My Favorite Movie Composers

by bigrudedude87 | created - 10 Jan 2014 | updated - 14 Jan 2014 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. Pino Donaggio

Composer | Dressed to Kill

Born in Burano (Venice) in 1941, Pino Donaggio studied violin at the Conservatory of Venice and Milan.

After a period of adolescent performer of classical music with the Solisti Veneti and the Soloists of Milan, in 1959 he began to devote himself to the pop music that soon led to international ...

3. Harry Manfredini

Composer | Friday the 13th

Film composer Harry Manfredini specialises in writing for horror films, but is also a song writer and jazz soloist. From his haunting dramatic scores for The Friday the 13th films, to his adventurous music for The Omegma Code, Harry Manfredini has established himself as a motion picture music ...

4. Charles Bernstein

Composer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Talented, prolific and versatile film composer Charles Bernstein was born on February 28, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He conducted his own orchestral music at age sixteen and studied composition with Vitorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti at Juilliard. Bernstein also attended the University ...

5. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

6. Goblin

Composer | Profondo rosso

For 25 years, Goblin has been scoring soundtracks for Italian films, mainly Giallo-style films directed by Dario Argento. The group consisted of keyboardist Claudio Simonetti, percussionist Walter Martino, bassist Fabio Pignatelli, guitarist Massimo Morante, percussionist Agostino Marangolo, and ...

7. Claudio Simonetti

Composer | Profondo rosso

Claudio Simonetti was born on February 19, 1952 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a composer, known for Deep Red (1975), Bangkok Dangerous (2008) and The Editor (2014).

8. Fabio Pignatelli

Composer | Profondo rosso

Fabio Pignatelli is known for his work on Deep Red (1975), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Dawn of the Dead (1978).

9. Massimo Morante

Music_department | Profondo rosso

Massimo Morante is known for his work on Deep Red (1975), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Suspiria (1977).

10. Fabio Frizzi

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Fabio Frizzi was born on July 2, 1951 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a composer, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Devil Fish (1984) and Saint Frankenstein (2015).

11. Jay Chattaway

Composer | Star Trek: Voyager

Jay Chattaway was born on July 8, 1946 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a composer, known for Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).

12. John Murphy

Composer | Sunshine

John Murphy is a British film composer from Liverpool. He began composing music scores for films in the early 1990s, working on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtracks to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).

Since 2000, Murphy has ...

13. Christopher Young

Composer | Sinister

Composer Christopher Young was born on April 28, 1957 in Red Bank, New Jersey. After graduating from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Young went on to pursue his post-graduate studies at North Texas State University. Christopher moved to Los Angeles, ...

14. François-Eudes Chanfrault

Sound_department | The Hills Have Eyes

François-Eudes Chanfrault was born on December 2, 1974 in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a composer, known for The Hills Have Eyes (2006), High Tension (2003) and Inside (2007). He was married to Lauranne. He died on March 11, 2016 in Paris, France.

15. Philip Glass

Composer | The Hours

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 ...

16. 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 ...

17. Keith Emerson

Soundtrack | MacGruber

Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960s and 70s. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock 'n' roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as ...

18. Paul Zaza

Soundtrack | 30 Minutes or Less

Canadian composer and songwriter Paul Zaza started out as a classically trained pianist. Zaza has a degree from the prestigious Toronto Conservatory of Music. Moreover, Paul played bass in a Canadian touring company production of the hit musical "Hair" and toured with the The 5th Dimension in the ...

19. Stelvio Cipriani

Soundtrack | Never Let Me Go

He studied piano and harmony at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. In 1957 he started playing light music, being the pianist of important singers such as Rita Pavone. In USA he studied jazz with Dave Brubeck. In 1966 he was called by Cam to compose his first soundtrack: The Bounty Killer, a film ...

20. Rick Wakeman

Soundtrack | Crimes of Passion

Rick Wakeman's work on the classic albums of the progressive rock band Yes, his hugely successful solo albums, as well as his contributions to classic David Bowie songs, has earned him a reputation as one of rock's greatest ever keyboardists. Wakeman was educated at Drayton Manor County Grammar ...

21. Jerry Goldsmith

Music_department | Star Trek: First Contact

Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...

22. Joseph LoDuca

Composer | Le pacte des loups

By the age of 15 (1973), Joseph LoDuca was opening for rock legends Bob Seger and Ted Nugent in smoky Detroit clubs and sneaking into Jeff Beck concerts. He was hooked. He went on to train formally in classical music at the University of Michigan and in New York City. He plugged into the jazz scene...

23. John Harrison

Director | Dune

John Harrison began his career directing rock videos and working as 1st Asst. Director for famed horror director,George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead (1968)/Creepshow (1982)). Harrison wrote and directed multiple episodes of Romero's classic TV series,Tales from the Darkside (1983)m], before ...

24. Alan Howarth

Sound_department | Escape from New York

Sonic Composer, Alan Howarth, started his major credits in 1979 when Alan met the sound effects team for Star Trek-The Motion Picture, launching him as a sound designer for the following 6 Star Trek feature films. Alan's next milestone was the film "Escape From New York" where he collaborated on ...

26. Guido De Angelis

Soundtrack | Il mondo di Yor

Guido De Angelis was born on December 22, 1944 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer and producer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Death Proof (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).

27. Maurizio De Angelis

Soundtrack | Il mondo di Yor

Maurizio De Angelis was born on February 22, 1947 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Death Proof (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).

29. Carlo Maria Cordio

Composer | Troll 2

Carlo Maria Cordio is known for his work on Troll 2 (1990), Shocking Dark (1989) and Aenigma (1987).

31. Simon Boswell

Soundtrack | Hobo with a Shotgun

Simon Boswell was born in London, UK on October 15th, 1956. He is a film composer with more than 90 films to his credit.

At seventeen Simon went to Pembroke College in Cambridge to study English Literature. Already an accomplished guitarist, and whilst still at college, he was signed by ...

32. Tyler Bates

Composer | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It's anything but typical for the realms of film or music... Tyler Bates regularly transitions from scoring some of the world's biggest film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick, to rocking massive audiences with Marilyn Manson and back to the studio again ...

33. Joseph Bishara

Composer | Insidious

Joseph Bishara is known for his work on Insidious (2010), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and The Conjuring (2013).

34. tomandandy

Composer | The Mothman Prophecies

They are Tom Hajdu and Andy Milburn. Andy from Texas and Tom from Canada. They met at Princeton University's Graduate Music Department.

35. Richard Band

Composer | From Beyond

Richard Howard Band (born December 28, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA) is an American composer of film and television music. He has scored more than 80 films, including From Beyond which won the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival. His score for ...



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