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Alan Silvestri

March 26, 1950 -
born in NY, composed during the Contemporary period
Major film composer Alan Silvestri became interested in music early, playing drums from age three and learning woodwinds and guitar. After his high school graduation in 1967, he entered the jazz-oriented Berklee College of Music in Boston. At 19 he moved to Las Vegas and toured with Wayne Cochran & the CC Riders, a rhythm & blues band. After that job was over, he accepted a contract to do arrangements on an album that was supposedly set up for his girlfriend. When Alan's first check bounced, they realized they had been had, and that they might be bound to the bogus contract for life. They traveled to Los Angeles and ended up paying borrowed money for their release. Silvestri was broke and stuck in L.A. His friend Mike Jarrett introduced him to Bradford Craig, who had received an Academy Award nomination for his work with Quincy Jones, and Craig was able to get Silvestri a few arranging jobs.

Then Bradford received a call from a small movie company. They were under the impression that Craig had written music with Jones for a movie. They asked if he could write a jazz-oriented score for their movie. Craig, actually a lyricist, not a musician, put them on hold and called Silvestri, who accepted, then rushed out to a bookstore to buy Earl Hagen's book How To Score a Film. He read the book overnight, delivering his 60-minute score two weeks later. The film, The Doberman Gang (1972), was successful enough to warrant a sequel (which Silvestri also scored).

This led to his being hired to write music for a revamping of the TV series CHiPs. After doing 120 episodes of it and a few other TV series episodes, Silvestri was typed as a TV person. It was another 18 months before he got another scoring job: in 1983 he got a call early one evening from a music editor friend who had worked on CHiPs. Michael Douglas and Robert Zemeckis, producer and director of Romancing the Stone, disliked all the music they had for the movie. The editor had remembered that Silvestri had an exceptional flair for rhythm. Zemeckis asked if Silvestri could bring in "three minutes...in which Kathleen Turner is chased through the jungle, in the rain, by a bunch of machete-wielding maniacs." Silvestri produced a demo track overnight. The filmmakers loved it. Since then Silvestri has scored all Zemeckis' films: the Back to the Future series, Castaway, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Contact, What Lies Beneath, Forrest Gump, and Death Becomes Her. Silvestri received nominations for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and the Grammy for his music for Forrest Gump.

But before Back to the Future, Silvestri had taken a remarkable professional risk in accepting a job to score a film called Fandango, even though the director wanted classically-oriented orchestral music. Silvestri had never scored for orchestra. He was able to complete the assignment, which afforded him the experience he would need to create the big sound for Back to the Future. (Silvestri has used the services of orchestrators James Campbell and William Ross, but since 2000 had decided to do the orchestrations himself when he has time.)

Other notable films with Silvestri scores include The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Abyss, Soapdish, Father of the Bride, What Women Want, The Mexican, and The Mummy Returns.

Silvestri and his family live near their winery in Carmel, CA. When he needs to go to Hollywood, Silvestri pilots his personal jet. His son Joey has juvenile type-1 diabetes mellitus; Alan and his wife, Sandra, are active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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I really enjoy your scores. I would agree Gump is beautiful but I find the music from Castaways my favorite. Your sense and perspective of events is quite extraordinar y . Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Keep up the great work.
jgbaker01
Forest Gump is such a sad but great movie!
abbarker5
I love the movie!!!
So beautiful. This score is so memorable. Love ot'
Best film scorw
Amazing composition. Tender melody. Great piece
Love this movie and the soundtrack! Describes every emotion into one song...love it!! Brilliant songwriter (:
I......... Am indiana jones!


Indiana jones
Marina forever
Hobbit is awesome!



Gandalf
Gooooooo A-team!,,
Love the movie Forrest Gump! The film score is so pretty! ❤️
This song piece is great.. has a little of everything. . Now where did I park my delorean?
That delorians sooooooooooo o o o o o o o cool!
Captain America is awesome!!!!
Back to the future is a awesome theme
Very pretty .... Castaway
BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!
I
I love this so much. It's so pretty
Pretty
Great Scott!!!!
Avengers theme all the way!
ams_a4jm_d
You know when you hear a music and some just kind of penetrates your heart to the core this is one of them
I love Captain America ��
Back to the Future is AWESOME!!!
Chris Evans<3
I cry in Captain America.
Captain America is my boyfriend. I LOVE THIA MOVIE IT'S AMAZING!!!! I<3 the Avengers
It sounds vintage...ca p t a i n america being one of the first heroes...
back to the future is awesome
Captain America the movie and song good
9463000
This movie is so inspiring! It makes me cry every time!!! Fantastic job on music Mr. Silvestri :)
I love captain America
carmoniverso n
Even the MUSIC for this movie is awesome!
i love the guy that plays captain america hes kinda cute
mgottwalt
Wear is the harry potter!!
I have this movie on my ipod
ms.sunbeames
Okay, now after reading about his life and everything he did to continue succeeding professional l y , I am in awe. Talent for sure. My heart goes out to his son with DMI, so nice he donates much of his time and I'm sure money to try and get a cure for this dreadful disease. Bless him.
ms.sunbeames
I love all he composed on Forrest Gump... It's just beautiful... . I'm in love and I don't know him!
ms.sunbeames
Pure genius, this is my favorite part of this soundtrack and the talent on Forrest Gump's soundtrack is the best!
I'm not really ready to watch the movie yet... I think I'll stick with the soundtrack for the meanwhile... Altho the more of the soundtrack I hear, the more I wanna watch the movie.
Ya it's great anyone who has not seen the movie should
yvimob9498
Everyone Is saying its good should I watch it?
Great scott!!!!
epquiboloyre i d
Watched movie. Liked soundtrack. Liked Chris Evans. Love Loki Tom Hiddleston more.
Pure genius wonderfull work
Capt. Americas so hot and sexy
1.21 Gigawatts!?? ! ! ! ?
He did Captain America but it's not on here... (#>o
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