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The Musketeer
(2001)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd
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Decca Records
(September 11th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're so desperate to hear David Arnold return to the glory days of his 1990's bombast that you'll except it in a form that is largely devoid of unique style or personality.

Avoid it... if almost perpetual ruckus in the vast majority of cues is too overwhelming to tell a balanced musical story, or if you expect to hear the film version of the score on this re-recorded album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #367
WRITTEN 8/31/01, REVISED 1/30/09
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The Musketeer: (David Arnold) Within a span of ten years in the 1990's and early 2000's, Hollywood adapted Alexandre Dumas' legendary story of "The Three Musketeers" story into three substandard motion pictures. Peter Hyam's The Musketeer was final of these entries, and with a terrible cast and careless direction, it has often been criticized as the worst of the lot. The basic plot of swashbuckling story set in 17th Century France is intact, but The Musketeer gives you little reason to renew your interest in the topic. It's a production in which every element was phoned in; a distinct lack of unique style in this picture reveals that the crew and studio saw this endeavor for its box office potential rather than as fine art. One of those who offered predictable workmanship of serviceable but not spectacular quality was composer David Arnold, who used the project as an opportunity to revisit the glorious style of action heard in his Independence Day period. In the mid-90's, Arnold was quickly rising as the uncontested king of orchestral bombast, the newest phenomenon to challenge the swashbuckling themes of John Williams. Arnold's scores for Stargate and Independence Day specifically created a new fan base for the composer, especially with those two works re-used extensively in commercials, public displays, and other venues. Later in the decade, around the time of the somewhat underachieving Godzilla, Arnold began to combine his orchestral talents with his roots in the rock, hip hop, and electronic genres. His popular James Bond scores were a mix of both of Arnold's two talents, with the stylish score for Shaft finally drawing the composer nearly entirely away from the mainstream listeners he had acquired earlier in the decade. After another black culture score in 2001 (the once again serviceable Baby Boy), Arnold returned without reservation to the genre of scoring that made him famous. Collectors who missed this unequivocal style of bombast were delighted with Arnold's return to the production of orchestral might. At the very least, it proved that Arnold could switch between scores like Baby Boy and The Musketeer at will. Unfortunately, The Musketeer marked the composer's last mighty symphonic work for many years.



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Pirates should've sounded like this...
theFUZZ008 - January 12, 2008, at 12:25 a.m.
1 comment  (1964 views)
Date of release
Sam I Am - March 20, 2006, at 9:03 p.m.
1 comment  (2267 views)
recording sessions - statement by arnold
Mark - 224 - January 5, 2006, at 2:24 p.m.
1 comment  (2633 views)
Grand Themes, softer themes.
Davio - March 22, 2003, at 4:28 a.m.
1 comment  (2956 views)
Theme ripoff?   Expand >>
Jon Cohen - September 1, 2002, at 10:18 p.m.
2 comments  (3112 views)
Newest: September 13, 2002, at 7:08 p.m. by
Ashi-taka469
help finding trailer song
jim - April 16, 2002, at 10:43 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:39
• 1. Main Title (2:15)
• 2. I Will Find Him (4:47)
• 3. Fight Inn (1:51)
• 4. D'artagnan and Francesca (2:18)
• 5. Jailhouse Ruck (3:03)
• 6. Mansion Impossible (2:36)
• 7. The Riot Begins (4:39)
• 8. Coach Chase (4:59)
• 9. Down by the River (2:28)
• 10. Prepare Duschamp for Hell (1:18)
• 11. Ride for Paris (1:51)
• 12. Febre (1:37)
• 13. All for One... (3:41)
• 14. The Change (2:36)
• 15. Scaling the Tower (2:33)
• 16. Ladder Fight (2:55)
• 17. Ceremony (4:12)

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