A friend asked “is that really a good idea”? You’d assume film composers get better as they go along, and should only show their best and most recent stuff. Presenting the old stuff with the new is for directors to really get to know me.
Many of the great composers had the core of their style established early on. Even when John Williams was “Johnny Williams”, doing TV in the 60s, you could hear seeds of “his” sound we all know from his films. Something in the brass writing was bold, like he’s working hard to get a big sound from small TV ensembles.
Here is another example of a composer across many years…Danny Elfman from 1985 and 2008…do these clips, from films at the opposite ends of the spectrum, sound like the same composer’s voice?
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 1985:
Standard Operating Procedure, 2008: