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Comments about the soundtrack for Legends of the Fall (James Horner)

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Re: I think this score is a little overrated...
• Posted by: josiah
• Date: Thursday, August 25, 2005, at 11:38 a.m.
• IP Address: 71-36-196-94.blng.qwest.net
• In Response to: Re: I think this score is a little overrated..... (Michael Pipolo)

The problem with this score is that is overthematic....each track is a
>
or a theme already heard....there is no mood music...or
just
> thematic music...again and again...

> I knew when I listened to this score that this would be the problem some
> people had with it. I would even go so far to say that this is THE most
> dramatic Horner score I have heard to date, with the sound of the London
> Symphony Orchestra SO "huge" that it may be taken as
> overdramatic and overwhelming. I, however, don't take it this way (it is
> my favorite soundtrack).

> One strength of this score that I rarely see in a Williams score is that,
> even though it is nearly all theme-dominated material, it DOES NOT get
> overly repetitive as does, for example, Glory, Schindler's List, and to a
> lesser extent, Jurassic Park. Every track in this can actually be
> distinguished.

> I have to disagree with the assertion that it is all thematic with no pure
> action music, though. WHAT ABOUT Samuel's Death, To The Boys..., and
> Revenge?
none of them is really GREAT....

> I cannot understand this at all. I thought the themes in this were
> indescribably incredible, with no other themes coming to mind (except
> perhaps a few in The Land Before Time) rivaling them. Only my opinion,
> though. I guess I always have been a bit weird (i.e. Listening to almost
> only classical music and fine scores such as this... a rarity for
> 15-year-olds, playing the violin, being a computer... well, geek).

> Other highly recommended scores (Horner and others):

> The Land Before Time (Horner) Difficult to find as of December 2004.
> Wonderful themes, never degrades to typical (Menken?) cartoon music. For
> the most part, you wouldn't know it was the score to a cartoon. A bit of
> borrowing from Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" here and there, anyone
> agree?

> Braveheart (Horner) Repetitive, but the last two tracks alone are worth
> the price

> Willow (Horner) Some great themes, but the action music is not quite great

> Titanic (Horner) Haven't seen the movie, don't worship it, it isn't his
> best, but it's still great

> Hook (Williams) Best Williams hero/action (not to mention villain) music,
> IMHO

> Jurassic Park (Williams) Chorally beautiful, but repetitive besides the
> action music

> Schindler's List (Williams) VERY repetitive, yet very admirable

> Backdraft (Zimmer) Pretty much only the first and last Zimmer track are
> really good

> Hannibal (Zimmer) Excuse the horrible action music

> The Last Samurai (Zimmer) A little repetitive

> Dances with Wolves (Barry) Classic, wonderful

hi Michael Pipolo this is a good soundtrack




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