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Glory [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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1. A Call TO Arms
2. After Antietam
3. Lonely Christmas
4. Forming The Regiment
5. The Whipping
6. Birning The Town Of Darien
7. Brave Words, Braver Deeds
8. The Year Of Jubilee
9. Preperations For Battle
10. Charging Fort Wagner
11. An Epithaph To War
12. Closing Credits

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Glory was the first of an informal trilogy scored by James Horner for director Edward Zwick, (the others being Legends of the Fall and Courage Under Fire) powerfully exploring themes of loyalty, honour and duty. The film tells the story of the 54th Massachussetts, the first black regiment in the American Civil War, and of their tragic destiny in the battle of Fort Wagner. A breakthrough work for Horner, he was rewarded with a Grammy Award for Best Motion Picture Score of 1989, confirming the aptness of his decision to "score the underlying feeling of the film" with the emotive sound of the Harlem Boys' Choir. The superb main theme is heroic, noble, elegiac, Horner finding a resonance with Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible, while in the surging choir there is a suggestion of Orff's Carmina Burana. Exceptional though Horner's action music is, it is the soaring, lamenting, resignedly beautiful choral writing which makes this one of his finest works. The final selections are almost unbearably moving, and the whole must be considered a defining score of the 1980s. --Gary S. Dalkin

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential James Horner Aug. 10 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a typical James Horner recording. It will stir your soul like no other soundtrack out there and will boil your blood during the action sequences, most obviously during the assault on Fort Wagner. However, like most other James Horner releases, it has more than its fair share of plagiarism, be it from Horner himself (though this is nothing compared to Enemy at the Gates, which is basically Willow with a new title) and other composers.
However, if you are able to put copyright laws aside for the duration of the CD, this album may well turn out to be the first CD you ever actually wear out...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very stirring, very Military May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
This music is moving and inspiring. It elicits such strong emotions in me that I prefer to listen to it when I am alone because I can't hear it without tearing a little. But I mean that in the best possible way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Soundtrack May 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first experienced the soundtrack during the theatrical release of the film, but it has become a favorite CD for my entire family.
Track 10, Charging Fort Wagner, is actually the first movement of Carl Orff's <I>Carmina Burana.</i>
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Horner's best work Dec 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own quite a lot of Horner's cd's, but in my opinion "Glory" is his best ever. This cd contains the most beautiful music Horner has ever written.
The cd opens with "A Call To Arms", which introduces one of the main themes. Track 3: "Lonely Christmas" introduces the other main theme. Both themes are very strong, mostly performed by strings. There is also a nice motif, mostly performed by solo-trumpet.
I think all the tracks are very good, actually. The best tracks are "A Call To Arms", "Brave Words, Braver Deeds" (which contains a very good french horn solo), "Preparations For Battle" (My favourite track. Contains all the themes), "Charging Fort Wagner", "An Epitaph To War" (The main theme performed by choir only: pure magic!) and "Closing Credits".
This cd proves how good Horner is at writing for strings and choir. And for people who hate it that Horner's music isn't always very original: This score is 100% original!!
If you like "Apollo 13" and "Legends Of The Fall", then "Glory" is something for you. An essential for filmmusic fans! Thank you again Mr. Horner for a wonderful score. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glory Nov. 2 2003
By Nikki
Format:Audio CD
I think music is the most important thing in a movie. Sometimes you watch a movie just hear the music. In this case, I love both the movie and the soundtrack. The music is so beautiful and sounds sad and happy at some points. I really love tracks number(s); 5, 8, 10, 11 and 12. Well done James Horner...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful soundtrack! July 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this soundtrack was when I was searching through my parents cd's, so I've never seen the movie, but I just fell in love with the music. I am a fan of James Horner and this score is leveling up with a Beautiful Mind (my favorite so far). I particularly like 6. Burning The Town of Darien and 8. The year of Jubilee. Yes, there is repetition, but what do you exepect from a motion picture soundtrack anyways? I highly recommend it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen better Jan. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm a fan of James Horner's music.
This time however, the piece is good, but probably too much of the same.
There's basically one type of theme, and the rest is too similar for a great composer like Horner.
I still keep it though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen better Jan. 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm a fan of James Horner's music.
This time however, the piece is good, but probably too much of the same.
There's basically one type of theme, and the rest is too similar for a great composer like Horner.
I still keep it though.
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