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

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Re: Standing Ovation for A Beautiful Mind
• Posted by: Dan Sartori   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, April 12, 2002, at 9:59 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Standing Ovation for A Beautiful Mind (Kevin Scott)

> From the onset, I was rather disturbed by Horner's opening prelude, a
> series of arpeggiations against a very tonal background of joy and cheer
> that doesn't set the stage of 1947 Princeton, but more like 1990s downtown
> New York.

You're confusing me. The opening intervals of the score are a minor second, minor third,and perfect fourth in that order, and nowhere in the opening suite did I hear any of the arpeggiations predominate. There were bits and pieces of arpeggiations in the piano and low strings, but they were never in the foreground. The music also cuts right from very schizophrenic-sounding flute octave-jump-and-then-trills along with quick moving key changes to the tonally-based melody - a style of writing that is EXTREMELY appropriate for showing the unpredictability of Nash's mind. Plus the "arpeggiations set against a tonal background" which you dislike don't exist since the arpeggiations are only in the opening section and the tonal bacjground doesn't begin until immediately after that. And who said that just because the BEGINNING of the storyline is set in the 1940s that the whole movie should be written in that style!? That's ridiculous!

> I may be speaking to people whose musical education may not know half of
> what I am saying, but I will put it in lay terms as best as I can.

Are you really a musician or are you just calling yourself one? Because I think the work is fantastically balanced (a most difficult task in a film like this)and really explores the inner psyche not only of Nash, but of each of us.


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