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Soundtracks, Hidden Gems

Discussion in 'Score Study Resources' started by Matthias Calis, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. #1 Matthias Calis, Jan 20, 2018
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
    I'd thought I'd start a collection of sorts for hidden gems (inspired by Mike Worth's last farkle friday where he showed Dark Crsytal). If you have anything to add, just make a comment and I'll (eventually) add it to the list.

    So, without further ado:

      • Composer: Pierre Esteve, Stephane Picq
      • Link: Youtube
    • LUTHER (2003) [FILM]
      • Composer: Richard Harvey
      • Link: Youtube, Amazon
      • Motivation: Some of the choral cues in this film are just heart-wrenchingly gorgeous and I'm also particularly fond of an action cue featuring some serious timpani work (boar chase in the film).
    • DARK CRYSTAL (1982) [FILM]
    • TROY (Rejected Score) [FILM]
      • Composer: Gabriel Yared
      • Link: Youtube
    • HENRY V (1989) [FILM]
      • Composer: Patrick Doyle
      • Link: Youtube
    • HIGHLANDER (1986) [FILM]
      • Composer: Michael Kamen
      • Link: Youtube
    • MIO MIN MIO (1987) [FILM]
      • Composer: Benny Anderson, Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus (ABBA) and Anders Eljas.
      • Link: Youtube
      • Motivation: perhaps not the most varied in themes, but the main theme is simple yet effective and is, in my mind, one of those themes that you can whistle while doing the dishes.
      • Composer: Nino Rota
      • Link: Youtube
    • 8 1/2
      • Composer: Nino Rota
      • Link: Youtube
      • Composer: Henry Mancini
      • Link: Youtube
    • CAPRICONE ONE (1977) [FILM]
      • Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
      • Link: Youtube
      • Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
      • Link: Youtube
    • KNOWING (2009) [FILM]
      • Composer: Marco Beltrami
      • Link: Youtube
    • OWLBOY (2016) [GAME]
      • Link: Youtube
  2. The Yared rejected score is tremendous!

    Can we suggest scores that were really known back in the days but are scarcely discussed nowadays, like the Nina Rota/Federico Fellini scores?
  3. Sure, I'm fine with that! :)
  4. Cool!

    I'd suggest Amarcord and 8 1/2 from Nino Rota.

    Breakfast at Tiffany's from Mancini is also a favourite of mine.

    Don't know why, but when I go back to the scores from the 50s to 70s era, there is a jaw-dropping amount of gems, and a very intimate intertwining between music and pictures.
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  5. Hi, all! Hah, Matthias, thank you for the kind words, glad you liked the topic of FF. I haven't heard some of these hidden gems that you've posted, I'm looking forward to checking them out!

    Raphael, I'm with you, there are some amazing lean, tightly composed scores from the 60's and 70's that are just excellent to listen to. Personally, I think my favorite part of Jerry Goldsmith's career was in the 70's. Here are two hidden gems from Jerry from the 70's, full of cool linear motion, interesting brass stacks, and that Stravinsky'esque rhythmic stuff he was so good at:

    Capricorn One:

    Damnation Alley:

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  6. I added the Star Wars The Old Republic score which, to my mind, is a fantastic score very much in the spirit of the original star wars soundtracks. I've added some other tracks in-between as well, but this one stood out to me so much that I felt it was worth a little bump. This track is my absolute favorite (I am a sucker for that old, close brass sound):


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