DAVID SHIRE’S FIVE BEST SCORES

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The Con­ver­sa­tion

(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

com­poser.

Im­pos­si­ble Mis­sion:

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.

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