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Danny Elfman

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Audrey Rake

on 18 May 2013

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Movies! Corpse Bride Nightmare Before Christmas The classic & iconic Tim Burton film is also a classic for Elfman, who composed for the film in 1993.
Not only composed the music for the movie. Also voiced the singing of Jack Skellington (main character of the movie.)
Music: main 4 brass instruments (trumpets, trombones, French horns, tubas) percussion (cymbals, drums), & strings (mostly violins). Even accordion is used. While lyrics are dark, score brings light & fun sound that makes film entertaining & different. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp
Elfman gives movie whimsical, romantic, & eerie feel using music.
Music is key factor & major part of this film. A lot of piano is used. Makes it simple to follow & gives listener something more familiar to hold onto.
Major contrast in the 2 worlds of movie.
One song especially stands out - also happens to be the theme used in many of the film's following songs. This song is entitled "Victor's Piano Solo." There are a lot of them... In Chronological Order 1982: Forbidden Zone
1985: Pee Wee's Big Adventure
1988: Beetlejuice - uses almost all brass and percussion, with some very high-pitched violin. You can even hear some tambourine!
1989: Batman
1990: Edward Scissorhands
1993: Nightmare Before Christmas
1997: Good Will Hunting and Men in Black
2000: Sleepy Hollow
2001: Spy Kids (co-wrote)
2002: Spiderman
2003: Big Fish and Hulk (co-wrote)
2004: Spiderman 2 Danny Elfman Earlier Years Oingo Boingo Thank You! Awards To Tim Burton Instrumentation and Style Born in Amarillo, Texas, on May 29, 1953. Son of schoolteacher and novelist Blossom Elfman.

Full name: Daniel Robert Elfman.

Grew up in Los Angeles, California

Attended University High School in L.A.

1971: moved to France at age 18 w/ brother Richard.

Moved to Africa until he began to suffer from malaria. Returned to the US.

Did not have genuine formal training in music Founded "The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo" w/brother. Elfman played large variety of instruments, including the trombone, violin, guitar, and percussion.
"A little bit of everything"- Danny Elfman
One of Oingo Boingo's most popular songs was "Dead Man's Party" in the 80s

Met Tim Burton for first time in 1985.
First movie collaborated on together was Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
"He totally understands the tone I like, which is usually an even mix of funny, tragic, overly dramatic, all at the same time. He understands that it doesn't matter if it's a comedy, a horror movie, whatever. He understands the complexities of things.” -Tim Burton on Danny Elfman

Later on collaborated more frequently on movies like Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks, Edward Scissorhands, & many more large amount of brass (trumpets, trombones, & French Horns). Keeps steady beat w/ lower-pitched percussion
In a few select songs tambourine is used. Strings often used for slower songs, especially cellos & violins. Piano heard in whimsical songs or dark background music for added suspense.

Lighter music: high woodwinds, flutes & oboes.
Saxophone is used in most jazz/ jazz-themed songs.
Example: movie Corpse Bride in “Remains of the Day.”
Ostinato: key factor in many movie themes, especially because of large amount of repetition & must have constant sound to keep theme going. Great example in Beetlejuice theme; also incorporates large array of percussion & brass instruments. In 1989 he won his first (and only) Grammy award but has been nominated for about 10 others.

Nominated for 2 BAFTA awards for films Chicago and Alice and Wonderland

Nominated for an Oscar three times

Won 5 Saturn Awards and 17 BMI awards

1998 nominated for two Academy Awards for the scores of Men in Black and Good Will Hunting, the latter of which he was nominated for an Oscar.

2004 Oscar nominee for the score of the film Big Fish. * * 2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.
2007: Meet the Robinsons
2010: Alice in Wonderland
2012: Frankenweenie
2012: Silver Linings Playbook
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