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

on June 20, 2014, 11:15am
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Ennio Morricone vs. Howard Shore

Ennio-MorriconeEnnio Morricone’s strength is in his diversity. Three specific scores back up this claim: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The Untouchables, and The Mission. The score for GBU gallops at a reserved speed, just slow enough for Clint Eastwood’s Blondie to ride off into the sunset with some swagger. The main theme from The Untouchables and its opening credit score are as different as night and day; the former with sweeping strings and horns, the latter with its mysterious piano atop a rat-tat-tat drumbeat. Morricone’s so good that even the great John Carpenter let him score one of his films (The Thing). But at the end of the day, Morricone’s greatest achievement is the go-jus “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the so-so film The Mission. The show’s about to begin… –Justin Gerber

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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’s 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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