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Comments about the soundtrack for Troy (Gabriel Yared/James Horner)
Obsessive compulsive composing


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Pogel Adler
Obsessive compulsive composing   Thursday, July 8, 2004 (6:02 a.m.) 

What is it with Horner and that damned four note motif that seems to appear in every single one of his scores, saving a precious few? Did he have someone in his youth repeteadly whistle it into his ear as he lay in his crib, having fitful nightmares? Fair enough, it's simple and effective and it worked well in Willow and Braveheart and some others - but TROY? It was horribly annoying, overused, and overbombastic. OK, you'd expect the music to be bombastic, it's an epic movie and all that but - can Horner not find some other theme for evil? I mean, listening to the Rocketeer you almost have a tear in your eye it is so effective. And then someone whistles those four notes. And then you burst out crying, not because of its' effective, but because you know you'll never, ever get it out of your mind without some kind of surgical intervention. That's it. I suggest starting a 'Stop James Horner' fund and pay for him having therapy involving that motif, a large hammer and perhaps corkscrews. Amazing composer, though. Except for that damn motif.

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Pogel Adler
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Re: Obsessive compulsive composing   Sunday, July 11, 2004 (9:02 a.m.) 

That might actually be the reason for all his music "declining". Like tinnitus he can't get rid of it and can't write scores anymore...

Or he just was under such enormous pressure that he couldn't think of anything else in that time...

Which must be sort of true, even the "Troy" theme seems to be some weird mutilation of that motif.

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