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War Horse [Original Score]

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>Williams, John : War Horse, film score

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>Williams, John : War Horse, film score
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Recording information: Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA.

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. ~ William Ruhlmann



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>Williams, John : War Horse, film score
  • Performers: Thomas Diener (Viola); Sara Parkins (Violin); Stuart Clark (Clarinet); Jim Self (Tuba); Natalie Leggett (Violin); Randy Kerber (Piano); Roland Kato (Viola); Sarah Thornblade (Violin); Peter Limonick (Percussion); Dean Parks (Guitar); John Goux (Guitar); Dave Walther (Viola); Clayton Haslop (Violin); David Washburn (Trumpet); Geri Rotella (Flute); Steven Schaeffer (Percussion); Michael Nowak (Viola); David Weiss (Oboe); Alex Iles (Trombone); George Thatcher (Trombone); Kenneth Yerke (Violin); Victoria Miskolczy (Viola); Keith Greene (Viola); Jennie Hansen (Viola); Bruce Dukov (Violin); Roger Wilkie (Violin); Donald Foster (Clarinet); Jerry Williams (Percussion); James Thatcher (Horn); Armen Anassian (Violin); Helen Nightengale (Violin); Marcia Dickstein (Harp); Dimitrie Leivici (Violin); Miwako Watanabe (Violin); Judith Farmer (Bassoon); Rafael Rishik (Violin); Alma Fernandez (Viola); Robert Brophy (Viola); Jessica Pearlman (Oboe); Steve Gordon (Viola); Richard Altenbach (Violin); William Booth (Trombone); Jacqueline Brand (Violin); Judy Chilnick (Percussion); Jay Rosen (Violin); Kevin Connolly (Violin); Phillip Keen (Trombone); Lisa Sutton (Violin); Dylan Hart (Horn); Mark Adams (Horn); Pedro Ustache (Flute); Louise Dillon (Flute); Allen Savedoff (Bassoon); Steven Ecknell (Horn); Henry Gronnier (Violin); Brian Dembow (Viola); Ralph Williams (Clarinet); Barry Perkins (Trumpet); Heather Clark (Flute); Robert Frear (Trumpet); Andrew Malloy (Trombone); Jenny Kim (Horn); Joshua Ranz (Clarinet); Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon); Julia Gigante (Violin); Marlow Fisher (Viola); Louise Di Tullio (Flute); Gary Bovyer (Clarinet); Timothy Morrison (Trumpet); Amy Hershberger (Violin); Marc Sazer (Violin); Kenneth McGrath (Percussion); Tamara Hatwan (Violin); Dave Everson (Horn); Eric Hosler (Violin); Kenneth Munday (Bassoon); William Lane (Horn); Gregory Goodall (Percussion); Phillip Levy (Violin); Sarah Weisz (Flute); Donald Williams (Percussion); Barbara Northcutt (Oboe); Tereza Stanislav (Violin); Robert Berg (Viola); Malcolm McNab (Trumpet); Andrew Duckles (Viola); Matthew Funes (Viola); Luke Maurer (Viola); William Reichenbach (Trombone); Jo Turovsky (Harp); Darrin McCann (Viola); Shawn Mann (Viola); Alyssa Park (Violin); Ana Landauer (Violin); Justin Hageman (Horn); Serena McKinney (Violin); Rose Corrigan (Bassoon); Aimee Kreston (Violin); Irina Voloshina (Violin); Katia Popov (Violin); Daniel Kelley (Horn); Anatoly Rosinsky (Violin); Nina Eutuhov (Violin); Jeanne Skrocki (Violin); Alan Estes (Percussion); Roberto Cani (Violin); Alan Grunfeld (Violin); Gloria Cheng (Piano); Eun Ahn (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2011