The Star Maker

Years ago when he scored THE THING, Ennio Morricone remarked on how that score was about “nothing happening”. The suspenseful, anticipatory ambiance he sustained in that score hinted at something happening, but “nothing happens”. His new score for THE STAR MAKER would have been as appropriate a score for THE THING because it’s one of…

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Hellraiser: Bloodline

Daniel Licht serves up a likable score that follows the efforts of Christopher Young and Randy Miller on the horror series’ first three outings. Like them, Licht has composed a dynamic, ascending main theme. Full-blooded (blood-soaked might be a better designation, considering the graphic excesses taken by the series) orchestration enlivens the musical drama, mixing…

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Edward Scissorhands

Danny Elfman has been the victim of some rather spiteful jibes in the recent past, all of which have created the enduring image of the composer as a jumped up pop muso, writing scores by whistling fragments of melody to his brood of overworked orchestrators. Critics pointed to the likes of MIDNIGHT RUN and WISDOM…

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The Film Music of Allyn Ferguson Vol. 2

Allyn Ferguson’s music for producer Norman Rosemont’s well received 1982 TV film is light years removed from Rozsa’s score for the 1952 feature film. This is a far more intimate score emphasising the reflective and romantic aspects of the story. Whilst the themes are not unattractive, particularly the source cues such as ‘King John’s Party’,…

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Winds of War

After years of remaining virtually unseen (or more correctly, unheard), composer Bob Cobert has suddenly reappeared with a very fine score for the ABC television mini-series, THE WINDS OF WAR, directed by Dan Curtis. A textbook example of leitmotif scoring, THE WINDS OF WAR contains several major themes for the lead characters, including the surging…

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Far from the Madding Crowd

A score well-deserving of reissue on CD, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is one of the Richard Rodney Bennett’s finest efforts and its appearance is most welcome. “Overture and Storm” provides the CD with a dramatic opening, beginning with strings playing a sweeping arrangement of the main theme. This soon crescendos into the music for…

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Dragonheart: A New Beginning

I’m going to start my review of DRAGONHEART “with the old chestnut why doesn’t this composer get more work?” It pains me to see talentless hacks rise to the top of the scoring ladder while imaginative, artistic composers like Mark McKenzie are stuck doing orchestrations for other people and scoring straight-to-video sequels like this movie….

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