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Comments about the soundtrack for The Passion of the Christ (John Debney)

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Really? "Nothing loving about this music for Jesus"?
• Posted by: Clint Morgan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 2:50 p.m.
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That's a harsh statement, but I guess it comes down to what exactly the reviewer thinks "loving" should sound like. There are a handful of moments in this score that I think sound very "loving". For instance, I find the track "Mary Goes to Jesus" extremely beautiful in its musical portrayal of Mary running to the aid of her wounded son. The achingly sad melody featured in this track conveys the anguish and the love of a grieving mother. Another moment is in "Crucifixion" when Jesus is being nailed to the cross. This track seems very much inspired by a Vaughan Williams piece with its Romantic textures and dominant strings. Whenever I watch this scene, I tear up as soon as the strings start playing. I'm not sure why Clemmenson thinks there's nothing loving about this music when it really adds an emotional weight to the film. Then again, I might be biased since I am a supporter of this film and the score. Both mean very much to me.

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