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Comments about the soundtrack for Enemy at the Gates (James Horner)

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Re: Trumpet motif
• Posted by: Stefan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at 9:52 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Trumpet motif (Bryant Hinkle Opeil)

> If you want to know why it is simple. James Horner does not fear taking
> music that he has already written and reworking it. He's unique in the
> fact that he takes a known theme and puts it in a different contex. I
> don't know why it is driving you crazy. John Williams does much the same.
> He uses his Raiders of the Lost ark fight music in almost every movie.
> Michael Kamen....he's the real problem. His them for From the Earth to the
> Moon was nothing more than a poorly reworked Robin Hood theme. He uses the
> Die hard music in about everything he does and he has been known to use
> some of Horner's material. The thing you need to understand about James
> Horner is that he does not repeat himself to drive you crazy...he reworks
> his material to show you that his music is able to expand upon any movie
> at any time. So if the four note motif is driving you crazy just stop
> listening to it. Thanks

I'm afraid I have to disagree. The first time I ever heard that 4-note motif, I was blown away. It was used to perfection in Willow. However, if Horner were just "reworking" this idea, it wouldn't sound exactly the same in every score. It would be one thing to play around with this theme between various textures and even moods. However, Horner just uses trumpets the repeatedly (and I stress repeatedly) to blast this motif into our skulls. I do agree that Horner gets a lot undeserved bashing, but as a composer myself, I have to say that this is valid.

Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • What?? It's the same music over again!  (6518 views)
       Levente Benedek - Friday, May 11, 2001, at 9:27 a.m.
    •    Trumpet motif  (6619 views)
         Diego - Monday, May 14, 2001, at 7:48 p.m.
      •    Re: Trumpet motif  (6931 views)
           Bryant Hinkle Opeil - Thursday, June 28, 2001, at 8:34 p.m.
        •      Re: Trumpet motif  (6463 views)    We're Here
             Stefan - Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at 9:52 p.m.
    •    Recy-killed by his own themes  (6266 views)
         curufinwe - Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at 6:52 a.m.

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