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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...
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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," 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.
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.

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616225825
  • Catalog Number: 162258

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark O'Connor Violin
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Producer
Sue McLean Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truely moving and inspiring, yet underappreciated

    John Williams truely captures the sound and emotion of epic films. His scores are moving and resounding and stick with you long after the tracks are gone from your stereo speakers or earbuds of your mp3 player. "The Patriot" is one of those scores. Williams has done it again with this score. The title track is truely riviting and in some instances makes you forget that you're watching a Revolutionary War film and you feel like you're watching a super-hero come to the rescue. Pick it up...there is something for everyone in it. If you do not like everything, that is ok. What you find you like will stick with you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listener

    This CD was excellent! I love it so much and the movie. It was a great film with lots of history in it. I just love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like the music

    I really like the music in the patriot so i was wondering if All Saints Band can play it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I love this soundtrack, its so pretty. I am very pleased that the music fits the time period so well. It reminds me of the colonial days every time I listen to it. It is very pretty, and in parts very powerful. John Williams is an amazing composer, and he seems to do a wonderful job every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Williams Shows Patriotism With This Soundtrack!

    I love ''The Patriot'' soundtrack. I am a lover of America's history, and this movie is a perfect example of what our founding fathers dealt with to make this country. The soundtrack to this movie is the icing on the cake, and really adds the final touches to this overwhelming emotional display of our nation's beginning. As a 16 year old, I am proud to say that I am a true Patriot, and this movie has helped to shape this in me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most realistic, moving movie I have ever seen

    My brother took me to see The Patriot, and we liked it so much we rented it the next day. Some say that all the blood and gore is not necessary. I say it is. It is necessary to realisically portray what war is. War is dreadful. Horrible, indescribably things are done during wars. Everything in The Patriot was realistic. . .even to the burning of the church. The Patriot is an eye-opener. We Americans take our freedom for granted. Isn't it time that we sit back and remember exactly what sacrifices were made that we might enjoy our liberty? HOw many died for Liberty's sake? Let us not forget what our forefathers did for us. And let us teach our children, that they may teach theirs. Do not let future generations forget history. The music score for The Patriot is WONDERFUL! I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Patriot

    I'll have to start by saying thank you John Williams and then say this is the best soundtrack John Williams' has ever done or ever will do. I encourage you to pick up this CD immediately! Don't let the price scare you off. It's worth every penney. If you love to hear Williams' music or patriotic music such as fife and drums then I believe you'll thoroughly enjoy this soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recycled Music for a Recycled Movie

    In a summer when all Hollwood seemed capable of was sequels and remakes,and in a couple of cases sequels to remakes, I guess it's only fitting for John Williams to brings us a recycled soundtrack. As a film, ''The Patriot'' lifts just about everything from Jimmy Stewart's 1965 Civil War potboiler, ''Shenandoah.'' You know, the one about the peace-loving Viginia plantation farmer and his large brood of kids caught between the warring Yanks and Rebs until he just has to make a stand. If the music sounded familiar, it's only because most of it was. Mark O'Connor doing a plaintive Appalachian fiddle tune as ''The Partiot'' main theme was a nice touch, even if the idea owed a lot to Jay Ungar's classic work on Ken Burns'1990 PBS series, ''The Civil War.'' The melody Williams uses to identify the rebels in ''The Colonial Cause'' is nothing more than his own main theme music from Spielberg's 1997 ''Amistad'' reworked from an African hymn into a Revolutionary War marching tune. The incidental music which backs all this up is also familiar since Williams employed most of the same orchestral moves in his score for 1992's ''Far and Away.'' I have nothing but respect and affection for John Williams. He's the one who in 1977 single-handedly revived the symphonic score in American cinema after it had been dead for a decade. But he's also been working in Hollywood for more than 40 years. As a fan I would hope in the future he chooses his projects more carefully and gives himself time to bring us more of the original work we've come to love him for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Patriot's score has Oscar written all over it!

    Having seen The Patriot 3 times, I had further opportunity to hear how well the score matches the drama and action. The violin solo in the church burning scene was heartrending, and reminiscent of Williams' poignant score for ''Schindlers' List''. The battle and combat scene pieces were outstanding and rousing. I particularly liked the themes related to Col. Tavington, reflecting his character's icy, calculating malevolance in scenes establishing his character, as well as his fever-pitched rage in combat with Heath and Ben Martin. I thought the love theme for Ben's son and girlfriend was innocent and refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music John!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the best musical scores I've ever had the honor to own. I enjoyed this score as much if not more as E.T. or Jaws, but a few pieces in the middle lack focas. Prediction: Oscar for best musical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Green Berets Anyone?

    Some good, some not-so-good. And in the midst of battle some musical construction reminiscent of 'The Ballad of the Green Berets.' The violin solos have a plaintive feeling and remind me of Jay Unger. A predictable 'Yankee Doodle' fife & drum piece. On the whole, this seemed to me to be very different from many of Williams' more familiar works though it has grandiose moments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    heart wrenching

    Heart wrenching- great story of courage and character and human drama

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