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Comments about the soundtrack for Dragonslayer (Alex North)

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A different opinion
• Posted by: Karel   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, June 23, 2006, at 7:07 a.m.
• IP Address: c13120118-i.let.rug.nl

I couldn't agree less with the review above. Evere since I've first seen the film I've relished the score. It's a more expressive film than most in it's genre, and the score reflects that very well. True it doesn't abound with straightforward leitmotivic statements, but it makes up for that in it's rich sounds and textures.
Furthermore a standard genre-soundtrack would have done this film a disservice.
A score like Willow's is fine in a film like Willow, where within five seconds of watching you know who the heroes and villains of the piece are going to be, but Dragonslayer has more grey areas. The characters all have their own motivations, and not everyone turns out to be as they first seemed.
North's score is the perfect accompinement for this more murky outlook on fantasy. It also reflects the period (although exactly what period and place it is supposed to take place are just as foggy as the shooting location) better than any film set in the middle ages that I know. I love it's quasi-medieval rhythms and the way North used an old german choirpiece as the theme for the preacher.
Taken on it's own it's not an easy thing to listen to, I will agree, if you're not a big fan of twentieth century musical innovation, but within the film it works wonders.






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