Klaus Badelt/Ricketts

“Curse of the Black Pearl” from Pirates of the Caribbean

            Music for films, whether by a pianist improvising for silent films, or those scored for full romantic-era orchestras, has always been an essential element in the medium.   And film composers, and their individual paths to success, have varied remarkably over the years.  From so-called “classical” composers such as Aaron Copland, Virgil Thompson, and a host of others, to those who were practically self-taught, with simple roots—it doesn’t seem to matter.  All that essentially counts is musical talent, creative imagination, a capability for artistic growth, and the ability to work within the demanding, cost and deadline-driven requirements of Hollywood.   The music of  Klaus Badelt is illustrative.