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Comments about the soundtrack for Gladiator (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard)

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Re: It must be hebrew
• Posted by: Illarane
• Date: Friday, February 17, 2006, at 8:19 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: It must be hebrew (Phaedra)

> Short answer: she calls it melismatic singing, and has stated numerous


> apparatus to a purely musical use.

> But, returning to the original point, it's certainly not Hebrew.

Nail, head, hammer.

This song isn't in any particular language. The closest language in terms of actual sound is Gaelic, however it isn't Gaelic, modern or not. This song is sung from the heart with the meaning coming from the sounds of the words and not the words themselves. I compose a lot of music and have used this to my advantage a lot (in soundtracks and title sequences, for example). It drives people crazy trying to translate it, because it's impossible. One thing I do notice, when I go back and read my scores, is that the lyrics do seem to follow similar patterns to natural languages, for example, when I want something to imply peace or similar I'll use one set of sounds, when I want it to sound cold and callous or foreboding I'll use others. Melismatic singing, as Lisa calls it, is a very powerful tool that's employed by many composers.

So yeah; not Hebrew, not Gaelic, not anything, just sounds. But preety. This song twigs at the back of my neck when I hear it, hehehe.

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