David Arnold


Born: 1962; Luton, Bedfordshire, England  
Film composer David Arnold seems to have risen to prominence with unnerving swiftness, but this is in fact an illusion, as Arnold spent many years paying his dues by writing scores for English television and documentary film projects, many of them produced or directed by his lifelong friend Danny Cannon. In between times, Arnold tried out for the Clash and the Waterboys, but failed to get the gigs. Cannon made the move to feature directing with Read more the 1993 film The Young Americans, tapping Arnold to provide the score. Arnold, in turn, co-wrote "Play Dead" with Iceland's Bjork, giving the film a British Top Ten hit. Cannon went on to Judge Dredd, while Arnold visited Los Angeles with a copy of The Young Americans. The net result of that visit was the assignment to score Roland Emmerich's Stargate.

Arnold's grandiose score for Stargate drew both positive and negative critical attention, in part because of Arnold's attention to traditional methods and styles of motion picture scoring. The music was created to be almost wall-to-wall, strong on melody. Arnold went on to score The Last of the Dogmen in a more sedate manner, following that with a score for Cutthroat Island that ended up, like much else with that film, being thrown out. Going into 1996, he was once again working for Emmerich and Dean Devlin on a wall-to-wall orchestral score for Independence Day, providing music that was delivered on an equal scale to the visuals of the film. 1997 saw him composing the theme to the short-lived The Visitor TV series and acting as the music director and composer for A Life Less Ordinary, a score that once again saw him writing more sedate music.

The big news for 1997, however, was Arnold's assignment to score Tomorrow Never Dies, the second Pierce Brosnan-starring James Bond film. Arnold's score has drawn uniform praise, though the Sheryl Crow title song, produced without Arnold's participation, has been derided. A second song, performed by k.d. lang and produced/co-written by Arnold, has received a great deal of praise and some degree of success. Arnold also produced a James Bond music tribute called Shaken and Stirred, featuring Propellerheads and others. In 1998, Arnold worked on his next major score project -- the Roland Emmerich remake of Godzilla. Read less
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  • 1.
    Siren Songs: Classic Film & TV Themes for Solo Voices & Orchestra
    Label: Planetworks   Catalog: 9116 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerry Goldsmith,  Basil Poledouris,  Javier Navarrete,  Philippe Sarde  ... 
    Performer:  Katie Campbell,  Karen Hogle Brown,  Zoe Poledouris,  Kristi Holden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Meridian Studio Ensemble
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    Sherlock: Music From Series Three [original Television Soundtrack]
    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1438 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Arnold
    Performer:  Caroline Dale,  Timothy Gill,  London Session Orchestra,  Eos Chater  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Price
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    Film Music Gala / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremy Sams,  John Barry,  Craig Armstrong,  John Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Wilson,  Brian Thomson,  Paul Bateman,  Timothy Gill  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Austin,  Paul Bateman,  Debbie Wiseman,  Nigel Hess  ... 
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    100 Greatest Film Themes, Take 3
    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1398 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Marvin Hatley,  Charles Chaplin,  Frank Churchill,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Ferreira,  David Shannon,  Helen Hobson,  Emma Kershaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works,  The Wire-Haired Terriers Athletic Social Club,  N.Y. Jazz Orchestra
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    James Bond Themes, Vol. 7
    Label: The Store For Music   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Monty Norman,  Jeffrey Cohen,  John Barry,  Michel Legrand  ... 
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    Bond For Orchestra
    Label: Carl Davis Collect   Catalog: 21 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Barry,  David Arnold,  Paul McCartney,  Bill Conti  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Thomas,  Andy Vinter,  Dave Holmes,  Andrew Pask  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
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    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1383 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Arnold
    Performer:  Eos Chater,  Caroline Dale,  London Session Orchestra,  Michael Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Price
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    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1377 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Arnold
    Performer:  Rael Jones,  David Arnold,  Haley Glennie-Smith
    Conductor:  Michael Price
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    Label: Varese Sarabande   Catalog: 067059 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  David Raksin,  Bernard Herrmann,  Alex North  ... 
    Performer:  Jimmie Rodgers,  Jennifer Warnes
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    Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn / O.s.t.
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 781142 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Arnold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
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    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pete Moore,  Bernard Herrmann,  David Raksin,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Gareth Williams,  Mark Ayres
    Conductor:  Evan Jolly,  Paul Bateman,  Nic Raine,  Bill Ashton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Ensemble
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