Does anyone else think Hans Zimmer was a better composer than Mozart?
Zimmer is decent. Got nothing on James Horner, though.
If you like 4 chords, then sure.
(One must remember that Zimmer has access to far more developed instruments and technology than Mozart did, so arguments referring to "better orchestral textures" by Zimmer are somewhat redundant, or at least an unfair comparison).
Braveheart and Avatar OST I have about 100 plays in iPlayer. Titanic is pretty great.
Thomas Newman is great, too. Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Green Mile.
Zimmer's scores are not dynamic enough for me. Just a buzz in the background at different pitches.
Can't really compare. Both are different genre and both are from different time periods. The ideas of music back then is very different. Why not try and compare romantic era composers to Han Zimmers? Romantic era music has a lot more to do with expression of feelings. Han Zimmers music also tries to play with emotions.
I've never really 'got' Zimmer. Loads of my mates went to see him live and thought it was great.
I think I actually prefer John Williams to Zimmer. I think Williams' has made so many "classic" sound tracks that create actual emotional responses in people (not that Zimmer's scores don't evoke emotional responses of course). Maybe it's the era thing though with Williams being especially prevalent in the late 70s/80s (not that his career hasn't continued to grow since then) a time when the block buster culture seemed to really grow and films still relied on more traditional style scoring. Now, film production is different, particularly in the sound track department- the lines between what is a sound track/score and what is sound design are growing increasingly more blurred and this is where I think Zimmer excels. Of course he can and has made epic "traditional" style scores- things like Pirates of the Caribbean because it sounds "piratey" amongst way more but what's really impressive is how he uses things like a ticking clock or the Shepard tone for example which can be considered non traditional scoring techniques. It's this I believe that adds to the whole experience- hearing amazing music without consciously thinking about the music and then being taken of out of the perceived reality of the film. Times have changed and as has the role of the score in my opinion.
As for Zimmer being a better composer then Mozart, I don't agree. Firstly as mentioned- the time frame is totally different, as was the understanding of music. Also, he achieved all that he did in just 35 years. His music is hugely iconic and his legacy has stood the test of time. Anyway that's enough rambling from me haha