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Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 13 Mar 1998 11:11:52 -0500
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Dr. Bingham says that James Horner is today's Dimitri Timokin...
On Fri, 13 Mar 1998, James Marsden wrote:
> > In addition to Danny Elfman's largely successful career as the lead singer
> > composer for the band originally titled The Magical Knights of Oingo Boingo
> > (later shortened to Oingo Boingo, and then briefly before they broke up,
> > Boingo), and in addition to his more popular film and television scoring
> > career (which includes Batman, Beetlejuice, Darkman, The Simpsons, Big Top
> > Wee, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Nightbreed, Tales From The Crypt, Scooged,
> > Edward Scissorhands, Dolores Claiborne, To Die For, Mission Possible,
> > Sommersby, Dead Presidents, Amazing Stories, and The Flash, <whew>, Elfman
> > composed and sung the lead role of Jack Skellington in Tim Burton's The
> > Nightmare Before Christmas (the spoken part of the role was performed by an
> > actor whose name escaped me).
> Truly a contemporary Renaissance dude!
> > I think that perhaps I might overuse run-on sentences.
> >
> > Rob
> A complex sentence, yes, but not technically a run-on ;-)Rob and Ed Owens and
> anyone else a fan of Danny Elfman, plus anyone interested in literate writing
> about film scoring, should check out the March 9 _New Yorker_, pp. 82-86.
> music critic, Alex Ross, discusses the state of Hollywood composing; after
> dismissing James Horner as "a kleptomaniac who recycles not only others' work
>  but
> also his own," he surveys the scene from Max Steiner to the present, devoting
> whole paragraph to Elfman ("an expert parodist....also capable of richer,
> sonorities") and singling out for special praise Howard Shore (who shares with
> Elfman a pop/rock music background), composer for _The Game_ and _Seven_.
> Jim Marsden/Bryant College
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