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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Music That Matters: Top 50 Movie Symphonies (#44 Back To The Future Theme by Alan Silvestri)

Usually each big director builds a relationship with a composer and collaborates with them on the bulk of their movies. Steven Spielberg usually goes to John Williams. Bryan Singer opts for John Ottman. Tim Burton's guy is Danny Elfman. And so on and so on. When Robert Zemeckis directs a new movie, the score is always done by Alan Silvestri. Silvestri has created some wonderful gems throughout the years for Zemeckis including Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit,The Polar Express, and Castaway. Probably the most well-known score that Silvestri created was 1985's theme for Back To The Future. You definitely know this one, it's a composition of biblical proportions. The back story goes something like this: Steven Spielberg had worked with Robert Zemeckis in 1984 producing Romancing The Stone. Allegedly, Spielberg had hated the score that Silvestri had created. So when it was time to score Back To The Future which also would be produced by Spielberg, Silvestri was told he had two weeks before the movie previewed to come up with a grand and epic score to knock Spielberg's socks off. I'd say he was able to work his magic. This theme would also be used in pieces throughout the second and third movies of the franchise.

Ladies and gentlemen, at #44.... The Theme from Back To The Future

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