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posted on 08/10/2014

Our new collection of royalty free epic music captures the excitement and drama of Hollywood style soundtracks, but how did epic and cinematic movie scores come to be?

A film score is often an emotional rousing or dramatic and epic piece of music that accompanies particular moments of a movie/film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, alongside dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental or choral pieces called cues which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.

Scores are written by one or more composers, under the guidance of, or in collaboration with, the film's director and/or producer, and are usually performed by an ensemble of musicians – most often comprising an orchestra or band, instrumental soloists, and choir or vocalists – and recorded by a sound engineer.

Film scores encompass an enormous variety of styles of music, depending on the nature of the films they accompany but are commonly known for the epic, dramatic and cinematic feel that isn't heard outside of cinema.

Certain movie score composers have changed the industry and how music is portrayed. Some have created a piece of music or style so good, it becomes the benchmark for 'that sound' for years to come. Here's a list of 10 iconic Hollywood movie composers and the movies they've worked on:

Hans Zimmer

Notable movies: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, Lion King, Gladiator

Danny Elfman

Notable movies: Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Spider-man, Mission: Impossible, Men in Black

John Williams

Notable movies: Star Wars saga, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones saga

James Horner

Notable movies: Titanic, Star Trek, Avatar, Troy, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Braveheart

James Newton Howard

Notable movies: The Fugitive, The Village, King Kong, Michael Clayton, I am Legend, Defiance

Howard Shore

Notable movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, the Aviator

John Barry

Notable movies: James Bond, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves

Maurice Jarre

Notable movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Topaz, Dead Poets Society

Elmer Bernstein

Notable movies: The Great Escape, The Ten Commandments, Ghostbusters, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Magnificent Seven

Nino Rota

Notable movies: The Godfather, La Dolce Vita, La Strada

Of course, epic, dramatic and cinematic music isn't just confined to cinema. With emerging new technology able to capture footage almost anywhere, very easily with the likes of GoPro cameras, there's a growing need for music that will match what is being recorded and shown. Video producers are using royalty free epic music to capture the perfect soundtrack to accompany their exciting footage.

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