Writing a movie score is a daunting task that demands incredible talent and hard work from the part of both the composer and the orchestra. The importance of a good movie score can never be overstated as it has become such an indelible part of any movie that makes you wonder how on earth could they make such superb silent movies in the past.
Every time you see a scene where the protagonist is about to discover something essential or scurry away in the dark, you will hear the work of a movie composer. The tones and sounds are so perfectly entwined with the visual scene that they subconsciously blend the movie scene with the music in your mind, and you can never set them apart again.
It feels almost incredible to see how directors, writers, and composers can agree on the concept that is fundamental for writing a movie score. Only the best of them can compose such music that can even have an independent life from the movie. In this article, we will present the most prominent movie composers in the world today and see what accomplishments have secured their position among all-time greats. Read on!
John Williams is an American composer, pianist, and conductor that is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers of all time. His six decades of writing score have brought him 24 Grammy Awards, 5 Academy Awards, and 4 Golden Globes. His 1977’s Star Wars score was declared the most celebrated American film score of all time and, together with the entire Star Wars soundtrack, is preserved in by the Library of Congress as culturally and historically significant.
Ennio Morricone is one of the most prolific movie composers of all time. He has composed over 400 movie scores that, together with other 100 classical compositions, have brought him over 70 awards. His score to 1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is widely accepted as one of the most influential soundtracks of all time.
Also, his score for Tarantino’s movie The Hateful Eight has brought his first ever Academy Award and made Morricone the oldest person ever to receive one. He has influenced a lot of other composers and bands throughout the world, and the biggest names who claim to have been influenced by Morricone are Muse, Metallica, Radiohead, and Hans Zimmer.
Hans Florian Zimmer is a German composer and a record producer who has, since the 1980s, written music for more than 150 films, most notably the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Lion King, Gladiator, and so on. He is hailed as the first composer ever to incorporate electronic music into traditional orchestral arrangements, which has brought him 4 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. He has worked with the best movies and is currently the head of the film music division at DreamWorks.