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Comments about the soundtrack for The New World (James Horner)

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Re: A couple things...
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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Monday, February 13, 2006, at 7:32 p.m.
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• In Response to: Malick and his goddam mozart crap (HornerFan2006)

> This is my first post on this forum and i never thought i would be
> posting, but having just watched the new world i thought i had to say a
> little something. Yes we all know horner re-uses themes time and time
> again but its these themes that drew me to his work. Having listened to
> the score album and expecting to find this great music on the film itself
> left me somewhat bewildered and highly dissapointed. If youre going to
> reject a score for whatever reason then friggin reject it, dont go
> substituting it for classical music or other crap source material. Horner
> had come up with some great themes and can tell he sat down and thought
> long and hard about his execution. Sure im probably going to get flamed
> but its something i think needed adressing..if it aint broke dont bother
> fixing it mr malick (and if i were you mr horner i would put a big X next
> to working with that director, stick to ron howard he knows a good thing
> when he sees it). Plus the song at the end of the album did justice i
> commend you. does anyone else agree?

> a slighty pissed of horner fan from the UK

At one point, something you said struck me as odd... oh thats right, you refered to Mozart as "crap." Now I understand, film music and classical music are two different things (unless you buy into the idea that film music is America's "classical music" which I really don't.) However, if you enjoy Horner, you should enjoy Mozart since Horner has taken things from Mozart on several occasions (most noticably in the final track of Willow being Confutatis from Mozart's requiem).

Another thing... perhaps Malick wanted to reject the score, but didnt' have enough time. Or perhaps he really enjoyed parts of the score, but really wanted to have the strong Mozart of Wagner influence there too. Don't just assume he wanted to reject the whole thing, directors get the raw end of the deal from us film score fans a lot... I'm sure Malick at least mildly good reasoning ... mildly...

And lastly... Horner doesn't seem to be working with Howard anymore... "Cinderella Man" was Thomas Newman and "The Da Vinci Code" is going to be Zimmer (I'm not looking forward to that... it'll be "Crimson Tide" in even newer packaging).

One thing I'll say for Horner is this... he may reuse, but he offers a good amount of new material everytime as well... Zimmer just takes a score and puts new packaging with it.


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