Hi Everyone - brand new user - I will be posting plenty of questions in the near future, no doubt, but for now the film score thread caught my eye:
Maybe what follows is common knowledge but, if it isn't, it might throw some fresh light on some of the choices on that thread...
Ghostwriters: When film composers become very famous (sort of John Williams famous), it is quite common for them to pass hefty chunks of the composition of new film scores onto other people who are known as ghostwriters. These people are not acknowledged on the credits of the film but they are paid extremely well. For example, the English composer Edward Gregson composed notable chunks of Superman IV, including the climax of the film... John Williams gets the credit.
Don't get me wrong, John Williams is quite possibly the greatest western film composer of them all (although Prokofiev was so great that it hardly seems fair), but his own level input into his more recent film credits is certainly questionable. For all of you who picked Harry Potter - yes he wrote the tune, but as far as I am aware he didn't orchestrate it, and most of the filler music was written by other people. It seems sad that it is very difficult to find out exactly who did write this music - since it would be nice to give them the plaudits they deserve. I only know this because I studied with Gregson a little at college.
So, my question is this; does anybody else have examples of ghost writing? Is it as common as I have been led to believe that it is and, if it is, is there anything wrong with it?
Cheers guys - Alastair