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• Posted by Yavar Moradi
• Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at 9:40 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: The real Zimmer... (C. Hook)

> That is a good point and I'm with you on that list, but only when Last
> Samurai is not on board. I actually think Zimmer has had more influence
> (that is, with a higher degree of success) in the modern
> "comedy" score, drawing from the early 90s style and
> perfectioning it to the point where you get stuff like Matchstick Men. I
> also believe that (again, with a higher success rate, as in "it works
> really well") the modern action score is more influenced by Danny
> Elfman than any other composer. The Carl Staling-like action music, short
> motifs, heavy rythm, and fairy-like chorus can be traced back to Elfman.

> I don't expect anyone to agree with me, though.

No, I agree he's been an influence. But you can trace stuff back much further. The short motifs (and lots of Elfman's style) are Herrmann. I think what you're referring to as "Carl Stalling-like" is maybe the Nino Rota stuff in his early comedy scores? The best Carl Stalling-esque modern writing I've heard is Bruce Broughton (and his team) for Tiny Toons. Carl would be proud. The fairy-like chorus as well as pretty music box themes for dark films I can trace all the way back to stuff like Gerald Fried's excellent The Cabinet of Caligari.


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