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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (James Horner)

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• Posted by: Fraley
• Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at 3:49 p.m.
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• In Response to: The score is not that good the second (Pizzaboy)

To each his own, as they say. I concur completely with the ***** rating. I find this to be a wonderfully sweeping score, and I have a hard time imagining the film without it. As for the theme, its worth pointing out that Horner's theme and Goldsmith's theme are coming from completely different corners. Goldsmith was going for a more fanfare-style theme, easily hummable and performed primarily by the brass section, frequently with rhythmic snare drums accompanying it. Horner was aiming for a more sweeping, almost nastalgic sound, focusing on the string section and utilizing very little percussion. Goldmsmith tried for bold and heroic. Horner tried for bittersweet and emotional. I feel both composers succeeded in evoking the emotion they wanted to. I think Horner's heart-felt theme for ST-II was more appropriate for the film then Goldsmith's due to the nature of the film. It wasn't about "boldly going where no man has gone before", it was about loneliness, loss, and revenge. A great score for a great film.

> In addition to thath I shall be more precise. Batle in the Mutara Nebula.
> Sounds great without the film. But what about the cue heared in the film?
> I think it doesn't fit at all.

> There are other passages, as well.

> What about the second integration of the Courage theme in the Main Titles?
> Doesn't that sound somehow wiered and not fitting at all?

> I don't know, but the best Star Trek score was and remains TMP, if not for
> it's definate superior theme then for it's originality and masterfully
> fellows such as ST5, First Contact, Nemesis and by far the second best ST
> score Insurrection.

> Horner's music was wrong for the film. Even if the approach to the score
> was diffrent, Goldsmith would have habdled it a lot better and his theme
> would have served better.

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