All posts under Alan Silvestri

9 Favorite Main Titles

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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, movies used to have main titles that were scored. For two minutes, the composer laid the musical groundwork and set the tone for the film to follow. Then along came main title songs, sometimes written by the score composers, sometimes not. If not, the composer usually weaved that song melody (a la “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” etc.) into the fabric of the score. Come the ’80s and ’90s, it was all about marketing the soundtrack…

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Masterpiece Theater

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Masterpiece, like genius, is an often overused word, especially in the arts. Merriam-Webster defines a masterpiece as “a work done with extraordinary skill; especially: a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.” So how does that apply to film music? If you look at the first part of that definition, pretty much every film score qualifies as a masterpiece in my book. I certainly don’t have the skills to compose a score. I have certain compositional skills (lame though they are), but the craft, technical and otherwise, that is required to compose for film is…

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CD Review: The A-Team

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When you make a film version of a popular ’80s TV action staple like THE A-TEAM, you don’t go into it looking for a probing character study. And I certainly wasn’t expecting a subtle score full of nuance and shading. But even with those caveats, Alan Silvestri‘s score for THE A-TEAM is a disappointment. I will freely admit up front that this is not my type of score. But lovers of action music should be thrilled as the score is basically one long 72-minute action cue. The music pulsates and…

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CD Review: A Christmas Carol (2009)

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I hate Christmas. The forced cheer, the religious overtones, the “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men” that seems to evaporate the day after. And living in New York where the streets are flooded with shoppers just makes the whole season that much more irritating. With all these Scrooge-like tendencies, you’d think I’d be a fan of Charles Dickens‘s A Christmas Carol , right? I’ve never been fond of the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who mends his money-grubbing ways overnight just because he was visited by three ghosts and got a glimpse…

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CD Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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Sequels. Always a tricky business. How to stay true to the original and yet find something fresh. But how do you top your first film’s $250 million domestic and nearly $575 million worldwide box office? Even with 19 museums at their disposal, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN proves that bigger is not always better. In the sequel, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), now a rich inventor, finds out his beloved museum pieces are being put in storage at the Smithsonian. When Ahkmenrah’s (Rami Malek) older brother, Kah Mun Rah (Hank Azaria), gets…

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