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Comments about the soundtrack for The Shawshank Redemption (Thomas Newman)

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A true masterpiece
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• Posted by: Sheridan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, September 8, 2006, at 5:23 a.m.
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This score is full of interesting orchestral solutions and motifs.There are excellent string work,brasses,percussion and piano and guitar work.There are cues consist of playful sounds,which performed by a guitar and strings to illustrate the maddeningly monotonous work of the prisoners,while other tracks are much darker,omenous and suspenseful cues to reflect to the hardships of prison.There are sad and elegiac,yet relaxing tracks which illustrate the longing of the prisoners for better life conditions,and their longing to get back theit previous life conditions.There are tracks which reflect to the plotting of the prisoners as they try to find a way to get out without the notice of the jail keepers/jailers.
These cues both illustrate their determination and precaution.In my opinion,the most wonderful and enjoyable tracks are those which are both dramatic and uplifting at the same time,both hopeful and dramatic,this tracks illustrate that the prisoners,despite the hard conditions of the prison,have faith,and believe that this faith will help them to survive the harsh conditions of prison.Ethereal strings which are both uplifting,relaxing,sad and elegiac,brasses which are both gentle and soft and powerful at the same time will bring you to soundtrack heaven.These cues reflect to the ultimate triumph of hope and faith over despair in seemingly hopeless situations.A true masterpiece.

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