Free piano sheet music from Danny Elfman
About Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman is a composer from Los Angeles, California, that has also participated in record production and acting.
His musical experience is vast, due to his years as an active member in the band "Oingo Boingo", for which he was the lead singer, as well as the songwriter.
His years in Oingo Boingo have taught him how to compose music, ranging from rock to new wave. Since 1976 to 1995, he was part of Oingo Boingo, for a total of 19 years.
Since his departure from Oingo Boingo, he sought to write music scores for television and even the film industry. Danny Elfman is the creator of "The Simpsons" theme and also worked on the theme for the 1989 "Batman" movie. As a friend of Tim Burton, he was invited to write music for most of Tim’s movies. Even since his beginning in Oingo Boingo, he was interested in the movie industry, seeing as he started as an actor, then debuted in 1980 as a composer.
His first film musical score was for the movie "Forbidden Zone", working alongside his big brother, director Richard Elfman.
Danny Elfman received a total of 4 nominations for Academy Awards and even managed to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The Grammy Award was received for his work on the "Batman" movie, which belonged to Tim Burton. Even getting to television music, Elfman worked on the theme for a show called "Desperate Housewives", which brought him an Emmy Award. In 2002, he also received the Richard Kirk Award at the BMI Film and TV Awards.
Elfman was a fan of the movie industry even since he was a child, since he himself admitted that he visited the local film theater.
As a child, he got acquainted to the works of composers like Franz Waxman and Bernard Herrmann. He even took part of a theatre group in France, performing alongside Le Grand Magic Circus. His long journeys in Africa influenced his musical style, as Elfman himself admitted later in his life.
Danny Elfman’s musical style has been influenced by classic composers such as Sergei Prokofiev, Erik Satie, Carl Orff, Bela Bartok, Lou Harrison, Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Nino Rota.
Beginning in 2011, he finished working on the show IRIS for Cirque du Soleil in 2013. IRIS got featured in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre and was received well, becoming one of Elfman’s most significant works that haven’t involved the film industry. In late 2013 he sung in the Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton Concert.
He also composed music for "Oz the Great and Powerful", which became a hit movie.
|Birth name:||Daniel Robert Elfman|
|Born:||May 29, 1953 In Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres:||New Wave, Alternative Rock, Film Music|
|Instruments:||Piano, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals, Violin,Trombone, Keyboard|
|Occupations:||Voice Actor, Singer, Composer, Record Producer, Actor, Songwriter|
|Parents:||- Blossom Elfman Bernstein|
- Milton Elfman