Movie Scores And Classical MusicI love listening to Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and most other Russian composers during the classical and romantic era, as well as Beethoven and other composers, but I'm not sure whether I'm a true classical fan, because the songs I like almost all have fantastic melodies. I don't appreciate atonal music, or really any classical music that doesn't have a strong melody line, and I think that makes me something of a lay listener. :( Anyway, for that reason I really like movie score music, which I realize isn't classical either. Especially the music of John Williams--I was saying "John Williams is the man" long before that youtube video came out! Critics sometimes accuse him of not having a distinctive style, such as that of Randy Newman, but he does have a style: awesome. Literally, his style is "awesome." Every score he does is fresh, has a very original melody that immediately catches the audience's attention, and which more importantly cues in to the emotional impact of the scene/movie. In Superman, Christopher Reeve said that he didn't know how to play the flying scene until he heard Williams' score, the famous "I Can Read Your Mind."
Anyway, just some thoughts and facts that I've picked up from reading tons of movie score literature about Williams. Other favorites include James Horner, Bill Conti, Ennio Morricone and others. Haha, sort of strayed from my point that I don't consider myself a true classical music fan. Regardless, I love orchestral music--especially if it has a good melody!