Elf [Original Motion Picture Score]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206652529
  • Catalog Number: 066525

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
Christine Ermacoff 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
John Mitchell J. Bassoon
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
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
Daniel F. Savant Trumpet
Michael C. Watts Keyboards
Steven Schaeffer Percussion
Steven Holtman Trombone
David Duke Horn
Tomas Raney Percussion
Marlow Fisher Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Steven Becknell Horn
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
Pat Sullivan Mastering
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 Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
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