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Movie Music UK presents the Greatest Scores of the Twentieth Century

October 12, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

top100A new series by Craig Lysy

As part of Movie Music UK’s tradition of innovation, I have decided launch a new series charting the Greatest Scores of the Twentieth Century. I had always wanted to undertake this daunting challenge, and after 35 years of procrastination, finally summoned up the resolve and courage necessary to bring it to fruition. So, every Monday, over the course of the next several years, I will list my choices for the Greatest Scores of the Twentieth Century, initially in reverse chronological order, but thereafter with a little more leeway in terms of timing.

In regards to rankings, I was not successful after numerous attempts to listen them in order of merit. Ranking these scores would seem to be an exercise in futility, so instead, I have chosen with this series to take you on a journey through time, beginning with the score, which launched film score art – King Kong, by Max Steiner. I will relate to you why I believe each score merits inclusion, and my hope is to provide an insightful and enjoyable journey.

I believe simplicity of criteria was needed to be successful. Firstly, the score must have achieved a masterful synergy with the story’s imagery, characters, setting and narrative, which served to elevate the film. Secondly, the score must have provided an exceptional and memorable listening experience within both film context and as a CD/MP3. Finally, the score must have made an indelible and lasting impression due to its creativity, innovation, sophistication, or thematic beauty.

I freely admit that this is but one man’s opinion, that I like everyone has certain biases, and that these manifest in my choices. But we must be authentic, and true to ourselves. So I offer my voice to the chorus of voices that have preceded me, and hope to achieve some degree of consonance.

All the best!

  1. October 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I seem to remember you trying this before…good luck!

  2. October 13, 2015 at 5:35 am

    This awesome! I’m very excited to see you tackle this challenge.

  3. October 17, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Looking forward to see some of my heroes (Horner, Bernstein, Barry, Goldsmith, Morricone, and, of course, Williams) on this list.

  4. October 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Bernard Herrmann: Psycho, Vertigo, Obsession, North by Northwest, Taxi Driver, Ghost and Mrs Muir…Ok 94 to go, you’re welcome! 😉

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