“Lone Ranger Finale” – A Hans Zimmer/Rossini Mash-Up Score

All film score composers are inspired by classical artists. Especially for the traditionally orchestral film composers, of course it’s going to sound classical, they use the orchestra after all. For example, John Williams’s style is more classical than contemporary and a lot of his scores are in the classical style; he even writes sonatas and symphonies! But other times it’s so obvious you can even hear a distinct tune that you know came from a classical piece. This is what Hans Zimmer does. Not only does he take just mere elements from classical music, but the tune, the song itself, and makes it his style. One of the songs he does this with is “To the Opera” from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to accompany an action scene involving an opera and the score fits in perfectly with the movie. You can read about that in the post “To the Opera!” – A Hans Zimmer/Mozart Mash-up Score. Another example I’m focusing on in this post is “Lone Ranger Finale” or “The Lone Ranger Theme.”

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John Williams’s Score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Never have I been more excited to see a movie in a theater.

December 18th is coming up, and what with all the Star Wars marathons and environment everywhere you go, it’s nearly impossible for someone not to know about the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Well, somehow I managed not to write a post specifically on Star Wars during the last few months. Sometimes I just don’t understand myself.

So, without further ado, since this is the last Tuesday before the Big Day, I will wait no longer and share some Star Wars excitement here and talk a bit about what we know about John Williams and his score for the movie.Read More »

Film Score Origins: The Creation of the Marvel Studios Fanfare

What a creative way to begin the Ant-man movie, yes? People sat back in the seats, eyes wide open in the dark, heart pounding, waiting to hear Brian Tyler’s glorious and triumphant Marvel Fanfare and … hey, I don’t speak Spanish. (But I thought it was great.)

Today I’ll share with you information on the origins of the old Marvel fanfare and the inception of the new one, how it was made, why it was made, when it was made, and who composed it. This is not a post on film score news since the new theme came with Thor: Dark World in 2013, but I thought hey, why not do a little post on it anyways? And why didn’t Ant-man keep the theme in? Well, for creativity’s sake.Read More »

Music Inspiration for Writing Epic Scenes: Film Scores and Other Orchestral Artists

The film score is a very important part of movies today. This is partly because of their ability to convey certain emotions in different scenes. If it’s an action scene, you’re going to hear a lot of suspenseful, high strung music. If it’s a romance scene, the music is going to be sweet and most likely relaxing. Music alone can make you want to cry, laugh, dance, wonder, be horrified, sit on the edge of our seats, or (like me) wave your arms around and call it “conducting.” With no music, particular movie scenes would come across as less meaningful; something is missing.

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Michael’s Movie Mentions: A John Williams and Hans Zimmer Comparison

Quick, try to think, out of all the film composers who exist in the whole world today, which one is the ‘best’, and most well-known. Probably eight out of ten of most people would think: Hans Zimmer. If you did, it was a good guess. If the names of all the film composers who still compose today were to be assembled, two impressive figures would stand out as most prominent: John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Really, it is hard to select only one of the two when it comes to the matter of who is the ‘best’ or ‘most well-known’. John Williams and Hans Zimmer are very different; they are famous for different reasons, and also prominent for different reasons. A comparison is certainly needed here…and though an argument could be made for ‘John Williams over Hans Zimmer’ on a list from greatest to least, all I will do here is compare the two:

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