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The ABC’s of Film Composers

In some circles, film music is a four-letter word. But the art form deserves to be celebrated, and these film composers certainly know their ABC’s.

A is for AddisonAndré, and Arnold

B is for Barry, Bennett, and Burwell

C is for Corigliano, Conti, and Copland

D is for DelerueDoyle, and Desplat

E is for Ennio, Elmer, and Elfman

F is for FriedhoferFielding, and Fenton

G is for Goldenthal, Grusin, and Gold

H is for HerrmannHamlisch, and Henry

I is for IglesiasIsham, and Ikifube

J is for JohnJerry, and James

K is for KorngoldKaper, and Karlin

L is for Legrand, Lewis, and Lai

M is for MenkenMichael, and Maurice

N is for NewmanNewmanNewmanNewmanNewman, and Newman

O is for NinoPierro, and Lalo

P is for ProkofievPortman, and Powell

Q is for “Quit with all the Zimmer clones!”

R is for Rosenman, Rozsa, and Raksin

S is for ShostakovichShire, and Shore

T is for TheodorakisTakemitsu, and Tiomkin

U is for BrunoBruce, and Stu

V is for Van Cleave, Vangelis, and Vlad

W is for WaltonWalker, and Waxman

X is for FoxAlex, and Max

Y is for Yared, Young, and Young

Z is for ZimmerMizzy, and Ziv

Okay, so I cheated a little bit…

What are YOUR ABC’s of film composers?

  1. Jerry should be listed twice, under J and G. And, let’s see, also under A for Absolutely great. And B for Beautiful melodist. And C for…

  2. and the list goes on…hahaha
    A is for ADDISON, AMRAM and ARNOLD
    B is for BERNSTEIN, BARRY and BACHARACH
    C is for COPLAND, CONTI and CHAPLIN
    D is for DUNING, DONAGGIO and DeVOL
    E is for ELFMAN, EIDELMAN and ELLINGTON
    F is for FIELDING, FRIED and FREIDHOFER
    G is for GREEN, GOLD and GOLDSMITH
    H is for HARLINE, HERRMANN and HEFTI
    I is for ISHAM
    J is for JARRE
    K is for KORNGOLD, KAPER and KOSTEL
    L is for LAI and LEGRAND
    M is for MOROSS, MANCINI and MORRICONE
    N is for NEWMAN, NORTH and NASCIMBENE
    O is for Oh No! I can only think of OLDFIELD
    P is for PROKOFIEV, PREVIN and POLEDOURIS
    Q is for Quincy, JONES that is!
    R is for RAKSIN, ROSZA and ROTA
    S is for STEINER, SARDE and SCHIFRIN
    T is for TIOMKIN, THEODORAKIS and TAKEMITSU
    U is for UMILIANI
    V is for VAN CLEAVE
    W is for WAXMAN, WILLIAMS and WALTON
    X is for those that remember XAVIER CUGAT
    Y is for YOUNG and YARED
    Z is for ZAZA, ZEITLAN and ZIMMER

    1. Damn! Your Q is better than mine…FAR better! And I remember Xavier Cugat, reports to the contrary that I was alive during his heyday in the ’40s.

  3. A is for AMFITHEATROF
    B is for BLISS
    C is for COPLAND
    D is for DIAMOND [David]
    E is for EISLER [Hans]
    F is for FRIEDHOFER
    G is for GOULD [Morton]
    H is for HERRMANN
    I is for IFUKUBE
    J is for JANSSEN [Werner]
    K is for KOPP [Rudolph George]
    L is for LEGRAND
    M is for MOROSS
    N is for NORTH
    O is for OVCHINNIKOV [Vyacheslav]
    P is for PREVIN
    Q is for QUILTER [Roger]
    R is for ROZSA
    S is for SEIGMEISTER [Elie]
    T is for TIOMKIN
    U is for ??? (you’ve got me on that one)
    V is for VARESE [Edgard]
    W is for WALTON
    X is for XENAKIS [Yannis]
    Y is for YARAD
    Z is for ZIV [Mikael]

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