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Alan Silvestri

March 26, 1950 -
born in New York, 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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Selected Discography

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Track List: The A-Team

Title: A-team

1. A-team: The Somewhere In Mexico/original "The A-team (Theme)"

2. A-team: Saving Face

3. A-team: The Alpha Mike Fox Trot

4. A-team: The Welcome To Baghdad

5. A-team: The The Plan

6. A-team: The Court Martial

7. A-team: The Putting The Team Back Together

8. A-team: The Flying A Tank

9. A-team: The Frankfurt

10. A-team: The Retrieving The Plates

11. A-team: The Safehouse

12. A-team: The Safehouse Aftermath

13. A-team: The Shell Game

14. A-team: The The Docks, Pt. 1

15. A-team: The The Docks, Pt. 2

16. A-team: The I Love It When A Plan Comes Together/original "The A

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Track List: Forrest Gump: Original Motion Picture Score

Title: Forrest Gump, Film Score

1. Forrest Gump, Film Score: I'm Forrest... Forrest Gump

2. Forrest Gump, Film Score: You're No Different

3. Forrest Gump, Film Score: You Can't Sit Here

4. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Run Forrest Run

5. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Pray With Me

6. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Crimson Gump

7. Forrest Gump, Film Score: They're Sending Me To Vietnam

8. Forrest Gump, Film Score: I Ran And Ran

9. Forrest Gump, Film Score: I Had A Destiny

10. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Washington Reunion

11. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Jesus On The Main Line

12. Forrest Gump, Film Score: That's My Boat

13. Forrest Gump, Film Score: I Never Thanked You

14. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Jenny Returns

15. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Crusade

16. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Forrest Meets Forrest

17. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Wedding Guest

18. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Where Heaven Ends

19. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Jenny's Grave

20. Forrest Gump, Film Score: I'll Be Right Here

21. Forrest Gump, Film Score: Suite From Forrest Gump

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Track List: The Avengers

Title: The Avengers, Film Score

1. The Avengers, Film Score: Arrival

2. The Avengers, Film Score: Doors Open From Both Sides

3. The Avengers, Film Score: Tunnel Chase

4. The Avengers, Film Score: Stark Goes Green

5. The Avengers, Film Score: Helicarrier

6. The Avengers, Film Score: Subjugation

7. The Avengers, Film Score: Don't Take My Stuff

8. The Avengers, Film Score: Red Ledger

9. The Avengers, Film Score: Assault

10. The Avengers, Film Score: They Called It

11. The Avengers, Film Score: Performance Issues

12. The Avengers, Film Score: Seeing, Not Believing

13. The Avengers, Film Score: Assemble

14. The Avengers, Film Score: I Got A Ride

15. The Avengers, Film Score: A Little Help

16. The Avengers, Film Score: One Way Trip

17. The Avengers, Film Score: A Promise

18. The Avengers, Film Score: The Avengers

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jswinder5
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He's composing the infinity wars YES!! (He did avengers 1)
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I play viola and I can play this song like a boss OOOOOOOOOHHH H H H H ! ! ! ! ! !
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Cap is mine!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! I LOVE him. I'm his #1 FAN.
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He has a great tempo and melody
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This soundtrack and movie is AMAZING! ❤
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Back to the Future!!!
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GO ALAN
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I loved Forrest gump
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I don't know you
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Run Forrest run very good movie
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Wwonderfully airy yet rich melodies entwined together throughout
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RUN FORREST RUN
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I love this type of music
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I'm a big fan of yours
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Such a nice deep piece of music
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Sup YAL
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I loved the movie so touching❤��
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Star Wars is cosins with the avengers ok last word for all of you ewoks R cute
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It's amazing that he is still writing music for so many popular films
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My favorite! I can almost bet we are related...
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Amazing , I loved
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I love the captain america soundtracks and movies
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Yaaaaaaaay Captain 'Murica!
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Love captain America
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Beautiful
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I like cheese yummy
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Follow for great soundtrack music!!!
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Back to the future is my favorite movie such good music ��
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Awesome!!!
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He's great!
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He did Young Guns 2
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He also did the Rambo franchise
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Agents of Shield is bae
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Captain america is the best avenger. Hands down ;)
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Do or do not there is no try
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I agree maryclouda6 Star wars is the best but sadly it went to stupid Disney who make the worst movies
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