Originally Posted by scruffydog
all these old masters would struggle to make the technology work!
and struggle even more to do an in the box mock up mix!!
and never allow the dialogue and SFX a look in!
Hans is in many ways an equal.
First of all, I think your comparing apples to oranges... composing for the concert hall and for a film require very different aesthetic considerations (which is essentially what you have said
However, even if that wasn't the case, IMHO the great masters have achieved such I highly cultivated and developed level of technique and degree of artistic and creative ability... that if say Ravel wanted to sit down and develop his sensabilites and aesthetic for a film score, I'm guessing it wouldn't be the most difficult or challenging thing he's had to overcome in his musical and technical journey. It's also worth noting that many of the early film scoring "masters" where heavily influenced by the Romantic era composers and 20th century greats like Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Bartok.
If one is
going to make comparisons of this kind, I would submit, that of the more recent film composers of the last 30 years, it was John Williams who come along and returned
to that expansive and romantic style as a nod to the romantic era masters and other earlier "romantic style" film composer greats such as Erich Korngold... and Williams has done it with very credible technical/aesthetic abilities that adapted to the more modern film score. Say what you will about his style and your own personal preferences, but he is a master of spotting a film and of course has a very strong classical/orchestral background as a composer and conductor... and I'm not sure I would call him an "equal" to the old masters either.
FWIW I love most of Hanz Zimmer's work and his conceptual/musical approach to the various tasks he's been given over a wide variety of films he's done, but with all due respect, to say the he's "in many ways an equal to the old masters" is I think a bit (a lot) of a stretch... and I'm sure the old masters would have used whatever technology was available at the time.