Patriot

Patriot

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Academy Award-winning composer John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, E. T.) brings his signature dramatic flair to the score for "The Patriot," a historical adventure set during the American revolution. Mel Gibson stars as an American father who reluctantly becomes a hero in order to protect hisSee more details below

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Academy Award-winning composer John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, E. T.) brings his signature dramatic flair to the score for "The Patriot," a historical adventure set during the American revolution. Mel Gibson stars as an American father who reluctantly becomes a hero in order to protect his family against the relentless British assault. Williams captures the spirit of young America on his first score of the new millennium by incorporating marching cadences and lively piccolos into an operatic, classical foundation. Virtuoso fiddler Mark O’Connor, who's collaborated with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Yo-Yo Ma, provides the tender violin solos that carry many of the soundtrack's themes. Flaunting his versatility, Williams evokes the revolutionaries’ crusade with dramatic strings and foreboding horns, but employs tender flute solos and delicate harp for the romantic sections. His music manages to depict the militia’s heroism and epic struggle without fumbling sentimentalism -- which makes The Patriot stand tall alongside Williams's classic scores.

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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
Academy Award winning composer John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, E. T.) brings his signature dramatic flair to the score for "The Patriot," an historical adventure set during the American revolution. Mel Gibson stars as an American father who reluctantly becomes a hero in order to protect his family against the relentless British assault. Williams captures the spirit of young America on his first score of the new millennium by incorporating marching cadences and lively piccolos into an operatic, classical foundation. Virtuoso fiddler Mark O’Connor, who's collaborated with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Yo-Yo Ma, provides the tender violin solos that carry many of the soundtrack's themes. Flaunting his versatility, Williams evokes the revolutionaries’ crusade with dramatic strings and foreboding horns, but employs tender flute solos and delicate harp for the romantic sections. His music manages to depict the militia’s heroism and epic struggle without fumbling sentimentalism -- which makes The Patriot stand tall alongside Williams' classic scores.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
John Williams' score for Roland Emmerich's The Patriot matches the film's epic scope and melodramatic excesses. Though the playing and production are admittedly masterful and the film's main theme is genuinely moving, too often the score works too hard at stirring the audience's emotions. Pieces that should be rousing, such as "The Colonial Cause" -- which fuses a melody that sounds a bit like Sgt. Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets" with grandiose strings, horns and bombs-bursting-in-air percussion -- just feel overworked. Likewise, with its lurching brass and pummeling drums, "Tavington's Trap" is almost as much of a caricature of menacing movie music as the exaggeratedly evil Colonel Tavington is in the movie. Finally, the downright manipulative "Susan Speaks" jerks the tears out of your eyes for you with syrupy strings, pennywhistles, and harps. The Patriot's overbearing moments are made all the more frustrating by the pieces that actually do work. The hopeful, lighthearted "To Charleston" sets the tone for the early part of the film, while the tense (but not overblown) marches, "Preparing For Battle" and "Facing The British Lines," capture the dynamics of the battlefield. Despite their too-descriptive titles, "Redcoats at the Farm and the Death of Thomas" and "The First Ambush and Remembering the Wilderness" span sadness, fear, and rage, yet remain relatively restrained. Unfortunately, restraint seems to be the only technique that The Patriot's score uses sparingly.

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Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616225825
catalogNumber:
162258

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