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Thomas Newman

A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. He was born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age. (Thomas' brother David also followed in the family business, as did their cousin, the sardonic singer/songwriter Randy Newman.) Thomas studied piano and violin as a child, following a two-year stay at the University of Southern California by earning a master's degree in music from Yale. Although his early musical theater project Three Mean Fairy Tales was championed by Stephen Sondheim, Newman spent the better part of the late '70s playing keyboards in the rock band the Innocents and the improvisational combo Tokyo 77. In 1983, he broke into the film industry by orchestrating a John Williams cue from Return of the Jedi, composing his first full score, Reckless, the following year.

Newman's ethnic-inspired score to the 1985 Madonna vehicle Desperately Seeking Susan proved his breakthrough, and he further honed his distinctive electro-orchestral approach on subsequent projects including 1987's The Lost Boys and Less Than Zero. Films including Fried Green Tomatoes, The Rapture, and Scent of a Woman followed before Newman earned a pair of Oscar nominations in 1994 for his work on The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women; a year later, he received another Academy Award nomination for Unstrung Heroes. Newman's fourth Oscar bid arrived with 1999's American Beauty, which did not win the composer an Oscar for best score, but the soundtrack album, released by DreamWorks, did win the Grammy Award in its category. Newman received further Academy Award nominations in successive years for his work on Road to Perdition (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He won another two Grammy Awards for his theme for the television series Six Feet Under, best instrumental composition and best instrumental arrangement. His eighth Oscar nomination came with The Good German (2006), which was followed by nominations for WALL-E (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013); he won two more Grammys for WALL-E and Skyfall. Newman continued in kind with notable scores for other critically acclaimed films, including the documentary He Named Me Malala, Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, and another James Bond installment, Spectre, all in 2015. ~ Jason Ankeny & William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Music From The Motion Picture)

Title: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score

1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Long Old Life

2. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: This Is The Day

3. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: The Chimes At Midnight

4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Road To Jaipur

5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Night Bus

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Tuk Tuks

7. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Assault On The Senses

9. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Anokhi

10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Cricket Spell

11. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: More Than Nothing

12. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Day 22

13. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Mrs. Ainsley

14. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Do Your Worst

15. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Udaipur

16. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Turning Left

17. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Not Yet The End

18. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Progress

19. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: Young Wasim

20. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: What Happens Instead

21. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Film Score: A Bit Of Afters

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Track List: The Help (Original Score)

Title: The Help, Film Score

1. The Help, Film Score: Aibilene

2. The Help, Film Score: Them Fools

3. The Help, Film Score: Upside-down Cake

4. The Help, Film Score: Mississippi

5. The Help, Film Score: Heart Palpitations

6. The Help, Film Score: The Help

7. The Help, Film Score: Jim Crow

8. The Help, Film Score: Skeeter

9. The Help, Film Score: Miss Hilly

10. The Help, Film Score: Write That Down

11. The Help, Film Score: Bottom Of The List

12. The Help, Film Score: Deviled Eggs

13. The Help, Film Score: I. White Baby

14. The Help, Film Score: Celia Digs

15. The Help, Film Score: November 22

16. The Help, Film Score: Not To Die

17. The Help, Film Score: My Son

18. The Help, Film Score: Trash On The Road

19. The Help, Film Score: The Terrible Awful

20. The Help, Film Score: Constantine

21. The Help, Film Score: Gripping Testimonials

22. The Help, Film Score: Sugar

23. The Help, Film Score: Amen

24. The Help, Film Score: Mile High Meringue

25. The Help, Film Score: Ain't You Tired (End Title)

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Track List: Meet Joe Black

Title: Meet Joe Black, Film Score

1. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Yes

2. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Everywhere Freesia

3. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Walkaway

4. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Meet Joe Black

5. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Peanut Butter Man

6. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Whisper Of A Thrill

7. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Cheek To Cheek

8. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Cold Lamb Sandwich

9. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: V. Ave.

10. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: A Frequent Thing

11. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Death And Taxes

12. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Served Its Purpose

13. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Sorry For Nothing

14. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Mr. Bad News

15. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Let's Face The Music And Dance

16. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: The Question

17. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: Someone Else

18. Meet Joe Black, Film Score: What A Wonderful World

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Track List: Side Effects

Title: Side Effects

1. Side Effects: Acute Parasomnia

2. Side Effects: Very Sick Girl (Main Title)

3. Side Effects: Houston Free Meds

4. Side Effects: Relativity

5. Side Effects: Past Behaviour

6. Side Effects: Another Acquittal

7. Side Effects: Knife

8. Side Effects: Hopelessness

9. Side Effects: Allison Finn

10. Side Effects: Dark & Stormy

11. Side Effects: Poisonous Fog

12. Side Effects: Salt Water

13. Side Effects: Conduct Review

14. Side Effects: Double Jeopardy

15. Side Effects: Malingering

16. Side Effects: St. Luke's

17. Side Effects: Take Back Tomorrow (End Title)

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Track List: Spectre (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Spectre (Original Soundtrack)

1. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Los Muertos Vivos Estan (Feat. Tambuco)

2. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Vauxhall Bridge

3. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): The Eternal City

4. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Donna Lucia

5. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): A Place Without Mercy

6. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Backfire

7. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Crows Klinik

8. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): The Pale King

9. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Madeleine

10. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Kite In A Hurricane

11. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Snow Plane

12. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): L'américain

13. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Secret Room

14. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Hinx

16. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Silver Wraith

17. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): A Reunion

18. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Day Of The Dead (Feat. Tambuco)

19. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Tempus Fugit

20. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Safe House

21. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Blindfold

22. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Careless

23. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Detonation

24. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Westminster Bridge

25. Spectre (Original Soundtrack): Out Of Bullets

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Track List: The Judge (Original Soundtrack)

Title: The Judge, Film Score

1. The Judge, Film Score: Phantom Witness

2. The Judge, Film Score: Mercury Glass

3. The Judge, Film Score: Bag Of Tricks

4. The Judge, Film Score: St. Francis

5. The Judge, Film Score: Indiana

6. The Judge, Film Score: Samantha

7. The Judge, Film Score: Wooden Nickel

8. The Judge, Film Score: The Judge

9. The Judge, Film Score: Reward For Dog

10. The Judge, Film Score: Blood Evidence

11. The Judge, Film Score: Shelby Rd.

12. The Judge, Film Score: Never On Pavement

13. The Judge, Film Score: Light A Match

14. The Judge, Film Score: Hope Stevens

15. The Judge, Film Score: Diamond Collapsible

17. The Judge, Film Score: X. Speed

18. The Judge, Film Score: Old Room

19. The Judge, Film Score: Night Fit (Velvet Box)

20. The Judge, Film Score: XX. Degree Bend

21. The Judge, Film Score: Watch And Learn

22. The Judge, Film Score: Tire And Rim

23. The Judge, Film Score: Aye Of Knute

24. The Judge, Film Score: Missing Time

25. The Judge, Film Score: Trophies

26. The Judge, Film Score: I. Choose You

27. The Judge, Film Score: Wabash River Float

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hoderegus
Breathtaking , mysterious, transports me to times in my life when I was questioning things, often wondrous or difficult times, often made me stop breathing, made me recall that they were not desperate, just too different to understand.. .
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We are but plastic bags caught in a tumble of wind for a moment.
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This track will haunt me
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Can u feel the pain...... Thank u
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House m.d. Missing that show , beautiful music!
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eliz.reed
Hauntingly Beautiful.
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So calming. I can see myself walking alone in a Forest listening to the birds and smelling nature..cont e m p l a t i n g life. Love it!
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House, M.D.
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Wow I feel enchanted somehow
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worth stopping for
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This ladies and gentlemen this is the last generation where we can hear music so amazing and beautiful, thoughtful and inspireing.
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Thus music stops me in my tracks every time haunting contemplativ e hopeful so uplifting as it builds then oosh it is gone hmm
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super!
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This piece playing during the end scene of American Beauty... Does it for me
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Amazing music. I never knew who the composer was until I started listening to Pandora.
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LOUD TECHNO IS THE BEST
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Such an enchanting and peaceful song. Love it!
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From nemo! ��
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This was definitely in American Beauty. Plastic bag scene. Love it.
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Nemo
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I can tell when one of his songs play without looking. Their all happy but...echoey
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tmadore60
never fails, every time I hear this song it brings tears to my eyes. It touches me deeply
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I knew when I heard this song that he wrote the music for finding nemo...I just knew!!
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I remember K-PAX
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pdoolen9
I miss House too!
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I miss house!!
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House MD
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lynnfol
haunting and transcendent . . . .
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A score which elicits reflecting.
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love his song Any other name
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Any Other Name b Thomas Newman:
A transcendent piece
Takes u far away to a place everyone should discover
and then, dwell
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This song was in Blow.
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Music featured on House M.D.
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sounds like the music from Erin Brockovich when she is in the rental car
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Halo
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I think this song is in Finding Nemo
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Soul music ! !LTHEL!
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The sound of grace and mercy descending upon you.
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I always thought this was from House, MD. Seems like it fits in perfectly,
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It's from American Beauty.
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this songs reminds me of the show heroes even though it is not in there.
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Maddie. Clover she said you had a good day at work now so I can do that to me know one. Dance floor and the rest kids are going out tonight and tomorrow and then the other side of town for me to me
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Why does this remind me of finding nemo
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Was also on House show multiple times
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sounds like Halo
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Does this remind anyone else of the show House?
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This was in nemo
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It reminds me of the movie K-Pax...
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My go to track when I'm grading exams ....love it!!
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Beautiful track.
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