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Comments about the soundtrack for Legends of the Fall (James Horner)

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Re: I think this score is a little overrated...
• Posted by: Michael Pipolo   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, December 5, 2004, at 7:57 p.m.
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• In Response to: I think this score is a little overrated... (Cesar)

The problem with this score is that is overthematic....each track is a
> new theme
or a theme already heard....there is no mood music...or
> plain action
just thematic music...again and again...

I knew when I listened to this score that this would be the problem some people had with it. I would even go so far to say that this is THE most dramatic Horner score I have heard to date, with the sound of the London Symphony Orchestra SO "huge" that it may be taken as overdramatic and overwhelming. I, however, don't take it this way (it is my favorite soundtrack).

One strength of this score that I rarely see in a Williams score is that, even though it is nearly all theme-dominated material, it DOES NOT get overly repetitive as does, for example, Glory, Schindler's List, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic Park. Every track in this can actually be distinguished.

I have to disagree with the assertion that it is all thematic with no pure action music, though. WHAT ABOUT Samuel's Death, To The Boys..., and Revenge?

> and no real theme stands out...because
none of them is really GREAT....

I cannot understand this at all. I thought the themes in this were indescribably incredible, with no other themes coming to mind (except perhaps a few in The Land Before Time) rivaling them. Only my opinion, though. I guess I always have been a bit weird (i.e. Listening to almost only classical music and fine scores such as this... a rarity for 15-year-olds, playing the violin, being a computer... well, geek).

Other highly recommended scores (Horner and others):

The Land Before Time (Horner) Difficult to find as of December 2004. Wonderful themes, never degrades to typical (Menken?) cartoon music. For the most part, you wouldn't know it was the score to a cartoon. A bit of borrowing from Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" here and there, anyone agree?

Braveheart (Horner) Repetitive, but the last two tracks alone are worth the price

Willow (Horner) Some great themes, but the action music is not quite great

Titanic (Horner) Haven't seen the movie, don't worship it, it isn't his best, but it's still great

Hook (Williams) Best Williams hero/action (not to mention villain) music, IMHO

Jurassic Park (Williams) Chorally beautiful, but repetitive besides the action music

Schindler's List (Williams) VERY repetitive, yet very admirable

Backdraft (Zimmer) Pretty much only the first and last Zimmer track are really good

Hannibal (Zimmer) Excuse the horrible action music

The Last Samurai (Zimmer) A little repetitive

Dances with Wolves (Barry) Classic, wonderful

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