Category: The Art of the Score

Four of the Best Scores to Spielberg Movies (That Are Not Jaws, Jurassic Park, or Indiana Jones)

In talking about the success of Spielberg’s films, it’s impossible not to mention his career-long partnership with John Williams, who scored all but two of Spielberg’s movies to date. Their collaboration produced such memorable themes as Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park, which most of us can call to mind on command. However, there are other, equally memorable scores that, for whatever reason, haven’t made the same imprint on the collective unconscious. Perhaps it’s because the films were less successful than blockbusters like Indiana Jones, or less thrilling than Jurassic Park. It’s impossible to say, but lest you miss...

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The Art of the Score: Star Trek & Michael Giacchino

It was pouring rain, and we had lawn seats. I had neglected to bring a poncho, an umbrella, or even a towel, so my friend and I sat in the car for a moment before heading into the deluge. The box office was a quarter mile away. “Ready?” she asked. “Let’s do it, “ I said, and opened the door into the rain. Ten minutes later, we arrived dripping at the ticket window, soaked through, rain running in rivulets down our hair and into our eyes, shirts hanging heavy with water. “We’d like to upgrade to covered seats, please,”...

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Get Excited About The Force Awakens Score

38 years ago, Star Wars was released for the first time, and so began a long and enduring fandom that has stretched across decades. Through these 38 years, John Williams, who wrote the score for the first Star Wars film, has built upon his original themes and created an unprecedented musical legacy, consisting of a collection of film scoring for one single movie franchise, spanning a composer’s entire career. True Star Wars fans, eagerly awaiting the release of The Force Awakens this week, will tell you that their excitement for the music is second only to their excitement for the...

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The Art of the Score: Klaus Badelt

Do you remember when Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl came out? Before they sequeled the idea to death? Well, I remember it clearly — and I remember seeing it twice, each time having just plain fun at the theater, and leaving with the Black Pearl theme playing in my head (as well as the image of Orlando Bloom, but that’s another post entirely). As a senior in college, I heard the same motif playing on the “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed excursion I forced my family to take while on a cruise. A year later, at...

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Composer Spotlight: Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman is one of those people who, if I am foolish enough to begin comparing my creative career to his, makes me want to give up entirely because some people are just born with it (and I am not one of that class). A self-taught musician with no real formal training in composition, no music degree, no dues-paying stints as the conductor of a plucky but not very polished community orchestra, Danny Elfman is proof that some people just don’t need school. Some people can flout all expectations and find their own path to success. Raised in Los...

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