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

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Re: Horners Endless repetations
• Posted by: Sean Raduechel   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, April 7, 2002, at 9:56 a.m.
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• In Response to: Horners Endless repetations (Klen)

> I havent listened to ABM yet , but i think heres the right place to
> critisize the problem i have with horner.
i got many soundtracks
> composed by horner , from StarTrek II over Willow to Enemy at the Gates.
Yesterday I listened to many of them , and its unbelievable : in the
> 1989 Willow Score its one Theme which is identically used in Enemy at the
> Gates.Then I listen to enemy at the gates.Here he uses a theme which
> sounds a bit similar to Schindlers List.but its also a theme he uses in
> Apollo13.
And this way it goes on , he composes one main theme , and
> the rest he fills with variations of older themes or underthemes he once
> composed.
If you really want to enjoy a horner soundtrack you cant
> listen to some of them in a short period of time.Otherwise youŽll really
> be bothered of this endless repeations.
dont get me wrong,im a big
> horner fan , and i think heŽs one of the greatest movie composers ever ,
> but i hope ill hear a soundtrack of him where he doesnt uses any of his
> older themes.

I have several other scores by Horner, and although I would never really claim myself to be a fan of any particular composer, I too enjoy Horner's work. Although I have only heard Willow's main theme, I can tell you this, there are really only a few others that Horners repitition occurs in that they are not really just extensions of his style and tend to kill the scores significance. The two that I know of are Bicentenial Man and, believe it or not, Titanic. Bicentenial Man is almost a duplication of Braveheart, Deep Impact, and Land Before Time, two of which I can claim to be original since all accusations on them are just extensions of Horner's style (like his preference to use large choral arrangments). Titanic, having just realized this recently, is actually heavily, too heavily I might add, modelled after The Rocketeer. In conclusion, you put up a good point, but as my friends and I like to say, there are only a limited number of notes that can be used in a limited number of ways. Besides, if you really look closely, you'll see that Horner is not the only one to do that.

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