Posted by: Daniel Ball <Send E-Mail> Date: Sunday, April 1, 2001, at 10:35 a.m. IP Address: spider-tj062.proxy.aol.com
While I haven't heard a majority of the dramatic Williams scores of the 90s, I can safely say that The Patriot has a lot more to offer for the TESB-era Williams fan than say Hook or Jurassic Park. In "First Ambush and Remembering the Wilderness", I would be an idiot if I said Ben Martin's monologue about his French and Indian War days weren't a bit reminiscent of Quint's USS Indianapolis monologue from Jaws. Once I finally saw the movie and heard the music, I thought, "My goodness! He's still got it in him to score! That's the Indianapolis story!" No doubt about it, either! But the added trumpet solo in the background gives the campfire "Ghost" story scene a more haunting, malevolent overtone (in addition to Mel's graphic monologue).
I think it's a bit interesting that Williams is working with violinist Mark O'Connor for violin solos, after having worked on Seven Years in Tibet-soloist Yo Yo Ma. Both O'Connor and Ma just released "Appalachian Journey" with Edgar Meyer. Just a bit of worthless trivia. The violin solo has a better composition to go through than the cello solo from 7YIT, but Ma just does a better job of playing, I think.