpet with Modern Romance - even had a song named after him: 'Who Is John Du Prez?...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monty Python & The Meaning of Life
26. Michael Nyman
Composer | The Piano
Michael Nyman studied piano, harpsichord and music history with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, and musicology with Thurston Dart at King's College, London. Between 1968 and 1978 he worked as a music critic and in 1977 he founded the Campiello Band, later renamed the Michael Nyman Band. ...