DAVID SHIRE’S FIVE BEST SCORES
(1974) Shire hangs something a little like a Chopin nocturne and a little like a gentle jazz riff around the adventures of a surveillance expert going steadily insane.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) “I messed around for a month coming up with bad Lalo Schifrin,” Shire jokes. He ended up with an angular jazz score that sounded quite different from the
AllthePresident’sMen (1976) The music holds off for the first third of the film. When the pulse kicks in it presses home the increasing danger and stress of the Watergate investigations.
Short Circuit (1986) Shire broke into electronics with his score for the hit robot flick. The irresistible, clanking main theme could not sound less like his earlier work.