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

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Re: The Holsts are wrong.
• Posted by: johnno   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009, at 4:12 p.m.
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• In Response to: The Holsts are wrong. (CS_TBL)
• Now Playing: Gladiator - The Battle

Absolutely right, and moreover Planet Mars is in 5/4 while The Battle is in 3/4 , which's completely different rhythm. It sounds also more modern because of Zimmer trademark.

In my opinon, Alan Silvestri and john williams have gone way beyond, Zimmer, in copying holst mars. And actually NOBODY complained about that.

I think Gladiator impact on the soundtrack world is so high that it must have some detractors. It has always been li;e this in history of art.
Lot of people hate picasso, lot of people love mozart and others hate him.
I think it means Gladiator soundtrack has his place in history of film scores.

A few things that Gladiator invented / re-invented :

-the use of duduk in film score. Count how many film scores used the duduk after.
- the use of an ethnic voice
- Gladiator re-invented the "Hans zimmer action sound" , these staccato rhythms , overlaid with brass staccatos, and big choirs. That was something I had never heard before Gladiator ! And now count how many tv series , tv show are trying to copy this ?

Nomatter what the guardian of Good taste in soundtracks ( = clemmensen ) think , Gladiator is a freakin amazing score. It was the first time a peplum movie had a score like this. The idea of that hispanic feeling all over the score, mixed with big action part , ethereal cues with the help of lisa gerrard voice. This modern symphonic sound, The duduk ... wow the first time I heard this , I was literally in amazement.

Thank you Hans !

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  • The Holsts are wrong.  (7341 views)
       CS_TBL - Monday, September 15, 2008, at 2:52 p.m.
    •      Re: The Holsts are wrong.  (7333 views)    We're Here
         johnno - Sunday, April 12, 2009, at 4:12 p.m.

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