So far 2012 already has its fair share of keepers. From the sublime, almost angry, strings of Rachel Portman and Jonny Greenwood on Bel Ami and The Master respectively, to the rapturously inspiring Arcade Fire-esque jangliness of Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer's work on Beasts of the Southern Wild, to the abrasive romanticism of Max Richter's music to Lore (my personal favourite of the year), and the cutesy marching percussions of Alexandre Desplat's work on Moonrise Kingdom, there's been enough to cherish. And, hey, I haven't even mentioned Brave, The Raid, The Innkeepers, John Carter, Frankenweenie and so on.
"Theme from Bel Ami" (Rachel Portman, Bel Ami) | "The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe Suite, Parts 1-7" (Alexandre Desplat, Moonrise Kingdom
Not brought on by nothing, I was thinking about film scores as I read this Variety piece on what composers have deemed the greatest music scores of all time. While the article doesn't seem to mention any voters on the calibre of those on the list (a lot of TV composers, and names like Rolfe Kent and Cliff Eidelman, although Cliff Martinez and Carter Burwell are good for quotes), it's still a worthwhile look. That Ennio Morricone topped the list isn't particularly surprising given the reverence with which he has commanded amongst cinephiles and filmmakers alike, I was a bit disappointed that his work on Days of Heaven wasn't mentioned as a high vote getter. I'd be interested to see the entire list, although perhaps 22 citations for John Williams is excessive so perhaps the voters weren't stretching particularly far into the recesses of their minds for these.
"Harvest" (Ennio Morricone, Days of Heaven) | "She's Leaving the Bank" (Ry Cooder, Paris, Texas)
"Prologue" (Alexandre Desplat, Birth) | "Flowers of Firenze" (Wojciech Kilar, The Portrait of a Lady)
"Psycho Suite" (Psycho, Bernard Herrmann) | "Main Titles" (Taxi Driver, Bernard Herrmann)
"Body Double" (Pino Donaggio, Body Double) | "The Voice of Love" (Angelo Badalamenti, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me)
"Less Than Zero Suite" (Thomas Newman, Less Than Zero) | "Love Theme" (Vangelis, Blade Runner)
"Halloween Theme" (John Carpenter, Halloween
Do you dear readers have any listening suggestions?