Before They Were Famous

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This week on The Score, with Edmund Stone, before there was Star Wars, there was The Rare Breed. We’ll explore the film music made by John Williams and other big names composers, long before they were famous.

Music highlighted in this episode

Overture from The Blue Max

Jerry Goldsmithc

Philharmonia Orchestra

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1183

1966

Symphonic Suite from On The Waterfront

Leonard Bernstein

New York Philharmonic

Sony Classical 60991

1954

The Harry Lyme Theme from The Third Man

Anton Karas

no orchestra featured

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1235

1949

Main Title from Invasion of the Bodysnatchers

Denny Zeitlin

original soundtrack recording

Perseverance 003

1978

Main Title from Superman

John Williams

London Symphony Orchestra

Sony Classical S2K 51333

1978

Cross Breed/End Credits from The Rare Breed

John Williams

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1098

1966

End Title from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Hans Zimmer

original soundtrack recording

Walt Disney Records D000651192

2011

Suite from The Fruit Machine

Hans Zimmer

original soundtrack recording

Milan 36153

1988

John Dunbar Theme from Dances with Wolves

John Barry

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1128

1990

Theme from Zulu

John Barry

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Epix 66401

1963

Theme from The Magnificent Seven

Elmer Bernstein

Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra

Denon 75288

1960

Prelude and Out to Sea from The Buccaneer

Elmer Bernstein

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Telarc 80862

1958

Song of the Jungle from The Jungle Book

Miklos Rozsa

National Philharmonic Orchestra

RCA 81269

1942

Mermaids from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Hans Zimmer

original soundtrack recording

Walt Disney Records D000651192

2011

Overture from Captain Blood

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

National Philharmonic Orchestra

RCA 60863

1935

Theseus, Hymn and Finale from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

German Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin

CPO 999 449

1935

Theme from Batman

Danny Elfman

original soundtrack recording

MCA 10065

1989

Love Theme from Forbidden Zone

Danny Elfman

original soundtrack recording

MCA 10065

1980

Drive-In from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Danny Elfman

National Philharmonic Orchestra

MCA 10065

1985

Main Title from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Jerry Goldsmith

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1183

1979

Final Victory from In Harm's Way

Jerry Goldsmith

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1183

1965

Theme from The Pink Panther

Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini and His Orchestra

Sony Classical 77086

1965

The Monster Gets Mark from The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Henry Mancini

The Mancini Pops Orchestra

RCA 60577

1954

Prelude from Ben-Hur

Miklos Rozsa

The Hamburg Concert Orchestra

Varese Sarabande 47268

1959

The Love of the Princess from The Thief of Bagdad

Miklos Rozsa

National Philharmonic Orchestra

RCA 81269

1940

Love Theme from The Mummy

Jerry Goldsmith

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Silva Screen Records SILCD 1183

1999

4 Responses to “Before They Were Famous”

  1. Joanna

    I have long loved Hans Zimmer’s soundtracks, but I thought it was unfair to attribute Pirates of the Caribbean entirely to him, especially on an episode about composers before they became famous. Klaus Badelt wrote the score for the first movie and deserves the credit for creating the breathtaking themes that made the movie (and then the enterprise) such a success. I was disappointed that you skipped the opportunity to highlight Klaus Badelt’s music and accomplishments as well. It is a travesty that Hans Zimmer gets all the credit.

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    • Brian

      Well,to be fair, it’s kind of a travesty that Zimmer doesn’t and could not get full credit for the first “Pirates” for legal reasons. Zimmer was called in by producer Jerry Bruckheimer at the last minute to replace the score initially composed by Alan Silvestri. It has been documented and discussed elsewhere, even by Zimmer himself, that contractually, due to his commitment to another project, he could not get credited for the score. However, he did compose all the main themes, then Badelt and several other composers on Zimmer’s team came in to use that thematic material in the score itself, but it all sprung from Zimmer at the outset.

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  2. Hedyeh A

    I absolutely love your program and have been listening to it online for years. As a result I have been introduced to wonderful movie music by composers such as Joe Hisaishi, Ennio Morricone, etc. Keep up the great work, Edmund!

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  3. Barbara Haskins

    I love your program as well and look forward to it on Saturday mornings. If I miss an episode, I’ll listen to it via your website. Keep em’ comin’ !!

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