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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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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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All these composers are magnificent! Stunning!
Somehow the reach the core of a the Hearth.
Thank God for these moments.
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Think for
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I also love Forest Gump!!! I just love so much of his music!!!
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He is a very good composer!!!
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❤❤❤
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*Contact
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I love the film score for contact!
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I love this guys music!!!
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What an interesting bio this guy has hope his kids are ok
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Went to Universal & saw DeLorean time machine- awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Can't wait till infinity wars
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Helpful....
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Do inspiring
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Hail Hydra!
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GO TEAM CAP!!!!!!!!!
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GO TEAM CAP!!!
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Lololol
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Cool and intense song! GO CA (CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!!! ! ! !
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Wilson where are you? WILSON!
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CAPTIN AMERICA U ARE AWESOME AND U KNOW IT!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Fav movie
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Night at the museum
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GREAT SCOTT!!!
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Missing Predator and Star Trek III
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Where we're going, we don't need roads
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Run forest run
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Captain America!!!!! ! U r AWESOME!!
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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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Captain America is amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Wwonderfully airy yet rich melodies entwined together throughout
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RUN FORREST RUN
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignored it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 different songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters. This is freaky it actually works.
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Lord Vader is dead I'm the actor poedamareon the real one I need you to help me defeat KYLO REN in THE FORCE AWAKENS yahooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o
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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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I love the movie and i love bucky ������.
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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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