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

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The Middle School Rule: only dorks like Horner
• Posted by: Sean Raduechel   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, April 12, 2002, at 10:36 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: All these anti-Hornerists, go home! (Dan Sartori)

> I agree with you completely. I would like to point out that most of life
> IS repetition (one's routine) and that John Nash most likely had to
> struggle with repeating the same feelings and thought patterns all his
> life. I think that the main difference between Williams and Horner is a
> basic difference in style. Horner FAR outdistances Williams when it comes
> to more mellow, introverted scores - a major disappointment I have of
> Williams is that he seems to shy away from works that don't break out into
> full-fledged orchestral might in every other cue. Even his best attempts
> at this type of scoring (The Patriot, Schindler's List) fall far short of
> Horner's exquisite contributions. Glory is a classic example of a
> self-controlled soundtrack in a film which keeps the whole situation in a
> very small context. Williams is a wonderful composer, don't get me wrong,
> but he plainly lacks the ability to create a score that can move you
> without forcing you to be moved, if you get my drift. Williams' style of
> composition is much better suited to powerful and pompous movies. I think
> the reason why Williams is given the huge amount of praise that he is is
> primarily because people in America like powerful music.

I think Dan has a point, although when it comes to a score I prefer a well balanced combination of both power and grace. One thing that I do disagree on, however, is the reason why Williams is so popular. I think it is because he has composed works for some of the most well known and well liked films. For example, I had not heard of Legends of the Fall until a few years ago, but I grew up knowing most everything about Indiana Jones and Star Wars, and even Jaws. It pretty much is just like being back in middle school, you have to like what is in or else you're not cool.

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