Dramatic Vocalise Database

Elfman, Danny (b. 1953)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The genres of science fiction and fantasy often border on one another, as can be seen in the film scores by composer Danny Elfman (b. 1953). Beginning with the 1980 feature Forbidden Zone, Elfman started scoring films, and has since become especially well known for his association with the director Tim Burton (b. 1958). He has worked on all but one of Burton’s films, creating what Martin Marks refers to as, “colorful, rhythmically driving and knowingly referential scores, well matched to Burton’s surreal style.”1 Marks continues, “His lyrical gifts are evident in Edward Scissorhands (1990; one of several scores in which he included a wordless choir).”2

(Nauman 2009, 255)


1 Martin Marks, “Elfman, Danny,” in Grove Music Online, ed. Laura Macy, http://www.grovemusic.com (accessed 5 November 2006).

2 Ibid.