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

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Re: Horner's version was better...
• Posted by: Wilczak   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
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• In Response to: Horner's version was better... (Scorehound)
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I won't sue you for being a Horner purist, but I'll shake my head at you for thinking Horner's soundtrack is superior to Jared's. Zorro, Troy, Avatar, and Enemy at the Gates didn't just have "snippets" of Horner's style. They ALL had an excessively played four-note motif that makes me and possibly Christian Clemmensen cringe. It shows that Horner doesn't really have the courage to try anything new with his action pieces, so all these soundtracks are self-referencing and distracting from the movie.

There are great exceptions like The Amazing Spider-man and Braveheart, but if I hear the "danger motif" even once, I role my eyes. Horner uses it in The Greek Army and its Defeat, along with many terrible transitions. Jared's Battle of Arrows is far superior with its themes for Greece and Troy battling it out with greater purpose.

I definitely skip the wailing women tracks on Jared's soundtrack, which are unlistenable. However, the director could've easily asked Jared to make some changes. Isn't that what directors do? Direct! Instead he was lazy, chose a different composer, and mashed it all together in a D-cut later. It goes to show the director wasn't very good. As a whole, the movie would've been terrible either way, but Jared would've at least captivated us with his all-powerful Greek theme.

Yes, I am a James Horner purist. Sue me. I have been in love with his work
> since I first heard his score for Braveheart back in 1995, and have been
> defending him and his work since then.

> That being said, I purchased Yared's score from Ebay a few years ago,
> having heard so much pomp about how great it was. I heard a snippet of his
> track "Approach of the Greeks" and was initially captivated by
> it. So I bought it...

> ...and was very disappointed. It was loud. Too much wailing and moaning of
> voices. No rhythm. The melodies were weak, and the thematic development
> was mediocre at best. I compared it to Horner's album, and put Yared's
> album back on EBay. Horner, despite his tendency to use snippets of his
> past scores simply does a better job crafting his themes and his music is
> purer and less of an annoyance. And the "wailing women" kind of
> voice work that Horner employs is less intrusive of my eardrums than
> Yared's version.

> THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: If you haven't already, DO NOT buy Peterson's
> "Troy: The Director's Cut". Peterson hacked Horner's score,
> added Danny Elfman's score to Planet of the Apes for the battle music for
> Hector and Achilles and replaced entire sections of emotional music with
> Yared's wailing women cues. Horner's score is a mess in the director's cut
> and the mix of styles between Yared and Horner is a sin to film making.

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