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Comments about the soundtrack for Cutthroat Island (John Debney)

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Re: Battle Music-Some Stolen Themes
• Posted by: Tomek   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, December 31, 2004, at 5:01 a.m.
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• In Response to: Battle Music-Some Stolen Themes (Blair)

> I would first like to say, this is what I used to keep me going in
> studying for my AP Chem test. I love this music. It's defiantly a hidden
> treasure in the world of film scores. They don't write them how they used
> to, and this is "how they used to"
In the battle music (#17)
> I found it incredible, however, even in the first time listening to it
> (not in the movie), I heard themes from other soundtracks. Here a just a
> few I think:
At about 2:00 mins I hear Danny Elfmans
> "Batman" them.
5:15 an ending to Alan Silvestri's "Back
> to the Future II"
5:40+ An old classical work "Pictures at
> an Exhibition"

> #3- The Language of Romance- 1:34 Star Wars theme all the way.

I've checked "The Battle" track and the time-marks specified by You and couldn't heard any Batman theme or Silvestri's BTTF II... First of all at 2:00 mark there is some fantastic chorus singing and at 5:15 the main melody is maybe in some way similar to Silvestri's work, but hey it is played by solo "pirate" violin...

For me personally, this score is something incredible because it joins all the best what Williams, Goldsmith, Horner, Arnold or Silvestri have to offer. On contrary, listening to this Debney's masterpiece several times I found myself asking "where had I heard it??", but those were some single chords or particular orchestrations or scoring techniques that John Debney might have utilized in this score, knowing how fantastic they are - and we should be thankful for this. Debney himself admits how big influence was for him Williams or Goldsmith... But I never heard any themes or motifs that he could "borrowed" from other scores (so well known!)


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