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Who’s the Greatest Film Composer of All Time? Round One

on June 13, 2014, 5:08pm
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James Newton Howard vs. Howard Shore

jamesnewtonhoward Whos the Greatest Film Composer of All Time? Round OneNext to John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and James Horner, James Newton Howard has long been Hollywood’s go-to guy. Case in point: At 63, he’s scored over 100 films, ranging from Oscar-nominated work on The Prince of Tides, The Fugitive, and The Dark Knight to embarrassing contributions for Space Jam, Junior, and RV. Don’t scoff, though. Three blemishes on a resume that could double as a wrinkled inventory list for a Blockbuster Video and includes eight (!) Academy Award nominations is hardly worth ignoring. ::huff, huff:: So, what makes him so popular? His fast turnaround; in 2005, he somehow managed to score Peter Jackson’s three-hour King Kong remake in under a month. Oh yeah, he’s also the guy who wrote ER’s theme song and all the music for The Greatest Sports Comedy of All Time, Major League. What a wild thing. –Michael Roffman

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The Hobbit scoring sessions - Howard Shore / Abbey Road 9&10 SepTry and find a song that’s as heartwarming as “Concerning Hobbits”. It’s a brief, satisfying glimpse into Howard Shore’s knack for masterfully setting a scene. Since his first movie score for 1979’s The Brood, the Canadian composer has worked on a number of prominent and successful films such as The Silence of the Lambs and a number of Scorsese best hits, including The Departed. He’s even dipped his feet into television soundtracks, working with John Lurie to create the theme song for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. However, few will ever forget his awe-inspiring work behind The Lord of the Rings, a trilogy that brought him Academy Awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes. –Edward Dunbar

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