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The Soundtrack That Inspired Me
Zimmer, Elfman and Mansell pick the scores that inspired them

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The Soundtrack That Inspired Me | Danny Elfman on Bernard Herrmann’s The Day The Earth Stood Still
Danny Elfman on Bernard Herrmann’s The Day The Earth Stood Still

"This was the first film score I ever really noticed, aged about 10. It made me aware that a person actually wrote these things – that they didn't come from clouds or from space! After this I noticed Herrmann’s name on all of my favourite films, from Jason And The Argonauts, The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad and other fantasy films he did. Every time I saw his name on a movie, I paid attention. Then I rediscovered him in my teens through my newly-found infatuation with Alfred Hitchcock. I still think that North By Northwest, Vertigo and of course Psycho are three of the best film scores ever written. I was always a big film music fan – I’d pride myself on being able to recognise Max Steiner and Jerry Goldsmith’s scores and I loved Nino Rota’s Fellini scores – but Herrmann was my great inspiration."

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