War Horse [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

War Horse [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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War Horse [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The plot points in director Steven Spielberg's 2011 film adaptation of the children's novel War Horse (which is separate from the stage adaptation that won the 2011 Tony Award for best play) are traced in the background score composed, as usual for a Spielberg project, by veteran John Williams. Williams' early cues, starting with "Dartmoor, 1912," have a warm Celtic feel, the full symphony orchestra playing a theme that recalls folk tunes like "Danny Boy" and "Greensleeves." The warmth continues with "Bringing Joey Home, and Bonding," the second part of which employs a playful bassoon theme. But the bucolic mood gradually darkens in this story of a boy and his horse that takes a turn in a track called "Ruined Crop, and Going to War." After Joey, the horse, is sent off to World War I, Williams' music naturally takes on tension-filled and action-defining sections, particularly in "The Charge and Capture." After something of a respite in "Joey's New Friends," the height of violence seems to be reached in "No Man's Land," a thrilling performance. Thereafter, Williams slowly returns to the Celtic tones from the outset, finally restoring the main theme for the closer, "The Homecoming." This is certainly not one of Williams' light adventure scores à la Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark, nor horror music such as Jaws. Rather, it contains both homey and disturbing parts, within the overall context of an old-fashioned orchestral movie soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2011
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886979752825
catalogNumber: 797528

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Richard Altenbach   Violin
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Gloria Cheng   Piano
Judy Chilnick   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Alan Estes   Percussion
Julie Gigante   Violin
Steve Gordon   Viola
John Goux   Guitar
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Dennis Karmazyn   Celli
Roland Kato   Viola
Randy Kerber   Piano
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Dane Little   Celli
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Dean Parks   Guitar
Barry Perkins   Trumpet
Katia Popov   Violin
Jay Rosen   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Kim Scholes   Celli
Jim Self   Tuba
George Thatcher   Trombone
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Sarah Orme Weisz   Flute
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Daniel Kelley   Horn
Peter Limonick   Percussion
John Walz   Celli
Donald Williams   Percussion
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Lisa Sutton   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Celli
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
Armen Anassian   Violin
Antony Cooke   Celli
David Washburn   Trumpet
David Parmeter   Bass
Keith Greene   Viola
Robert Berg   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Tim Morrison   Trumpet
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Bass
Andrew Schulman   Celli
Trevor Handy   Celli
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Allen Savedoff   Bassoon
Nicolas Philippon   Bass
Jerry Williams   Percussion
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Eric J. Hosler   Violin
Gregory Goodall   Percussion
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Malloy   Trombone
Jenny Kim   Horn
Joshua Ranz   Clarinet
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Donald Foster   Clarinet
Judith Farmer   Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
Serena McKinney   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Mark Adams   Horn
Robert Brophy   Viola
Justin Hageman   Horn
Armen Ksajikian   Celli
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Steven Schaeffer   Percussion
Alex Iles   Trombone
Kenneth Yerke   Violin
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
James Thatcher   Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Celli
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
William Lane   Horn
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Celli
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Marc Sazer   Violin
Kenneth McGrath   Percussion
Luke Maurer   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Dave Everson   Horn
Matthew Funes   Viola
David H. Speltz   Celli
Timothy Morrison   Trumpet
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Heather Clark   Flute
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Robert Frear   Trumpet
Jeanne Skrocki   Violin
David Weiss   Oboe
Cecelia Tsan   Celli
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Phillip Keen   Trombone
Steven Ecknell   Horn
Dylan Hart   Horn
Jessica Pearlman   Oboe
Pedro Ustache   Flute
Louise Dillon   Flute

Technical Credits

John Williams [composer]   Composer,Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
Steven Spielberg   Liner Notes

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