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

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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at 6:46 p.m.
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• In Response to: Addition Notes!!! (Steven Chang-Lin Yu)

> Man he is lazy alright, I just been listern to Mahler's Symphony No. 8,
> "The Symphony Of Thousnad", there is the theme in the movie
> again!!! Gee!!!

Now listen, I'm sick and tired of hearing people bash Horner for his reuse of themes all over the place. He does it... okay... fair enough. But how often does he really do it? Okay, we have the obvious repetition of theme from "Apollo 13" to "Titanic" and from "Braveheart" to "Casper", "Star Trek II" to "The Rocketeer" but seriously, who really cares? It doesn't bother me any, and if you listen, amidst these "self-rip-offs" Horner employs enough NEW material to keep you intrested! Have you heard "The Four Feathers" sure Kahn's vocals are a little harsh the first time around... or you know, every time around, but after a while they start to mean something to you, and you can start to love them. Plus listen to the gorgeous orchestra preformance of the theme in the last track, its incredible! Please, point out a "self-rip-off" in there. Or even more current, look at "The Missing" a new score from 2003, that is an incredible score! The Native American chants are amazing, and you can't say that they are stolen straight from "Thunderheart" because they are significantly darker. In fact I can only find one thing in that entire score that is even a little re-used. The opening track a flute plays part of the "Braveheart" theme and then stops after like the 5th note. Okay, so this score dissapointed you... okay... that doesn't mean that Horner is incapable of creating new beautiful music... hell, i'll give a few cues to listen to for "ORIGINAL" stuff...

A Beautiful Mind
1. A Kaleidescope of Mathematics
4. Creating Governing Dynamics
The Four Feathers
1. The Makings of a fine soldier
5. To Abou Clea
13. A Coward No Longer
Beyond Borders
The Missing
Basically the whole thing...

Yeah, I'll admit, "Radio" was a little dissapointing and the whole brass whole note at the end of a phrase thing, was good in "The Rocketeer" but its starting to get old too. But that doesn't mean he's stopped completely. Horner is still a talented composer and he is certainly able to produce new, fresh, ideas that will knock your socks off!


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