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

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Re: Suprising response
• Posted by: B
• Date: Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 3:54 p.m.
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• In Response to: Suprising response (Matt)

From good composers, you expepct good work. We all have been amazed by much of Horners previous works and we hold him to a higher standard. But no composer should be plagiarizing his work so uniformally throughout the way Horner does in several tracks on this. And after the travesty that was Horner's Bobby Jones, the only thing that will awaken me to his music and make me rave again (which I so want to do) is a grand new score with, perhaps, Hornerisms, but not simply plagiarism.


> I'm shocked at the response this score has received. Indeed "The New
> World" has shades of several Horner works but why has this particular
> one received so much scorning? If I had to choose a few of his better
> scores of the new century, this one would definitely be on the list.

> People have said it sounds an awful lot like "The Missing". That
> score, I felt, was much weaker than this. It had perhaps a little more
> depth, but overall it left me cold. There's much more feeling and love in
> this work, despite its sweetness (which is why I suspect Malick was
> displeased with the end result...and in that regard, I don't blame him.
> This score is lovely on its own, but rather wrong for the film). As for
> the connections to "Braveheart", yes they're there, but not
> nearly they're not nearly so intense as to call it a "Braveheart
> rework". Besides, "Braveheart" is far from an original
> masterpiece (it's slightly overrated actually).

> We must learn to overlook his flaws and just enjoy the music for what it
> is. James Horner is miles away from the finest of composers throughout
> history but his music is still enjoyable. Maybe someone else can help me
> understand why "The New World" has picked up so much controversy
> instead of other more banal Horner works in the past.

> Anyway, the film is stunning and flawed as it is, his use of Wagner and
> Mozart still helped the film.

> Matt

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • Suprising response  (3713 views)
       Matt - Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at 3:21 p.m.
    •      Re: Suprising response  (3292 views)    We're Here
         B - Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 3:54 p.m.
    •    Re: Suprising response  (3239 views)
         CS^TBL - Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 5:33 a.m.
    •    Re: Suprising response  (3377 views)
         Eric - Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at 7:12 p.m.

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