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Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (Original Television Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Composer: Brian Tyler
  • Audio CD (March 18 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008NGHU
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Summon The Worms
2. Dune Messiah
3. Main Title (House Atreides)
4. The Revolution
5. Fear Is The Mind Killer
6. The Arrival Of Lady Jessica
7. Leto Atreides II
8. Inama Nushif (Montage)
9. War Begins
10. Battle Of Naraj
11. Rya Wolves
12. I Have Only Now
13. The Impossible Wager
14. Face Dancer
15. The Throne Of Alia
16. Trap The Worm
17. Salusa Secundus
18. The Jihad
19. The Ring Of Paul
20. Exiles
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Product Description

Like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings cycle, Frank Herbert's epic Dune saga has found its road to the screen a difficult one. This follow-up to the Sci-Fi Channel's modestly budgeted, yet warmly received first mini-series installment profits greatly from the unabashedly epic score of budding young film scorer Brian Tyler. The composer begins with a strong symphonic foundation, utilizing themes whose melodic power is straightforward, yet often suitably Wagnerian in their dynamic and execution. Tyler then gracefully interweaves a variety of ethnic instruments and modalities to give his cues a rich, if deceptively exotic sense of time and place. It's an epic score that belies its cable roots, yet one that remains masterfully restrained and informed by a dedication of purpose that's even inspired the composer to translate the lyric of his gorgeous, ethereal vocal piece, "Inama Nushuf" into the language of novelist Herbert's native Fremen people. This is the sound of a confidant young musician meeting a daunting dramatic challenge, and then some. --Jerry McCulley

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When I watched the trailer for "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" I immediately resolved I wanted to see the movie--but only because it had awesome music. I was tricked. The music was, in fact, from "Children of Dune".
"Children of Dune" is a score that goes beyond its job and stands alone as a masterpiece. This music plays over and over in my head all day. It is definately the most powerful score I have encountered to date. Brian Tyler is amazing. He takes very simple melodies and chords and turns them into the most profound, powerful themes ever written.
The miniseries "Children of Dune" did not impress me except for the score, which proves even more that this soundtrack is a success.
This music does not require any 'support' from the film it was written for. It alone will impress you.
Another bonus to "Children of Dune" is that it isn't exactly mainstream. That makes it even more enjoyable because it is like finding a lost treasure chest. "Children of Dune" is my favorite score. "The Lord of the Rings", "Pirates of the Carribean", "Jurassic Park", "Star Wars" and many other magnificent movies scores are somehow all below "Children of Dune" on my list. If you are a fan of amazing, uplifting, epic music you will not regret buying this soundtrack.
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Most recently, the central theme of this soundtrack, 'Summon the Worms', made its way into the trailer for Master and Commander. Its quite easy to see why they chose this particular track - its a rousing, soaring, emotionally charged overture that drives, without dominating, this sweeping score. Strains of it seep into many of the tracks, from the haunting, ethereal 'Dune Messiah' to the anthemic 'Children of Dune'. Brian Tyler has crafted a wonderfully rich and seamless soundscape for the TV miniseries, drawing on ethnic themes, and weaving them with powerful, though deceptively simple orchestral pieces. The sound includes exotic arabian, tribal african and haunting icelandic themes, binding them with a common and cinematic grace that is at once recognisable, yet otherworldly.
Stand-out tracks include 'Inama Nushif (Montage)', a beautiful and sweeping vocal piece, sung in Herbert's invented Fremen language, and 'My Skin Is Not My Own', which draws on evocotive tribal themes.
This score is an excellent compliment to the miniseries, in equal measure touching and transitional, mirroring the complexity of the plot. In terms of the album alone, it would have been nice if some of the tracks had been given more room to develop, since some feel 3 minutes too short. Equally, some melodies feel at times overused, and I would have sacrificed the number of tracks for the expansion and devlopment of the remainder. However, the tone of the score feels so honest and convincing that its easy to overlook its brevity.
I confess, my main incentive for purchasing this soundtrack was track one, 'Summon the Worms', which plays endlessly in my head and gives me chills whenever I hear it. Tyler uses its melody with both restraint and conviction throughout the album, and I shouldn't be surprised if it makes its way onto many more stirring movie trailers.
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First off, I should mention that I've only seen bits and pieces of the series for which this score was composed--I'm frankly not all that interested in it. I came to the music through recommendations by friends and websites, and haven't been disappointed.
Fans of Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings scores will find much to like here: there's much of the same rich and layered strings, creating a warm background tone for many of the tracks. Indeed, some of the tracks sound as though they owe very much to Shore indeed.
But Tyler has added spice to this, by throwing in exotic middle-eastern elements--vocals, percusion, tonalities that are reminescent of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade or Antar Symphony; in terms of soundtracks, there's a little of this type of flavor in Goldsmith's recent "Mummy" score (also excellent, by the way).
Tyler has also added bombast and flair, but in a sense different from Shore or even Williams; his marches are energetic and soaring, and truly exciting music. "Summon the Worms" is an outstanding piece by itself, a swooping, grand introduction that brings in many of the themes which recur. "Inama Nushif" is the lush vocal piece many others have spoken of, with a strong African and middle-eastern flavor (it is little accident, I think, that both these pieces have been used in the trailers for Russell Crowe's "Master and Commander" to convey epic sweep there).
All in all, well worth the price, whether or not you've seen the series; the music stands quite well on its own.
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Nearly all 36 cues, selected from the 174 or so Tyler composed for the Sci-Fi mini-series, are evocative and memorable, almost too outstanding a score for a TV production.
The composer mentioned in a recent online chat that he is now gearing towards world music. It is thus not surprising that Children of Dune is generously laced with middle-eastern tunes, obviously orchestrated with ethnic instruments in mind - in line with the desert theme of the book.
When I first saw the montage of Inama Nashif - a beautifully shot 3 minute sequence with no dialogue but full of symbolic gestures and superbly edited to the hauntingly lyrical song (sort of like Enya meets Yanni) - the combined effect was so breathtaking that I spent the next few days re-watching this sequence while searching for the song. This CD has it, amongst other tunes, such as the majestic Theme, or melancholic Reunited, but they are all too short.
It would be nice if Tyler eventually release fuller versions of these wonderful tunes, as some of them are variations on the same theme (eg. Inama Nashif and Farewell). True Dune fans will also be grateful for the Fremen lyrics to Inama Nashif, if only to hum along. I read somewhere that Tyler is very young, so his future works will be eagerly anticipated.
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