A good movie score is more than background music. It plays a part in the story that can not be acted out, or filled by clever cinematography. It amplifies everything the watcher feels. It makes you feel despaired and hopeful as Samwise cries “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you” near the top of Mount Doom. The Game of Thrones theme song makes you feel bold and every person, old enough to see a sex scene in the 90’s, knows “My Heart Will Go On”. A movie score makes more of an impact than you think on our emotions and those feelings will continue to linger long after the movie ends. So right now, we’re going to pay tribute to those genius composers and put a name to the songs that have made us cry, cheer and laugh through the years.
(The links connected to movie/show names will direct you to a sample of a song by the composer).
is best known for his score of the HBO series Game of Thrones but he’s been heard in many different movies and shows before the explosion of GOT. Djawdi created the theme song for Prison Break, scored Dracula Untold and most of the Iron Man soundtrack. Djawdi with a full orchestra and choir will be going on a Game of Thrones concert tour. Tickets are already on sale at Live Nation, the concert is said to not just be a musical experience but also a visual one. The tour will start in Kansas City on Feb. 15, 20107 (Time, 2016).
is the man behind Titanic, Avatar and Braveheart. Oddly enough, he is also the creator of the CBS News theme. He won an Oscar for the song “My Heart Will Go On”, which was immortalized by Celine Dion, a Grammy for the score of the movie Glory and has a plethora of Academy Award nominations. A few of his less known pieces include the movie Legend of the Falls, starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Tragically, James Horner died June 22, 2015 flying alone in the Los Padres National Forest, California.
Gift of a Thistle – James Horner
scored the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy to win 3 Academy Awards, 4 Grammys, 2 Golden Globes and various other honors for those scores. His contribution doesn’t began or end with Middle Earth though, he’s done the music for favorites such as Mrs. Doubtfire, The Departed, History of Violence and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On the lighter side Shore was a co-creator of Saturday Night Live and was the music director from 1975 to 1980.
comes from a family of composers and Thomas can be proud to sit at the family table with his accomplishments. To compliment his natural and familial talent Thomas Newman has a Masters in Music from Yale. It’s hard to say what Newman is most known for because he’s scored a lot of high profile movies: Skyfall, Spectre, Finding Nemo, Shawshank Redemption, He Named Me Malala. He has won Grammy’s for WALL-E, Skyfall and the Six Feet Under theme. The Dreamworks score of American Beauty won a Grammy in it’s category but Newman himself only received an Oscar nomination for it – shoots!
Source: iTunes artist biography
“That’s what I wanna do when I grow up. I wanna score movies. Bring people to tears, you know, blow their minds. I feel that only music can do that” – Jesse, Pitch Perfect