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Comments about the soundtrack for A Beautiful Mind (James Horner)

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Reminds me of my Glory litening days
• Posted by: David Pintado   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, January 17, 2002, at 5:49 p.m.
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If there is one thing that I have found through listening to this score is that it is a very serious piece. The majority of Horner scores I own are primarily action related and quick paced. I really enjoy this score because it is very slow and serious at times and at others it is very light.

I think this score goes through three stages. The first third of the score we hear mostly of Nash's brilliant, mathematical thought as he was young; the constant changing in steps. The middle is overtaken by Nash's dark side with the slow four note motif that plays over and over with an evolving progression mixed within it. (I don't know anything about music, by the way, so correct me and all if you want) The last portion is mainly of the love theme, which is definitely very sad and happy at the same time (sappy). Not that sappy is bad, I love it!

Anyway, I like the circle that is made in this score. It's very complete, and you feel as if you've undergone the changes Nash has gone through in the film. At some points, it reminds me of how sad I felt listening to Glory. It's a shame that someone stole my cd from Glory. I really liked that one and I haven't been able to bring myself to buy it again.

Another thing I liked about this score was Horner's larger step away from his previous work. It was amazing to hear in the theater and to find out in the credits that (what??) James Horner composed this! I was so used to hearing his four note evil bad-guy motif that I felt greatly relieved at how different this one was. I'm so happy! So much good material lately!

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