Faltermeyer is an accomplished musician across the board, having produced numerous albums. In the 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles in the 70s to play keyboards on the soundtrack for “Midnight Express” and got his first big break composing the score for “Beverly Hills Cop.” He had a great run in the 80s, scoring numerous films before moving back to Germany at the end of the decade.
Faltermeyer now has a variety of projects, but recently composed the score for “Cop Out,” with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Below is some his greatest work.
- Beverly Hills Cop (1984): “Axel F” is the quintessential film score of the decade.
- Fletch (1985): Faltermeyer’s score balanced Chevy Chase’s comic timing with the graveness of the case he was investigating.
- Top Gun (1986): It may not be the best fighter pilot movie ever made, but it is definitely the coolest, thanks in part to the anthem provided by Faltermeyer.
- Beverly Hill Cop II (1987): This disappointing sequel had two things going for it: Eddie Murphy’s performance and Faltermeyer’s new music. The third movie’s fatal mistake was not bringing him back and going for a score with an orchestra.
- Cop Out (2010): His most recent score shows that his style still works in today’s movies. Producers and directors should take note.
More information on Faltermeyer can be found on his website at: http://www.haroldfaltermeyer.net.