Perhaps not since Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock has there been so perfect a spookiness-making match of composer and director as Danny Elfman (Men in Black, Good Will Hunting) and Tim Burton. The orchestral and choral combination that Elfman used so brilliantly in scoring Burton's Edward Scissorhands -- not to mention Batman Returns and Mars Attacks! -- creates an edgy and darkly theatrical effect in Sleepy Hollow. For Burton's dreamy, faithfully adapted retelling of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Elfman masterfully conjures up a nocturnal tapestry of sound. Typical of his style is "Masbath's Terrible Death," where a passage with a single oboe is used ominously to usher in a full orchestra that rises to a near-grand operatic level of excitement. No less effective is "A Gift," gentle, dreamlike, and lyrical with a dark undertone. Another peak moment is "Tree of Death," which sets swirling violins against brass, drums, and eerie choral murmurings, highlighting Elfman's skill at evoking a grand, fantastical sound.
Performance CreditsDanny Elfman Primary Artist
Allan Wilson Conductor
Vic Fraser MIDI Manager
Rolf Wilson Concert Master
Julian Bratolyubov MIDI Manager
Ron Vermillion MIDI Manager
Metro Voices Choir, Chorus
London Oratory School Schola Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsDanny Elfman Producer
Steve Bartek Orchestration
Isobel Griffiths Orchestration
Mark McKenzie Orchestration
Shawn Murphy Engineering
Alan Silvestri Composer
Vic Fraser MIDI Tech
David Slonaker Orchestration
Marc Mann Orchestration
Conrad Pope Orchestration
Julian Bratolyubov MIDI Tech
Ron Vermillion MIDI Tech
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Daum Bentley Composer
Albert Olson Orchestration
Tim Burton Executive Producer
Jonathan Allen Engineer,Additional Music
Jenny O'Grady Choir Contractor
Adam Schroeder Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
boring... dont know what the other reviewers were talking about...pretty boring cd.... worst investment i've ever made... (unfourtantly 0 stars aren't aviable here....)
This CD is worth the effort. Its absoulutly a wonderfully, amazingly made soundtrack.
Its a nail-bitting, intelligent, gripping soundtrack. You can visulize scences from the movie with this music, it really fits the movie. Its a well done soundtrack. Go buy it for yourself.
This is the best movie ever!! This soundtrack to this is perfect. It matches nicely with John Williams and other great soundtracks.
This is the best that you'll ever find. Go buy it.
This soundtrack can't get any better. A must buy disk. A wonderful tal, Sleepy Hollow by washington irving retold differntly (better), with tim burtons and his crew. This CD is the best, you've got to have it!
This is a must buy soundtrack! The movie was great itself, but it goes beyond to perfection with this CD. It has bone chilling music you can't stop hearing. Its worth your time and money. You won't be dissopointed.
The soundtrack is extremly worth buying and worth your time. I listen to it just about everyday for about 5 or 6 months, about 3 times per day. It really relaxes you too. And if you've seen the movie,even if your memeory bites, you could actually visualize every scene. You have to buy it. I definnetly recomend it.
The score that Danny Elfman composed is one of his very best works, after I was blown away by his score for Batman, I thought nothing else could go beyond his batman composure. Sleepy Hollow is very eerie,and it makes you feel very good. You feel like your being swept away by your emotions, and taken off into a distant realm.
Towards the end of the film (after you have heard the incidental themes a couple times), I thought I was hearing a reworking of the main melody from Beautiful Dreamer (waken to me) in a couple of different scenes. But I'm not sure if it's just my imagination. Anyone know how to find out? Anyone have Danny's phone or email?
This soundtrack is really worth having! It follows the movie clearly. It also has 6 pics from the movie