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