About a week ago I got an application that would allow me to get my DVDs onto my laptop. It's a slow and tedious process, but it's nice to be able to download a movie I already own onto my iPod Touch, etc.
I've had "300" playing in the background here at my desk for an hour or so, and when I'm not watching, I'm listening. This serves to bring the movie music to the attention. At least for me anyway.
Which got me to thinking... a century or two ago, what we call Classical Music was what they called Popular Music. And we still listen to that music today. Composers names are known across those many years. Certainly there are those who have been forgotten as well.
But here's the thing.... 2 centuries from now, what are they going to call our music? And who are the composers whose names will be engraved on busts? Who is writing that music now?
I think there are several answers to this question, but in this context, in the "Classical Music" context, I think there will be several names of those who composed movie music.
Who are YOUR favorites? Do you even think about it? How often are you watching a movie, and you say under your breath, wow, nice music.... Or does it even enter your mind. It is said that film music SHOULDN'T enter your mind, but for me it does. But it doesn't distract me either.
One of my favorites is Danny Elfman. Another is the ubiquitous John Williams, a giant in this genre. Also on my list are Hans Zimmer and John Barry.