Elf [Original Motion Picture Score]

Elf [Original Motion Picture Score]

by John Debney
     
 
John Debney's score for John Favreau's Christmas comedy Elf is, like the movie, a hyperstylized and witty celebration of all things Christmas. The largely orchestral score sounds like a parody of the incessant holiday Muzak heard in shopping malls around that time of the year, particularly on tracks like "Main Title" and "Papa Elf."

Overview

John Debney's score for John Favreau's Christmas comedy Elf is, like the movie, a hyperstylized and witty celebration of all things Christmas. The largely orchestral score sounds like a parody of the incessant holiday Muzak heard in shopping malls around that time of the year, particularly on tracks like "Main Title" and "Papa Elf." Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" is another major influence, particularly on the tiptoeing "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies"-like "A Stroll With Buddy" and "Weird Wonderland." Tracks like "Buddy's Theme" and "Santa's in Trouble" occasionally dip into schmaltz, but for the most part the score manages to be festive and funny without becoming too sugary, particularly on "A Snowman's Advice." Humorous cues such as "A Walk in the Park" and "Attack of the Little People" owe quite a bit to classic cartoon music, particularly the work of Carl Stalling. While it's not quite as distinctive as Elf itself, Debney's score is still funny and apt for the film, and may appeal to some of its fans outside that context.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206652529
catalogNumber:
066525

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Debney   Primary Artist,Conductor
Jim Walker   Flute
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Phil Ayling   Oboe
Robert Becker   Viola
William Booth   Trombone
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Ronald Clark   Violin
Larry Corbett   Celli
Joel Derouin   Violin
Assa Drori   Violin
Arni Egilsson   Bass
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Rick Gerding   Viola
Julie Gigante   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Terry Harrington   Clarinet
Dan Higgins   Flute
Patricia Johnson   Violin
James Kanter   Clarinet
Dennis Karmazyn   Celli
Peter Kent   Violin
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
David Low   Celli
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Rene Mandel   Violin
Malcolm McNabb   Trumpet
Edward Meares   Bass
Joe Meyer   Horn
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Maria Newman   Viola
Robin Olson   Violin
Claudia Parducci   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Jay Rosen   Violin
Terrence Schonig   Percussion
Jim Self   Tuba
Polly Sweeney   Violin
Brad Warnaar   Horn
Gayle Levant   Harp
John Walz   Celli
Donald Williams   Percussion
Brian D. O'Connor   Horn
James V. Ross   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Dan Savant   Trumpet
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Robert Sanders   Trombone
Liane Mautner   Violin
Rick Mitchell   Oboe
Charles Nenneker   Bass
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Daniel F. Savant   Trumpet
Michael C. Watts   Keyboards
Steven Schaeffer   Percussion
Steven Holtman   Trombone
David Duke   Horn
Tomas Raney   Percussion
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Celli
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
John Mitchell   Bassoon
Matthew Funes   Viola
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Ray Colcord   Composer
Shawn Murphy   Score Mixer
Robert Townson   Executive Producer
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Wolfgang Amadeus   Score
Frank Bennett   Orchestration
John Debney   Composer,Producer
Jon Favreau   Executive Producer
Lori Silfen   Music Executive
Bob Bowen   Music Executive
Mitch Rotter   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Don Nemiz   Orchestration
Nico Carmine   Contributor
Aaron Marin   Score Coordinator
John F.X. Walsh   Music Executive
Aaron Martin   Score Coordinator
T.J. Lindgren   Pro-Tools

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