The Missing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The Missing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by James Horner
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The Missing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

On his score for Ron Howard's brooding Western The Missing, James Horner reins in some of his lush tendencies as a composer, delivering a restrained but still emotional collection of music. Nevertheless, even the score's smaller compositions, such as "New Mexico, 1885," retain the epic sound that defines Horner's work. This tension is put to particularly good use on "Dawn to Dusk; The Riderless Horse," which begins with delicate flutes and strings before soaring into a quietly majestic melody that becomes darker and more ominous as it unfolds. Most of the score alternates between yearning and hope, as on "The Search Begins," and eerie portent, as on "Dark and Restless Wind" and "The Brujo's Storm -- A Loss of Innocence." Horner's music also ties into the film's Native American aspects with the use of flutes as both a textural and melodic element, particularly on tracks like "The Stranger" and "A Rescue Is Planned," where they sound like crying wolves. Likewise, "Setting the Trap" and "An Insurmountable Hurdle" are thrilling homages to past Western scores. All of these themes, musical and emotional, culminate on "The Long Ride Home," a 16-minute finale that encompasses the delicacy and danger that are in the rest of the score. One of Horner's most accomplished scores in recent memory, The Missing is nearly as much of a journey as the film it enhances.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969309322
catalogNumber: 93093

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Horner   Primary Artist,Conductor
Michael Fisher   Ethnic Percussion
Tony Hinnigan   Wind Instruments
Brian Kilgore   Ethnic Percussion
Michael Taylor   Wind Instruments
Anthony Hinnigan   Wind Instruments

Technical Credits

James Horner   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Randy Kerber   Orchestration
J.A.C. Redford   Orchestration
Simon Rhodes   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Marc Gebauer   Stage Crew
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Denise Luiso   Music Executive
Jay Selvester   Stage Crew
Lia Vollack   Music Executive
Kristen Smith   Stage Crew
Paul Cremo   Soundtrack Executive Producer

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The Missing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LiadanESM More than 1 year ago
The Missing is defintely worth checking out. It has the emotive searching feel that we've come to know and love about Horner, but I do wish somehow that he had unleashed his full talent for this CD. The music on all the of tracks is lovely, some are deeper, darker and more ominous, while others are more ethereal and hopeful. Adding the native flutes and drums, added another facet that fit wonderfully into the soundtrack. The music lacks the fanfare and bravado that you may find in CD's say "Revenge of the Fallen," or "The Incredible Hulk," but this is a great addition to any collection, to give a balance between adreniline driving versus emotional, but meditative. The only thing is, right when the music wanted to obviously crescendo, it would seem to start, and then fall again. I don't know if the pace of the movie dictated it, or what. I never saw the film. But I strongly recommend trying this CD, it has that classic Horner sound, but enough variety within to keep everybody interested.