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Comments about the soundtrack for Braveheart (James Horner)

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Fine and decent score
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• Posted by: Will   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, June 13, 2005, at 6:48 p.m.
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This is a very fine piece of work that was done by Horner. Although the reviewer constantly argues that Legend of the Falls or Apollo 13 has better technical merits, I find Braveheart more enjoyable to listen to than the rest of those two. This soundtrack was what got me started in movie soundtracks and many other newcomers, (even though many wouldnít want to admit it). I have listen to all three of his soundtracks. Donít let the minor details fool you on whether borrowing is so bad. More important about a filmtrack is the appropriateness within the movieís context. As long as pieces are not blatantly written in the same way, the soundtrack is unique in itself. I have heard many other composers which have borrowed to degrees of their own work. A good soundtrack will leave an impression on you after listening it and stays within your mind. One soundtrack that really shows more of Hornerís self-rip off is from (cogh..coghÖ.Titanic), derived clearly from Apollo 13 from percussion section and from Braveheartís bag pipes in the beginning. It is quite confusing why continually reviewers place special attention to Apollo 13, which offer some trumpet and French horns solos that work extremely well. However, I found some of the tracks that donít match the same power in Braveheart. If those people who prefer to listen to other stuff from Horner other than Celtic style, go for Mask of Zorro.

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