Ten Tracks Today – 16th August 2011
Posted by Alan Rogers on August 16, 2011
Back to a selection from all my favourite tracks:
The composer’s intriguing orchestration as well as his characteristic use of rhythm shine through in this cue that appeared on one of the sites dedicated to his work.
The repeated use of the theme in the score makes for a tiresome listen of the entire CD, but when heard in small doses this theme is always a pick-me-up when it appears in a random playlist.
A dramatic cue for a score that doesn’t get talked about as much as the music deserves. Blaring brass and subtle use of what sounds like a male chorus add an element of doom to a track that moves between loud drama and eerie suspense.
A short cue of repeating, rhythmic strings and delicate woodwinds makes for an unsettling 60 seconds.
And the unsettling mood continues with the off-kilter music box-styled melody with the pizzicato strings. Goldsmith’s rarely bettered when music with a psychological edge is required. Scary mood music.
The action-oriented, over-the-top feel of this score is the ideal tonic when some of the more “high brow” scores begin to wear me down.
The music for the Laurel and Hardy films always makes me smile and when I discovered The Beau Hunks’ re-recordings of the old music from their films it was an immediate purchase. The capture the whole feel of the period and of the duo’s escapades 100%.
I have almost lost count how many versions of this score I have. But each one has a place in anyone’s collection. Herrmann’s music (by far) attracts me more than Alfred Newman’s (also excellent) music. Herrmann captures such a mood of sadness in this score.
Goodness knows what the track title means but this cue is excellent. Some standard eerie suspense music that is elevated (no pun intended!) by some excellent rhythms in the strings as well as some pounding percussion.
The battle of good and evil ends with good triumphing! The main theme for this score is such a beautiful composition and gets a good airing in this track. A lovely cue for strings.