Warrior [Original Score]

Warrior [Original Score]

by Mark Isham
     
 

Writer/director Gavin O'Connor's film Warrior, concerning two brothers who compete against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament, wants to be more than just a fight film, and critics have found echoes of the Bible, Shakespeare, and Greek tragedy in it. Aside from the classical antecedents, O'Connor also wants to examine…  See more details below

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Writer/director Gavin O'Connor's film Warrior, concerning two brothers who compete against each other in a mixed martial arts tournament, wants to be more than just a fight film, and critics have found echoes of the Bible, Shakespeare, and Greek tragedy in it. Aside from the classical antecedents, O'Connor also wants to examine contemporary American life, with one brother an Iraq war veteran and the other facing the housing and health care crises. Composer Mark Isham expresses the film's aspirations in music that appropriately combines classical and contemporary elements, and that plumbs deep emotions. His approach is apparent right from the start in this soundtrack album's first cue, "Listen to the Beethoven," an adaptation of the Ode to Joy from the Ninth Symphony. This is no dance updating in the manner of Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven"; rather, Isham places the Beethoven as if it were a sample, surrounding the familiar theme with percussion parts and his own counter-melodies. The music is performed by the Sodden Dog Electronic Arts Ensemble with Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague, and the orchestra provides the soaring and haunting themes that give the story a larger perspective, while the ensemble, especially in the drumming and some guitar parts, brings out the necessary action accentuation in a film that, whatever its aspirations, still has a lot of fighting in it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Lakeshore Records
UPC:
0780163423129
catalogNumber:
342312

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Isham   Primary Artist
National   Band
Jason LaRocca   Guitar
Zoe Keating   Cello
Adam Klemens   Conductor
FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague   Performing Ensemble
Sodden Dog Electronic Arts Society   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Composer,Producer
Brad Dechter   Orchestration
John Bergin   Art Direction
Skip Williamson   Executive Producer
Matt Berninger   Composer
Aaron Dessner   Composer
Tim Palen   Cover Art
Lenny Wohl   Music Business Affairs
Brian McNelis   Executive Producer
Gary Chester   Engineering
Tyler Parkinson   Electronic Preparation
Cindy O'Connor   Additional Music
Matt Lilley   Licensing
Jonathan Bartz   Orchestration
Lindsey Huchowski   Administration

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