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Comments about the soundtrack for Troy (Gabriel Yared/James Horner)
tanja tzarovska

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tanja tzarovska   Saturday, July 31, 2004 (7:23 p.m.) 

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excellent ethnic vocals by tanja tzarovska very tasteful and well done.... not harsh at all....... a good selection by horner to keep her...

want to send e-mail to her and give her a compliment for her vocal quality and sounds.................. is her e-mail address available ???? I saw movie ......... boring but the bulgarian womens choir was excellent good choice and josh groban in duet with tanja tzarovska was excellent ... want to get the cd........................... thanks clint

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Re: tanja tzarovska (and my brief thoughts on the two scores)   Tuesday, September 7, 2004 (11:09 a.m.) 

eh, she sounds better in this version than in the Yared version. In Yared's "Hector's Funeral," it's just her, and it shounds HIDEOUS.

However, both scores have good points and bad points. I am getting tired of that 4-note motif. I'm so pleased to hear Yared using BRASS for a war movie. Paris and Helen in Yared's version is so beautiful.

I wish there were actually more of Horner's score, so I could compare it better LOL.

But I would take Yared's as well. I wouldn't take Horner's back. I am not sure why but I like it LOL. It is possible to like both and say that of course Yared's is superior.

I actually LIKE the song Remember Me, the lyrics haunt me long after I play it. However I'm not one of those idiots who buy the CD just because of that song. I appreciate Horner's effort, but of course that's all it is, an effort.

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Re: tanja tzarovska   Wednesday, October 13, 2004 (10:48 a.m.) 

I have heard Yared’s score and I have to say that it is an amazing work indeed! There is one think I have to say though although I doubt anybody will read this post but anyway : This Tanja Tzarovska singer is really good and well done to Yared for using her in the score and all. The thing is however that it is quite historically wrong, using Slavic singing for a movie about Greek battles. Ancient Macedonia used to be a very big area that covered part of Greece, Albania, today’s Macedonia, and other parts of eastern Europe and was populated by people from many ethnicities of those areas. These people spoke Ancient Greek (not Macedonian?! There is no Macedonian language, its Slavic (ex Yugoslavian)). That’s why its called Greek Mythology. Now after ex Yugoslavia’s separation a part of that area decided they wanted to be called “Macedonia”, which of course they can do if they want to, since that used to be part of ancient Macedonia anyway. This however doesn’t mean that a singer(s) from the country now called Macedonia has anything at all to do with the story of Troy, Achilles, Paris, Helene or Hector and so on. It is exactly like making a story about American Indians and get a country singer to do the song for it because that’s what they sing now over there.

I think that Yared (and Horner) as well should have researched a bit more on this matter and perhaps try to imagine another way of incorporating singing into the score, that would more resemble ancient Greek music.

Thanks a lot for reading this, and let me say once again that Yared’s Troy is an amazing score that should be made available to averybody!

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Re: tanja tzarovska   Wednesday, December 8, 2004 (8:08 a.m.) 

> I have heard Yared’s score and I have to say that it is an amazing work
> indeed! There is one think I have to say though although I doubt anybody
> will read this post but anyway : This Tanja Tzarovska singer is really
> good and well done to Yared for using her in the score and all. The thing
> is however that it is quite historically wrong, using Slavic singing for a
> movie about Greek battles. Ancient Macedonia used to be a very big area
> that covered part of Greece, Albania, today’s Macedonia, and other parts
> of eastern Europe and was populated by people from many ethnicities of
> those areas. These people spoke Ancient Greek (not Macedonian?! There is
> no Macedonian language, its Slavic (ex Yugoslavian)). That’s why its
> called Greek Mythology. Now after ex Yugoslavia’s separation a part of
> that area decided they wanted to be called “Macedonia”, which of course
> they can do if they want to, since that used to be part of ancient
> Macedonia anyway. This however doesn’t mean that a singer(s) from the
> country now called Macedonia has anything at all to do with the story of
> Troy, Achilles, Paris, Helene or Hector and so on. It is exactly like
> making a story about American Indians and get a country singer to do the
> song for it because that’s what they sing now over there.

> I think that Yared (and Horner) as well should have researched a bit more
> on this matter and perhaps try to imagine another way of incorporating
> singing into the score, that would more resemble ancient Greek music.

> Thanks a lot for reading this, and let me say once again that Yared’s Troy
> is an amazing score that should be made available to averybody!

> ….

Just wanted to tell you that Troy is in Turkey and that if you wanted to make an accurate soundtrack you should in fact use turkish singers.
And it is sweet of Tanja to make a lovely tribute to our cousins in the south, and lend them her beautiful voice
I think this thread should stick with reviewing the music however and not become a political discussion since there is a lot of people out there who all have a lot of political opinions (not only yourself)
I mean, there are worse examples of non-fitting singers in soundtracks than a Bulgarian choir and a Macedonian singer in a "greek" film, especially when they all do such a great job
In fact, throughout "balkan" both Bulgaria and Macedonia are known and appreciated for their music

Lovely movie, lovely soundtrack!



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