Rather, the first track, "A Way of Life", starts almost inaudibly with gentle ethnic instrumentation on flute and strings. Toward the end of the track, lower strings and bass come in with a darker tone and the theme for Tom Cruise's American character, Nathan Algren, makes its first appearance. It is used here in a slow, dramatic variation before being played in full, backed by the Japanese flute fue , reminiscent of Zimmer's Beyond Rangoon.
The second track, "Spectres in the Fog", introduces the theme for the Samurai on strings backed by koto and rumbling Taiko beats. At the end of the cue, the low brass comes in with a Gladiator -esque action rhythm before the American theme is played out again, this time in a much faster and more dramatic statement. There is a koto motif played behind the Samurai theme in certain variations, most notably tracks 2 and 7, which is also used alone.
The next two tracks build the Samurai theme and the Taiko and koto instrumentation. The theme is played out in full at the end of "Taken. After an extensive and very impressive Taiko performance is the Samurai theme, interspersed with bits of the American theme until the latter is finally played out slowly in full. It really captures the essence of Algren's character beginning to understand the Samurai ways. The mix of the themes is done intricately and subtly. The single most stunning cue on the album comes in the final two minutes of "Idyll's End.
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Ramin Djawadi. In all, Game of Thrones is a triumphant score that reflects the care involved in the entire adaptation. Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Choristers of Westminster Abbey. Braveheart — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the instrumental soundtrack album to the film of the same name composed and conducted by James Horner and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack, comprising 77 minutes of film score, was noticeably successful and was nominated for Best Original Score at the 68th Academy Awards in , but lost to Luis Bacalov's composition to Il Postino.
Horner's score includes a melody that appeared again in his music for Titanic. Instead of glorifying each individual element in its compositional role and mixing at the forefront, Zimmer is more concerned with the overall package. Thus, you are much more likely to hear all of Zimmer's elements together at once, even at lesser volumes, than have a shakuhachi flute, for instance, howl over the top of all the other performers.
The shakuhachi is joined by other ethnic woodwinds, a fiddle, Navajo voice, koto, and, most importantly, the Taiko drums, which pound throughout The Last Samurai with determined resolve. Through these elements, Zimmer creates a score that revolves around textured layers of sound and only slips into an overtly melodic mode during battle sequences.
The themes exhibit Zimmer's usual neo-classical style of melodrama, but they never rise to the level of nobility that was heard in Gladiator. This is a welcomed move, because the largely Western ideas are usually presented through Japanese instrumentation.
The two melodies that develop in their most attractive forms during the moments of reflective underscore exist in the same harmony as in Beyond Rangoon , and, as heard in The Thin Red Line , there is almost always a major-key cello expression underneath the remaining lines in order to elevate that nobility to achieve a greater cinematic effect.
The music is pleasantly accessible for most of its length, following simple harmonies that Western listeners can identify with. The way Zimmer handles the integration of the Eastern instruments and sensibilities into his own styles is similar to the way Basil Poledouris did the same in 's little known The Touch.
The music for The Last Samurai is immediately recognizable as being composed by Zimmer while also stepping through new territory at the same time.
It could be argued, however, that the same detractions from Gladiator also plague, to a lesser extent, The Last Samurai ; that is, Zimmer's insistence on supplying dramatic weight in his music by layering his strings and brass in such a heavy mix, with or without synthetics, that the tone takes on the oppressive weight of an electronic environment. Sometimes, as in Invincible just previously, this technique is superbly rendered. In The Last Samurai , the mixing of the orchestra's fuller performances to sound like its electronically sampled counterparts is clearly the weakness.
When Zimmer kicks the full ensemble in gear with all of the soloists, the added electronically aided depth to each chord is less noticeable and convincingly does its job.Nov 25, · The Last Samurai (Original Motion Picture Score) Hans Zimmer Soundtrack ; Listen on The Dark Knight Rises (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Deluxe Version with 3 Bonus Tracks] Hans Zimmer, Mark Ayres & The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).