Music Department | Composer | Soundtrack
The well known marimba part which begins and plays throughout American Beauty (1999) was actually written by the marimba player, who was just playing around during a preliminary recording session.
Bernard Herrmann is my big favorite [score composer]. He created such a strong presence. And having been down that road, I admire his courage. I admire the fact that he had something to say and he took the bull by the horns and said it no matter ...
Tuned percussion (e.g. marimba, chimes) often plays a part in his scores, figuring especially prominently in American Beauty (1999).
Thomas Montgomery Newman
Los Angeles, California, USA