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9 Favorite Danny Elfman Scores

Edward Scissorhands

Danny Elfman is composer du jour at the multiplex with his recent scores for THE WOLFMAN and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. So it seemed the perfect time to add him to the “9 on the 9th” lineup. Though I enjoy Elfman’s music, he is not someone I usually turn to when I just want to listen to film music. So when I initially started writing this post, I thought I’d struggle to find nine scores that I really enjoyed. Oddly enough, I found more enjoyment compiling this list than some other…

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9 Favorite Scores of Alex North


Originally, this month’s “9 on the 9th” post was going to be dedicated to romantic film scores as a precursor to that evil holiday–Valentine’s Day. Then I realized most of what I had on the list was film music that made me cry. Since I had already visited that topic recently, I didn’t want to do it again. Instead I chose to focus this month’s “9 on the 9th” post to a composer I love (see? still sticking somewhat with the Valentine’s Day theme)–ALEX NORTH. North is an acquired taste for…

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9 Reasons Why I Still Love Film Music


Since we’re at the start of a new year and a new decade, I thought I’d break tradition a bit for this month’s “9 on the 9th” post. Rather than concentrating on the scores of a single composer or genre, I wanted to take a look at nine reasons why, 33 years later, I still love film music. 9. THE EXPERIMENTATION Is it the melodies and harmonies? Is it the fact that so much of today’s music, whether in the concert hall or popular music, is so afraid of a…

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9 Favorite Holiday Film and TV Scores


So why is a Scrooge like me writing a blog post about holiday film scores when I’m usually so down on the season? Because I needed a topic for this month’s “9 on the 9th” post. And because the best kind of holiday score captures that indefinable, and probably non-existent, Norman Rockwell-like quality that can only be found in the movies. Do your best to ignore my Grinch-like tendencies and enjoy 9 of my favorite holiday scores. 9. WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) – Irving Berlin White Christmas Not surprisingly, I have…

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9 Favorite Franz Waxman Scores

Franz Waxman

For this month’s “9 on the 9th” post, we focus on one of my favorite film composers, Golden Age or otherwise–Franz Waxman . Waxman got his start in Germany scoring films like Marlene Dietrich’s THE BLUE ANGEL (1932) before he was forced to flee the country when the Third Reich came into power. He composed his first Hollywood film score for James Whale’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935). Over the years, Waxman worked with legendary directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, and in 1952, became the first composer to win…

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9 Favorite Lord of the Rings Cues

The Lord of the Rings

In honor of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING concerts performed live to film tonight and tomorrowat Radio City Music Hall, I’ve devoted this month’s “9 on the 9th” to my favorite cues from the trilogy. I’ve used the single-CD editions of the scoressince those are the versions I’m more familiar with. (I) – THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (II) – THE TWO TOWERS (III) – THE RETURN OF THE KING 9. Samwise the Brave (II) [audio:samwisethebrave.mp3] While THE TWO TOWERS lacks the joy of “first discovery”…

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9 Favorite Scores of Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann

I have been diving deep into the works of Bernard Herrmann the last few weeks while researching his opera, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, for my upcoming “Gold Rush” column at Film Score Monthly Online. So who better to feature in this month’s “9 on the 9th” post? Nobody sounds like Herrmann and no one ever will. A true original, he changed the sound of film music, and less than a decade after Max Steiner’s KING KONG brought modern film music to the fore in 1933. While his behavioral quirks made him a prickly pear,…

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9 Favorite John Barry Scores


After last month’s “9 on the 9th” discussion of my favorite John Williams scores, I received an email asking when I was going to do a list of the scores ofJohn Barry. Always one to heed my reader’s requests, here you go. Whether it’s his James Bond scores, jazzz-tinged films from the swinging 60’s, or the slow, string-heavy Oscar-bait later in his career, there’s no denying the Barry sound. But this post was a tough one to pull together. Arguably, Barry writes more beautiful melodies than any other composer I can…

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9 Favorite John Williams Scores


Last month’s “9 on the 9th” list post featured the music of Jerry Goldsmith, the man behind my first love of film music. So I thought it appropriate that this month’s post focus on another essential composer in my early years of film music exploration, and arguably the most famous film composer in history–John Williams. Through his string of hit films and his long-time tenure as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, Williams is as close as we have to film music royalty, if for no other reason than his…

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9 Favorite Jerry Goldsmith Scores


Probably no other composer inspires more dedication and passion in film score fans than Jerry Goldsmith. A word to the wise: say a bad word against Jerry on message boards at your own risk. I’ve already written about my favorite composer, Alfred Newman. So for this month’s “9 on the 9th” list post, I thought it only appropriate to recommend some favorites from a very special composer, one whose music first made me sit up and take notice. 9. HOOSIERS (1986) When I played soccer as a kid, my best friend…

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