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Comments about the soundtrack for Batman Returns (Danny Elfman)

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Re: Very well orchestrated
• Posted by: hewhomustnotbenamed   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, December 17, 2010, at 5:45 a.m.
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• In Response to: Very well orchestrated (saffrancesca)

> I heard this music a lot of times and I always loved it! Whenever I asked
> me why, the answer was that the musical ideas are not so new, not so
> original (the Penguin's and Selina's themes are musically quite banal),
> but so well adherent to the situation, and so well orchestrated that they
> have a strong power.
> For example, the beginning idea of the penguin has a so dark orchestral
> colour with the chorus, with the organ that you forget that is a quite
> volgar round dance. And in the same time, it has a perfect adherence to
> the developping of the action that is astonishing. For example the
> illuminating of the harmonies and of the orchestral colour when the
> Cobblepots meet another couple, wishing a Merry Christmas, shows at what
> degree there's adherence.
> Also the transformation music for Selina has a great power not for his
> musical means which are a chromatic descending scale on the bass, and a
> figuration quite usual in the highest part, but for his dryness, for his
> harsh orchestration and also again adherence. See how the explosions of
> the timpanis and the knocking the frying-pan against the wall coincide
> perfectly.

> So the the richness of this score is not in his simple means, but in how
> these are used.
> The last example: see with how sadness, in the end, the Selina's theme is
> reprised when Bruce Wayne finds the cat in the lane and comes back to his
> car while it's snowing all around him, in this dark, sad, gothic Gotham
> City!!!

> Saffrancesca

Every time I listen to it, I hear something new within each track. The orchestration is indeed great.

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  • Very well orchestrated  (2884 views)
       saffrancesca - Sunday, September 5, 2004, at 3:11 a.m.
    •      Re: Very well orchestrated  (1996 views)    We're Here
         hewhomustnotbenamed - Friday, December 17, 2010, at 5:45 a.m.

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