The Village

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616246424
  • Catalog Number: 162464

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
Christine Ermacoff 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 Jr. 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
Sara Parkins Violin
Antony Cooke Celli
Al 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
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Steven Becknell Horn
Tamara Hatwan Violin
David H. Speltz Celli
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Kevin Connolly Violin
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
James Newton Howard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richard E. Grant Auricle Programming
Shawn Murphy Engineer, Engineering
Dave Collins Mastering
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
Richard Grant Auricle Programming
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the best scores ever written!

    I've been a huge fan of movie scores from as far back as I can remember. Some of my all time favorite composers are James Horner, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. Before seeing the movie, "The Village" I was unfamiliar with James Newton Howard's compositions. However, I was pleasantly surprised and captivated with the movie's score! Over the years, it has been one of my most listened to cds! I have a cd in my car, and I also have digital copies of the soundtrack on my computer and on my phone. The second track on the album which is, "What Are You Asking Me?" is by far one of my favorites! This is probably the most prominent theme throughout the movie and the soundtrack. The violin music absolutely tugs at your heart and pulls at every emotion, it's really unbelievable. All the tracks though are just incredible. The music is so emotional and just seems to pull you in from the very beginning. I've heard some incredible movie scores over the years, but this one ranks very high in my list. Probably in my top 3 all time favorite movie scores. If you don't own this cd I encourage you to get it. Even if you haven't seen the movie. It is well worth the money! I can't say enough good things about this cd...Captivating, emotional, beautiful...just an excellent soundtrack. A must have for anyone who loves movie scores, violin, or just amazing instrumental music. Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautifully sad

    The music simply made me sad but happy in a way.It was very passianate,especialy the violin playing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simple and powerful

    The score for this movie is passionate and simple. I happen to think that this delicate love story is one of the most underrated movies of the year but, I was thrilled to hear that the score has been received with more critical applause then the film. I am a lover of violin music and young Miss Hahn has a lyrical quality in her playing that would evoke emotion from even the most jaded listener. Simply beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely..

    The soundtrack to The Village is outstanding, very touching and quite pure, as is the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Beautiful

    This movie is about a love story, and this score captures every touch, tear, and smile. I cannot say enough about the quality of composition and musicianship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Modern Score Out There!

    One of the greatest movie scores ever composed, that's if you're a violin fanatic! This score rises along with all of Danny Elfman's own magnificent works.

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