When I see a movie I come away with the story line and the dialogue stuck in my head. I am word focused. My son, on the other hand, comes away with the background music stuck in his head. It is because of him that I have developed an appreciation for music written for film, TV and other media.
As an autumnal musical treat, perhaps small consolation for the falling leaves and shorter days, I’ve pulled together some music by these modern media composers.
Hugo Mario Montenegro’s best known work is from Spaghetti Westerns. He composed the score for Charro! – and yes that’s Elvis singing.
Leroy Shield wrote the theme song for The Little Rascals.
Steve Jablonsky has composed for film, TV and video games.
Michael Giacchino has composed scores for film, TV and video games.
Howard Leslie Shore is a Canadian composer who composed film scores, notably for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Ennio Morricone is one of the most influential film composers of all time. He’s composed over 500 scores for film and TV.
Thomas Newman has scored a lot of Oscar nominated films. The Green Mile is one of them.
Sir Malcolm Arnold produced scores for about 80 films going way back.
Manos Hatzidakis received an Oscar for Best Original Song for Never on Sunday.
Neal Hefti composed the themes for TV and film, most famously for Batman.
Dustin J. O’Halloran composes scores for film and TV.
Hoyt Curtin was primary musical director for Hanna-Barbera and wrote the theme for The Flintstones.
Éric Serra is a French musician and composer. He has worked on films by Luc Besson.
Norrie Paramor was a composer of studio albums, theatrical productions and film scores.
Raymond Scott never actually wrote for cartoons but his music is familiar because it was adapted for Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
Herbert P. Stothart was nominated for twelve Oscars, and won Best Original Score for The Wizard of Oz.
Hans Zimmer composed music for over 150 films, including The Lion King.
Milt Franklyn was a musical composer and arranger with Warner Bros. and Looney Tunes.
Michael Hennagin wrote television soundtracks.
John Powell is particularly known for scores for animated films.
James Bernard scored many classic horror films.
John Harle wrote the score for Prick Up Your Ears with co-writer Stanley Myers.
Richard Harvey is known for film and television soundtracks.
Mike Post is best known for TV theme songs like The Rockford Files.
Marco Edward Beltrami is known for his work scoring horror films like Hellboy.