I know this has been mentioned before but I dont know where. I would really like to start sudying scores of film composers, especially John Williams, Danny Elfman, or James Newton Howard. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Unfortunately you'll find that most of these are not published in their original forms, although I vaguely remember there being some "official" John Williams study scores released a few years back.
That said, you could probably get pretty close by finding arrangements of these scores for 'pops' orchestra. JWPepper.com is a large online music store that has tons of orchestra and band scores, including arrangements of most major film scores. Of course these won't be the original orchestrations but very often they mimic them closely.
Score study is a great exercise, but so is deep listening -- everything you want to know is there in the recording for you to hear, and if you're familiar with the sounds of instruments, and their articulations and effects, then you can probably glean anything you want to know simply by listening closely. Pick apart a recording with your ears, and even try transcribing it. You'd be surprised how much you can learn from this. In the end, this is probably a much more intimate way of studying a piece, but it certainly requires more time, dedication, and effort.
I have been collecting movie sheet music for a long time. The abovementioned pages are great sources! If you life outside the US you have to consider pretty obscene import duties, though. Also customs officials tend to invite me for an official opening of the packages, where I am treated like a perverted criminal. Don't aks me why. I guess if I would order some pornographic materials or worse, I would be regarded as "normal".
Another point: I own dozens of film scores which I bought from that website. Only the scores by John Williams are very close to the original film arrangements. About 99% of the others have been simplified, rearranged for bizarre ensembles, etc. Also make sure to only buy the conductor's scores and NOT the score plus all parts. The latter can be extremely expensive.
The rearranged scores are usually very affordable, though. They cost around 10 US$.
hey eric, here is what i do. i like you LOVE to study movie scores, but you're right, they are very difficult to come across. one person i've been able to sudy more than others is john williams, and this is because there are people out there who put all his music to .midi. the site i use is http://musicby.jw-music.net/midi.php...e=film&lang=us
i just download the file then open it in any scorewriting program. the orchestrations are surpriningly close and are definitely good enough to give you a really clear picture of whats going on. you can also do this with other composers, just google their name and midi. anyway, i hope this helps and good luck.
thanks. i've listened to your stuff also. its really good. i like the battle piece - its very intense. what do you use for the voice part in crystals grace?
also, i'm surprised that you don't have thomas newman as one of your influences. hes very piano oriented with slight orchestral accompaniment. hes also extremely rhythm focused like in american beauty and pay it forward. anyway, great music. keep it up.