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Composers You Should Know: Film

Notable Film Music Composers

If you wish to be generally familiar with film music, here is a short list of composers you should know.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Music Online (Alexander Street Press) & Naxos

Media

Bernstein, Elmer

Books

1922 2004 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Elfman, Danny

Books

1953   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Goldsmith, Jerry

Books

1929 2004 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Herrmann, Bernard

Books

1911 1975 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Horner, James

1953   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Howard, James Newton

1951   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 
DVDs

Ifukube, Akira

1914

2006

Japanese

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
 

Jarre, Maurice

1924 2009 French

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
 
DVDs

Mancini, Henry

Books/Music

1924 1994 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
CDs/
DVDs

Morricone, Ennio

Books

1928   Italian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Newman, Thomas

Books

1955   American Naxos  
DVDs

Poledouris, Basil

1945 2006 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Rota, Nino

Books

1911 1979 Italian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
 
DVDs

Rózsa, Miklós

Books

1907 1995 Hungarian-American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
CDs/
DVDs

Schifrin, Lalo

Books

1932   Argentine

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Shore, Howard

Books

1946   Canadian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Silvestri, Alan

Books

1950

 

American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Steiner, Max

Books

1888 1971 Austrian-American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Tiomkin, Dimitri

Books

1894 1979 Russian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 
DVDs

 

Vangelis

 

1943   Greek

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
DVDs

Waxman, Franz

Books

1906 1967 German-American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
CDs/
DVDs

Williams, John

Books

1932   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
CDs/
DVDs

Zimmer, Hans

Books

1957   German

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos
 
DVDs

Film Music Composers

If you are a student of Music History, Composition, or Film Music, here are additional film music composers you should know.

Name

Birth

Death

Nationality

Music Online (Alexander Street Press) & Naxos

Media

Barry, John

1933 2011 English

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/

DVDs

Broughton, Bruce

Books

1945   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Burwell, Carter

1955   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 
DVDs

Conti, Bill

1942   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Desplat, Alexandre

1961   French

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Doyle, Patrick

1953   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Friedhofer, Hugo

Books

1901 1981 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Giacchino, Michael

1967   American

Music Onine (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Goodwin, Ron

1925 2003 British

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Gregson-Williams, Harry

1961   British

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Hamlisch, Marvin

1944   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/

DVDS

Hisaishi, Joe

1950   Japanese

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 
DVDs

Kaczmarek, Jan A.P.

1953   Polish

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

 

Kamen, Michael

1948 2003 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Books/Music

1897 1957 Czech-American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CDs/

DVDs

Morris, John

1926   American

Music Online (ASP)

DVDs

Newman, Alfred

1901 1970 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Newman, Randy

1943   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

North, Alex

Books

1910 1991 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Powell, John

1963   British

Naxos

DVDs

Reznor, Trent

1965   American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Rosenman, Leonard

1924 2008 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Shankar, Ravi

Book

1920 2012 Indian

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

CD

Stothart, Herbert

1885 1949 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs

Young, Victor

1899 1956 American

Music Online (ASP)

Naxos

DVDs
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