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Soundtrack composers

sound track is an audio recording created or used in film production or post-production.

Initially the dialogue, sound effects, and music in a film each has its own separate track.

dubbing track is often later created when films are dubbed into another language.

Soundtrack may also refer to music used in video games.

Today soundtracks are used in TV, internet, films, games and even on phones.

Max Steiner

  • He was born on May 10, 1888.

  • He was an Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films.

  • He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve

  • He moved to Hollywood, where he became one of the first composers to write music scores for films.

  • He was referred to as "the father of film music".

  • Some of his compositions were:

  • He died on December 28, 1971


King Kong (1933)


Psycho (1960)

Bernard Herrmann

  • He was born on June 29, 1911.

  • He was an American composer best known for his work in composing for motion pictures.

  • Herrmann is particularly known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, most famously Psycho.

  • He also composed scores for many other movies, including

  • He worked extensively in radio drama (composing for Orson Welles).

  • He died on December 24, 1975

Ennio Morricone

  • He was born on 10th November 1928 and died on 6th July 2020.

  • He was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player.

  • He composed a wide range of music styles, making him one of the most versatile composers of all time.

  • He had composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works.

  • Some of his film music include:

    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    • Once Upon a Time in the West

    • Cinema Paradiso

    • The Mission

    • The Untouchables

  • After playing the trumpet in jazz bands in the 1940s, he became a studio arranger for RCA Victor and in 1955 started ghost writing for film and theatre.


The Good, the Ugly and the Bad (1966)

John Williams


Star Wars (1977)

  • He was born on February 8, 1932.

  • He is an American composer, conductor, and pianist.

  • He has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores.

  • Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but three of his feature films.

  • Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. 

  •    Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.

  • Some of his works are:

Danny Elfman

  • He was born on May 29, 1953

  • He is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer.

  • He is well known for scoring films and television shows, in particular his frequent collaborations with director Tim Burton.

  • In 1980, he scored his first film, Forbidden Zone, directed by his older brother Richard Elfman.

  • Among his honors are four Oscar nominations, a Grammy for Batman, an Emmy for Desperate Housewives, six Saturn Awards for Best Music, the 2002 Richard Kirk Award, and the Disney Legend Award.

  • Some of his works are:

    • The Simpsons Theme

    • The Night before Christmas.

    • Edward Scissorshands

    • The Avengers, Age of Ultron


The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Hans Zimmer

The Lion King (1995)

  • He was born on 12 September 1957

  • He is a German film score composer and record producer.

  • Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films.

  • He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios.

  • Zimmer's works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements.

  • He has received four Grammy Awards, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.

  • His works include

    • The Lion King

    • the Pirates of the Caribbean series

    • The Thin Red Line

    • Gladiator

    • The Last Samurai

    • The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Joe Hisaishi


My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

  • He was born on 6 December 1951

  • He is a Japanese film score composer, pianist  and violinist.

  • Since the 1980s, he began compose music for anime movie, specially for Ghibli Studio.

  • He has a very personal taste for music, and works along different styles.

  • He is also a writer

  • He has won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music seven times.

  • His works include

    • My neighbor Totoro

    • Kiki's delivery Service

    • The Princess Mononoke

    • Spirited away

    • Howl's moving castle

    • Ni no kuni

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