Reach For The Top - Bill Conti - Dreamer/The Scout
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Nationality: American. Born: Providence, Rhode Island, 13 April Education: Louisiana State University, B. Blood Out Hackford. Cavanagh and P. Maclean, in Soundtrack! The Collector's Quarterly BelgiumSeptember Santiago, T.
The Collector's Quarterly BelgiumMarch Feldman, G. Scott, V. The Collector's Quarterly BelgiumJune Lehti, S. The Collector's Quarterly BelgiumDecember Pecqueriaux, J. Tucker, G. Silverman, M. Blocker, S. Bill Conti is a prolific, all-purpose composer-arranger who in his thirty-plus year career has written musical themes for Reach For The Top - Bill Conti - Dreamer/The Scout conceivable medium and genre: blockbuster and B-list Hollywood action-adventures and comedies; television series and mini-series; independent and foreign-language productions; and even television commercials, specials, and news and variety programs.
Yet in the mids, Conti still was relatively unheralded. Then he won the assignment that would establish him as one of Reach For The Top - Bill Conti - Dreamer/The Scout most celebrated composers of his era. He was hired to write the music for an obscure, low-budget feature about a club fighter who gets the opportunity to tangle in the ring with the World Heavyweight Champion.
The star and screenwriter was an unsung actor named Sylvester Stallone. The film was Rockyand Conti's rousing, inspirational theme song, "Gonna Fly Now," was an immediate audience-grabber. Musically-speaking, Conti's overall score is neither complex nor creative, but it is undeniably effective in imparting a mood of self-confidence and triumph.
Conti's music for Rocky transcends the motion picture medium—and not just because, back in"Gonna Fly Now" reached number one on the pop music charts. In subsequent years, the song has come to symbolize the courage and spirit of the underdog. Decades after Rocky first came to movie theaters, one might attend an athletic event and find some scrappy, Rocky-like challengers entering the boxing ring or playing field to the soaring trumpet that opens "Gonna Fly Now.
Given the phenomenal success of Rocky, it is no surprise that Conti went on to compose the theme music for the television series American Gladiators. One of Conti's very best scores, for The Right Stuffamplifies the heroics of pioneer American astronauts.
The names of the themes on the soundtrack—including "Breaking the Sound Barrier," "Yeager's Triumph," "A Close Call," "Returning Home," "Last Embrace," and "Final Meeting"—mirror the composer's approach to conveying the tension and emotion of the story. Across the decades, Conti has maintained professional relationships with his Rocky co-workers.
Immediately following the film's success, he composed for projects that were outgrowths of Rocky : Slow Dancing in the Big City a Rocky clone helmed by its director, John G. In particular, Conti has remained Avildsen's house composer, scoring a majority of the filmmaker's projects well into the s.
As a composer working in a commercial medium, Conti is as pragmatic as he is prolific. He accepts the reality that his role as composer is to serve his director. If the filmmaker is Reach For The Top - Bill Conti - Dreamer/The Scout musically oriented, Conti will relish the resulting artistic freedom. However, if the filmmaker knows exactly what he wants for the Toverkracht - Pietje Precies - Toverkracht, Conti will provide those sounds.
He understands that movie music primarily must be emotional; it is one of the components that keeps the viewer involved in the on-screen activity. For Conti, composing ultimately is a job. Upon completing work on one project, which may be a much-hyped potential blockbuster or Oscar contender, he will dutifully move on to the next, which might be an obscure television show or made-for-TV movie.
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