Happy Tuesday, folks. I don’t have much time to blog today but I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite composers, Hans Zimmer, who turned 54 yesterday.
Ever so prolific with over 140 works under his belt, including movies, TV and even video games, the German native is known for using tribal/ethnic sounding elements in his music like he did in Gladiator, Prince of Egypt, etc., as well as skillfully mixing synthesizer with actual music instruments.
Just some trivia of the renowned composer per IMDb:
Zimmer entered the world of film music in London during a long collaboration with famed composer and mentor Stanley Myers, which included the film My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). He soon began work on several successful solo projects, including the critically acclaimed A World Apart, and during these years Zimmer pioneered the use of combining old and new musical technologies.
A turning point in Zimmer’s career came in 1988 when he was asked to score Rain Man for director Barry Levinson. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year and earned Zimmer his first Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score.
I’ve been a fan of Zimmer’s work for some time. Here’s five of my favorite scores from him, with number one being my ultimate favorite:
4. Regarding Henry
3. The Last Samurai
2. Batman Begins
Honorable Mentions: The Dark Knight, The Lion King, The Holiday
So happy belated birthday, Mr Zimmer! Now tell me, what’s your top five favorite music from the composer?