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Village

The Village

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by James Newton Howard
     
 
Filmmakers frequently develop a bond with a composer that carries through both careers -- e.g., Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann and Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Similarly, M. Night Shyamalan has relied on the musical skills of James Newton Howard for films dating from Shyamalan's breakthrough, The Sixth Sense, right up through the 2004 thriller

Overview

Filmmakers frequently develop a bond with a composer that carries through both careers -- e.g., Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann and Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Similarly, M. Night Shyamalan has relied on the musical skills of James Newton Howard for films dating from Shyamalan's breakthrough, The Sixth Sense, right up through the 2004 thriller The Village. Changing things up a bit, Howard taps the services of violin sensation Hilary Hahn, whose tone ranges from the pastoral, Gypsy-flavored passages that close out the opening number, "Noah Visits," to the weeping passages that invoke a feeling of vulnerability in "Will You Help Me?" In keeping with the suspense Shyamalan injects into this period piece set in rural Pennsylvania, Howard uses broad, dynamic swaths to make the listener jump at the appropriate times. "Those We Don't Speak Of" strikes an ominous mood with a mix of pounding timpani and swooping brass, while "The Bad Color" incites plenty of goose bumps with its eerie mix of simmering strings, wind chimes, and a far-off howl of unknown origin. Once again, Howard proves that his compositional prowess fits hand-in-glove with Shyamalan's masterful storytelling.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Brought to life by the Hollywood Studio Symphony and solo violinist Hilary Hahn, James Newton Howard's score for The Village, M. Night Shyamalan's twisty parable of fear and love, is one of the film's most compelling assets, and arguably more eloquent in expressing its themes than its often stilted dialogue. Likewise, Hahn's solos rank among the film's best performances; the painstaking delicacy of her work on the bittersweet "Noah Visits" and the growing anguish on "I Cannot See His Color" rival Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard's on-screen turns. Moodwise, most of the score hovers between brooding and hopeful, as exemplified by "What Are You Asking Me?" and "Will You Help Me?," but, as The Village is tangentially a horror film, "It Is Not Real," "The Bad Color," and "Those We Don't Speak Of" mix some eerie atmosphere and scary noises into the more meditative feel of the rest of the music. While the titles of those compositions and "The Shed Not to Be Used" unfortunately bring to mind the stiff, faux-antiquated dialect of the Villagers, all of these tracks are both more restrained and expressive, conveying much more with sound than the film's words do. The Village is a moody, often lovely score with a richness that benefits from the movie's not entirely successful ambitions while sounding complete on its own terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616246424
catalogNumber:
162464

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Newton Howard   Primary Artist
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Jim Walker   Flute
Sid Page   Violin
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Phil Ayling   Oboe
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
George Doering   Guitar
Arni Egilsson   Bass
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Pedro Eustache   Flute
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Rick Gerding   Viola
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
James Kanter   Clarinet
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn   Celli
Roland Kato   Viola
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Miran Kojian   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Celli
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
David Low   Celli
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Rene Mandel   Violin
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Simon Oswell   Viola
Katia Popov   Violin
John Reynolds   Horn
Mark Robertson   Violin
Jay Rosen   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Haim Shtrum   Violin
George Thatcher   Trombone
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Andrew Shulman   Celli
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Jeanne Evans   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
Antony Cooke   Celli
Hershberger   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Emily Bernstein   Clarinet
Steven Gordon   Viola
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Liane Mautner   Violin
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Charles Nenneker   Bass
Phillip Yao   Horn
Shanti Randall   Viola
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Andrew Malloy   Trombone
Peter Mandell   Bassoon
Jenny Kim   Horn
Hilary Hahn   Violin,Guest Appearance
Rafael Eishik   Violin
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Phillip O'Connor   Clarinet
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
David Duke   Horn
James Thatcher   Horn
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Celli
Chris Ermacoff   Celli
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
David H. Speltz   Celli
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Brian O'Connor   Horn

Technical Credits

James Newton Howard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Richard Grant   Auricle Programming
Shawn Murphy   Engineer,Engineering
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
Jeff Atmajian   Orchestration
Mitchell Leib   Music Executive
Desirée Craig-Ramos   Soundtrack Director
James Hill   Score Producer
M. Night Shyamalan   Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
James T. Hill   Electronic Score Supervisor

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