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

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• Posted by: Dominic Foley   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, July 6, 2007, at 5:24 p.m.
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• Now Playing: Armageddon soundtrack by Trevor Rabin

I think the review of Enemy At The Gates by Christian Clemmensen and Josh Blackman and some comments about him are very harsh indeed.James Horner would be second best to John Williams if not first in some cases.I dont think people realise when they do reviews on soundtracks how hard it is to come up with a suitable theme and then orchestrate it in a limited time.It take tremendous skill and music knowledge to come up with good themes for movies not to mention someone who can think up many themes in their head.James Horner is one of these fantastic composers.Plus the time it takes to get the right people in to play the music.And James Horner is not a stealer of music.Just because some of his themes are similar and i stress similar doesn't mean he is a stealer of other themes and composers.It would be like saying Keane stole the same type of sound as Coldplay.They didn't they only progressed in the sound they created adding their own style along the way.its like the next step.This is what James Horner has done and i congratulate him on that.

So what if he happens to use his same sound,motifs and in some cases parts of themes in different soundtracks.Every composer did it.Go back to the 17th century and you will find Bach a wonderful composer of cantata's etc of that time and what do you find; he uses the same motifs etc in his music so what is so different about James Horner?? I love to hear his style of orchestration and i love his choice of percussion especially the tubular bells which adds an extra bite to his music.It is especially good in creating the atmosphere in The Perfect Storm and Enemy At The Gates.It adds his own personal touches and personal orchestration into his music like any composer would.

I can't beieve people are dissing him on this soundtrack Enemy At The Getes aswell as The Perfect Storm.For me these two soundtracks out class all of his other soundtacks because of the sound he creates and the themes and his orchestration.I always listen to them.As i'm in an orchestra myself i tend to enjoy the sound more than someone who is not familar with sound,melodies,harmonies,motifs etc.But both soundtracks i mentioned above I would make sure every soundtrack collector out there like me has these two soundtracks.There one of the best out there.


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