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Fields of Freedom
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Trevor Jones

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Geoff Alexander

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Contemporary Media Recordings (Promo)

Release Date:
October, 2007

Also See:
Dark City
Last of the Mohicans

Audio Clips:
3. The Test of Leadership (0:30):
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Real Audio (179K)

4. The Great Bombardment (0:30):
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5. Peacemakers for Posterity (0:31):
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Real Audio (179K)

8. They Also Served (0:29):
WMA (193K)  MP3 (239K)
Real Audio (168K)

Limited release, available primarily through Trevor Jones' official web site.


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Buy it... if you might enjoy measured variants of Trevor Jones' rhythmic styles from Dark City and Last of the Mohicans underlying the composer's typically respectful themes of broad scope.

Avoid it... if you maintain only a limited collection of Jones' scores, for most of the ideas in Fields of Freedom have been explored with more ambitious results in other efforts.

Fields of Freedom: (Trevor Jones) The Greystone Films company has produced a variety of historical documentary dramas over the past twenty years, including short films for both television and special venues. Their efforts of 2006 were centered around Fields of Freedom and We Fight to Be Free, both of which featuring the music of veteran composer Trevor Jones. Fields of Freedom, a half-hour large-screen format film, was produced for the Gateway Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, debuting on a newly constructed, nearly IMAX sized screen for visitors to the historic Gettysburg National Military Park in March of 2006. While a film of several hours would be necessary to cover the many excruciating days of the entire battle, the thirty minutes of Fields of Freedom would concentrate on the experiences of two specific soldiers involved on each side of Pickett's Charge, arguably the most disastrous climax of the battle. The technical aspects of the production are its most highly advertised, with a suitable location in Maryland serving as the battlefield and considerable attention given to the visual and aural effects for the explosive battle scenes. No expense was spared when the score was involved, either. With no recognizable actors seen and few notable names on the crew (other than George H. W. Bush, who narrates the Gettysburg Address), Trevor Jones is the star of the occasion. As usual, he records with the always-capable London Symphony Orchestra, which also receives its due mention atop the credits. Jones would combine the power of the famed ensemble with some synthetic aides to produce a score that is likely to be among the highlights of the production's showings. He would infuse traditional tunes from the era in much the same way that previous Civil War scores have done, though outside of these occasional references, Jones' original material is easily identifiable as holding true to his established styles of composition and arrangement. Jones' score runs wall to wall in the film and opens with a respectful title theme one minute into the first cue. Performed by high strings and trumpet, this theme isn't quite as expansive in scope as some of Jones' more famous entries of similar nobility.

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The title theme is very faithfully integrated into all of the score's contexts, with an increased tempo in a cue like "Lines of Engagement" and painted with broader strokes on the strings in "Peacemakers for Posterity." Both the progressions of the theme and the use of brass counterpoint under string performances place the theme squarely in Jones' typical style of dramatic statement. A secondary theme for the action sequences debuts in "The Test of Leadership" and continues throughout the score. The string motif that churns underneath the bars preceding this theme will remind listeners of the famous rhythm of the "Elk Hunt" cue from Last of the Mohicans, but without the obvious synthetic bass tones. The resonating brass of this theme, especially when accompanied by rhythms even more frenetic ("The Great Bombardment" and "In God We Trust," for instance), approach the impressively chaotic action of Dark City, though never does Fields of Freedom really let loose with the same frightening level of bombast. Later in the score, especially in "They Also Served," an electric bass effect is provided by synthesizer (this cue's middle minute would also share a progression of shifts very similar to John Barry's flying-scene rhythms in High Road to China), reminding of Randy Edelman's treatment of the subject in Gettysburg. Perhaps the most impressive element in Fields of Freedom is Jones' usual fury of percussion, which goes beyond the stereotypical snare rips for this kind of film and is mixed with a wet ambience to a great effect in some cues (especially at the outset of "The Test of Leadership"). Overall, there isn't much in Fields of Freedom that Jones collectors won't have heard from the composer before, and one could argue that each aspect of the score has been provided in more impressive packages in his other works. But it's a functional score that will maintain your interest for its short running time. The album is a limited entry from Jones' Contemporary Media Recordings label that has served to distribute television scores like Cleopatra and Dinotopia in the past ten years. Jones collectors will enjoy the reasonable pricing of the album from the composer's own web site, and should be delighted by the prospect of subsequent pseudo-promotional releases from Jones in the near future. *** Price Hunt: CD or Download

Bias Check:For Trevor Jones reviews at Filmtracks, the average editorial rating is 3.78 (in 18 reviews)
and the average viewer rating is 3.43 (in 24,499 votes). The maximum rating is 5 stars.

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 Track Listings: Total Time: 29:52

• 1. Conflict at Gettysburg (2:06)
• 2. "Stonewall Jackson's Way" (1:05)
• 3. The Test of Leadership (1:20)
• 4. The Great Bombardment (4:54)
• 5. Peacemakers for Posterity (3:24)
• 6. In God We Trust (4:00)
• 7. Lines of Engagement (1:51)
• 8. They Also Served (2:33)
• 9. Valley of the Shadow of Death (5:17)
• 10. Destiny of a Nation (3:29)

 Notes and Quotes:  

The insert includes no extra information about the score or film.

  All artwork and sound clips from Fields of Freedom are Copyright © 2007, Contemporary Media Recordings (Promo). The reviews and other textual content contained on the site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of Filmtracks Publications. Audio clips can be heard using RealPlayer but cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 11/2/07 (and not updated significantly since). Review Version 5.1 (PHP). Copyright © 2007-2015, Christian Clemmensen (Filmtracks Publications). All rights reserved.