As promised, here is a master list of my current music collection. Some of which I own, some of which I am saving up for, and some of which is just really good music that you might be interested in.
As a note before we get started, I do not agree with all the movies these soundtracks are from. A lot of these soundtracks, despite their movies, just have really great depth and heart.
Before we jump into the master list, I wanted to name off a few of my favorite Composers. I certainly will give credit to each composer on the list below, but I have a few that I enjoy more than others. Specifically because, these composers have a wonderful way of telling stories through their music and convey such depth of emotion through their songs.
James Newton Howard - His work in the 2003 live action version of Peter Pan is breathtaking.
Hans Zimmer - He has worked on many popular movie soundtracks. Specifically, the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.
Harry Gregson Williams - Amazing artist. I love his work in the first two Narnia films. ("the battle" music was so awesome!)
John Powell - A new (as in, I've liked him for a few years now) favorite composer. He isn't as well known, for sure. I was surprised, when looking him up online, that he had composed more music than I realized. He recently composed the soundtrack for "How To Train Your Dragon." I just have one word. EPIC. (and I don't use that word very often.)
By: James Newton HowardPeter Pan (2003 live action version)Treasure Planet - This one has both instrumental and lyricsThe Last AirbenderBatman Begins - by both James Newton Howard and Hans ZimmerBy: Hans ZimmerSpirit: Stallion of the CimarronPirates of the Caribbean - (thus far, he has composed them all.)King ArthurBy: Harry Gregson WilliamsThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe.The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianPrince of Persia: Sands of TimeBy: Howard ShoreThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings: Two TowersThe Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingThe Hobbit: and Unexpected Journey (This one is the best in my opinion)By: Michael Giacchino (Another new favorite of mine)John Carter ("A Change of Heart" is one of my favorite songs on this cd.)Star Trek (2009) - I love everything about this soundtrack.By: Brian TylerEagle EyeThe Greatest Game Ever PlayedBy: Patrick DoyleEragonThorSense and Sensibility (1995)By: Alexandre DesplatHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2(I don't like the other movie soundtracks in the harry potter series because they have too many recurring themes. These two are the only ones that had a completely different feel to them. They contain a lot more heart and hope mixed with sorrow. The other ones were just dark and there wasn't as much depth in my opinion.)By: Randy EdelmanGettysburgGods and Generals (by both Randy Edelman and John Frizell)By: Two Steps from Hell
(this is just one of many of their soundtracks. I don't care for all of their music as it tends to be rocky and sometimes has a lot of base guitar in it, so, I tend to pick through and listen to just one or two songs from each album. However, they do have some great stuff and it's worth looking into. Especially where Action/Battle music is concerned.)
By: Steve Jablonsky
Transformers: revenge of the fallen
Transformers: Dark of the moon
(I prefer the first one. Partially because the sequels have recurring themes. However the other two are pretty good as well.)
By: Ilan Eshkeri
Stardust (If you listen to nothing else on this soundtrack, at least listen to these two tracks. "Tristan and Yvaine" and "Coronation")
By: John Ottman
By: John Powell
How To Train Your Dragon (Buy it. Now. The whole thing is awesome.) :D
By: David Arnold
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
X-Men: First Class (The song "Sub Lift" is especially excellent although, the second half of it is a bit hard core for my tastes.)
By: Daft Punk
Tron Legacy (I don't listen to this much, but my dad and brothers love it. It has some cool, techno flare.)
By: Alan Silvestri
By: Andrew Lockington
City of Ember
By: Nick Glennie Smith
Secretariat (I haven't been able to find a copy of this soundtrack on Amazon yet, but I know it exists because I've listened to two of the songs on Youtube. They were beautiful.)
Now for a special category. The Period Drama Soundtracks. I don't listen to these when I'm writing for the most part. I just love them in general. I'll probably listen to them when I start writing my Austen inspired books.
Finding Neverland - By: Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Nicholas Nickleby - By: Rachel Portman
Sense and Sensibility - By: Patrick Doyle
Pride and Prejudice (2006) - By: Dario Marianelli
Becoming Jane - By: Adrian Johnston
Miss Potter - By: Nigel Westlake
Anne of Green Gables - By: Hagood Hardy
Emma (1996) - Rachel Portman
You can buy most all of these cd's/mp3's on Amazon. Happy Listening!