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John Williams (Film Composer): The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [Music from the Motion Picture]

Track List

>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Adventure s of Tintin, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Snowy's Theme, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Scrolls, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Introducing t he Thompsons, and Snowy's Chase, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Marlinspike H all, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Escape from t he Karaboudjan, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Sir Francis a nd the Unicorn, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Captain Haddo ck Takes the Oars, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Red Rackham's Curse and the Treasure, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Capturing Mr. Silk, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Flight to Bagghar, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Milanese Nightingale, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: Presenting Bi anca Castafiore, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Pursuit o f the Falcon, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Captain's Counsel, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Clash of the Cranes, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Return to Marlinspike Hall and Finale, The
>Adventures of Tin Tin: The Adventure Continues, The

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Shawn Murphy.

Liner Note Author: Steven Spielberg .

In "Captain Haddock Takes the Oars," a cue from composer John Williams' score for director Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, a low horn plays a light mystery theme reminiscent of the music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The TV music was based on Charles Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," and Gounod gets an acknowledged credit later in Williams' score when "Presenting Bianca Castafiore" finds opera singer Renée Fleming performing excerpts from his "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette as well as some of "Rosina's Cavatina" from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. Such classical touchstones offer suggestions of Williams' influences in background music that places strong emphasis on the word "adventures" in the title. Occasionally, as in "Introducing the Thompsons and Snowy's Chase" and "The Milanese Nightingale," Williams brings in an accordion for a French style that recalls his contemporary Michel Legrand. "The Adventures of Tintin" itself has a jazzy feel, almost bebop in nature. But much of the score consists of program music intended to underlie action and suspense while simultaneously reassuring the listener/viewer that all will be well in the end. Williams does not exaggerate the effects for comic purposes as he does, for example, in his Indiana Jones scores. Rather, this is ear candy for a movie that is equally sweet. ~ William Ruhlmann


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