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Chi è Danny Elfman?

L'autore del ormai famoso tema de I Simpson è Daniel Robert Elfman, in arte Danny Elfman compositore americano nato il 29 Maggio 1953. Sin da giovane, componendo dei brani con il suo gruppo, si è fatto spazio nel mondo del cinema, componendo per alcuni registi le colonne sonore. Le sue prime canzoni fecero parte della colonna del film Forbidden Zone, e divenne famoso anche per le colonne scritte per i film di Tim Burton, come: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), Edward mani di forbice (1990), Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Il mistero di Sleepy Hollow (1999), Big Fish - Le storie di una vita incredibile (2003), La fabbrica di cioccolato (2005) e La sposa cadavere (2005).

Ha scritto: musiche anche per molti altri film famosi: i due Batman, i due Spiderman, Mars Attack!, i due Man in Black e Hulk e i temi per i telefilm e film come: Desperate Housewives, Buffy l'Ammazza Vampiri, Il cavaliere del male, Will Hunting - Genio ribelle, Scream 2, Chicago.

Ha scritto temi anche per cartoni animati, tra i quali il famoso tema de I Simpson, composto nel 1989.

New: il compositore Danny Elfman è l'autore della futura colonna sonora del Film "The Simpsons Movie" che uscirà il 27 Luglio 2007

Colonne sonore di Danny Elfman:

  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 1, 2 (i.e. Big Top Pee Wee) - the latter clearly influenced by Nino Rota's music for a number of Fellini films with a circus theme
  • Beetlejuice - as quirky as the title character
  • Extreme Measures
  • Batman 1, 2 (Batman Returns) - vintage Elfman
  • Edward Scissorhands - wonderful fantasy painting by music
  • Dick Tracy
  • Darkman - dark indeed
  • Nightbreed
  • Midnight Run - infectiously likeable lead guitar music for this action comedy, wandering across blues and country states as bounty hunter Robert de Niro takes his man in
  • Wisdom
  • Hot to Trot
  • Face like a Frog (animated)
  • Forbidden Zone - influenced by Erik Satie
  • Evil Dead 3 (theme) - Elfman's contribution to this series otherwise scored by Joe LoDuca
  • Weird Science (song)
  • Something Wild (song)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (song)
  • Scrooged
  • Ghostbusters 2
  • Article 99
  • Sommersby
  • Black Beauty (1994 film version)
  • The Nightmare before Christmas - unmissable with Elfman acting as associate producer and providing the lead voice of Jack Skellington
  • Mission Impossible - incidental music excluding main theme based on the Lalo Schifrin original and pop music
  • Men In Black
  • Mars Attacks! - wickedly wonder pastiche of B-movie electronics, influenced by Herrmann's The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Good Will Hunting - excellently understated but with haunted overtones, though the soundtrack album pays more attention to the songs by Elliott Smith and others
  • The Flash
  • A Civil Action
  • Dolores Claiborne - engaging drama dominated by strings, plucked at times, and piano
  • To Die For - the Elfman style is perfect for this movie, with the music commenting upon many video documentary sequences
  • Dead Presidents
  • A Simple Plan - generally quiet atmosphere and unthematic, though rising in importance at the key narrative moments, serving the film well
  • Extreme Measures - medical thriller
  • Heartbreakers (theme) - main score by John Debney
  • Planet of the Apes (2001) - more percussive and less melodic than other Elfman soundtracks giving an earthy militaristic tone
  • Red Dragon - latest Hannibal Lecter movie, the soundtrack including some music by Mendelssohn
  • Spiderman (1 and 2) - the soundtrack CD concentrates on song tie-ins, though the film itself has much more Elfman music
  • Chicago - Elfman provides the original score music for the film version of this musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, one track "After Midnight" is a sleazy jazz number and "Roxie's Suite" is in an upbeat tempo
  • Hulk - yet another superhero from Danny Elfman, with much more of his music on the soundtrack CD on this occasion
  • Big Fish - Elfman and Burton return to familiar fantasy territory
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - as with "The Nightmare before Christmas" Elfman again lends his vocal talents to the songs
  • Corpse Bride - with more songs and even closer to concept of "The Nightmare before Christmas" with cute but gothic characters rendered in stop motion

Sigle TV di Danny Elfman:

  • Back to School - infectious little theme
  • The Simpsons - instantly recognisable, this was voted the favourite TV theme in the UK's National Music Awards 2002 (Alf Clausen is the resident composer for the series' songs and frequently spoof incidentals)
  • Alfred Hitchcock presents: The Jar (1 episode)
  • Tales from the Crypt - more darkness
  • Amazing Stories (2 episodes of this including "Family Dog")
  • Desperate Housewives
A cura di Paolo (Zyw)