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The World's Greatest Music
Get to know the facts behind the finest scores from the 2000's, including Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hans Zimmer's The Da Vinci Code and Dario Marinelli's Pride and Prejudice.
One of Disney's biggest success stories of the past 10 years, Pirates of the Caribbean, based on the theme park ride of the same name, boosted Johnny Depp to pure superstardom. Central to this entertaining swash-buckling adventure has been its score, however the story of its creation is one of the strangest in film music lore. Composer Alan Silvestri was originally hired to write the music, however Silvestri left due to creative differences between himself and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. So director Gore Verbinski called upon Hans Zimmer to write the score, who declined to do the bulk of the composing, as he was busy scoring The Last Samurai. So the task fell to a relative newcomer to Hollywood - Klaus Badelt. Despite this, Zimmer stayed on to collaborate with Badelt on the main themes, but since the schedule was very tight and the music was needed for the film in three weeks, seven other composers — Ramin Djawadi, James Dooley, Nick Glennie-Smith, Steve Jablonsky, Blake Neely, James McKee Smith, and Geoff Zanelli — were called upon to help orchestrate the music and write additional cues! Though 9 seperate composers deserve credit for Pirates' music, the much-loved main theme is credited to Klaus Badelt, and has propelled him as one of Hollywood's in demand composers.
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