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Glory Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (March 15 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000WH5
  • Other Editions: DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


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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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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Format: Audio CD
I've loved "Glory" since the first time I saw it (in school one day as a history "assignment"). Initially, I didn't quite understand all of the details of why I enjoyed it so much, however. Obviously, one of the main reasons is this score, which is sometimes so subtle you don't realize it's there, but is at all times applying an influence. It may be to uplift you ("Jubilee"), make you sad ("Whipping"), courageous ("Fort Wagner"), or somber ("Epitaph"). I've shed a couple tears while watching the charge on Fort Wagner, and even listening to the music alone can almost stir the same level of emotion.
The orchestral parts are superb, but there is something particularly stirring about the use of the boys choir. Namely at the emotionally-charged climax, when we are confronted with the harsh results of their failed plans. The simple, innocent voices contrasting against that imagery is startling.
I'm not an ascribed fan of James Horner, but I do love a good soundtrack, and this one -- as far as I'm concerned -- ranks up with "Star Wars" and "Gladiator".
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This is one of my favorite James Horner scores ever. It is stirring, patriotic, and beautiful. The Boys Choir of Harlem has a wonderful sound and really gives the music justice. One of the major thematic motifs in the music sounds a lot like Taps, which is what is played at military burial grounds to honor the soldier or soldiers that died for their country. Horner must of used this theme for that very same purpose because it is used a lot throughout the score. The main theme however is performed by the choir and is an absolutely stunning theme. It is great music to remind ourselves of our American soldiers out in Afghanistan fighting for our country and our freedom. It also reminds us that this is the best country on the face of the earth. There is some action music in the score as well, which Horner has a knack for writing. Lots of snare drums, brass, and other percussive elements, along with soaring strings give us a real thrill to hear it. Most of the score contains the choral elements playing over a symphony orchestra. A fantastic score, one of Horner's best and a tribute to the best country in the world.
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Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent score, but not as good as people think.
It works wonders in the film; very moving without going over-the-top, but on CD, there are a couple of problems. The main theme is stolen from Copland, and the final battle scene, Charging Fort Wagner, is obviously derived from O Fortuna (Carl Orf), and is so similar that it simply cannot be enjoyed on its own merits.
This is easily one of Horner's best scores, it has a brilliant, truly heartbreaking theme and many good cues, but when all is said and done... where's the original material Mr. Horner?
It could have been a better score. In fact, it could have been one of the all-time great film scores. But it doesn't quite get there. The 45 minutes running time of this disc is just about right. There's no essential music missing.
Highly recommended for Horner fans, but for the rest of us, its probably best to see the wonderful film before you jump straight in and buy the CD. Because as you know, these discs don't come cheap!
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By A Customer on May 27 2000
Format: Audio CD
When "Captain Blood" was released in 1935, Erich Wolfgang Korngold refused to accept full screen credit for his marvelous score because, short of time, he based one of the tracks upon an orchestral composition from another composer. Times seem to have changed, and not for the better. James Horner's score for "Glory" is so obviously and so liberally lifted from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" that viewers familiar with Orff's popular composition will be distracted from watching parts of this film, particularly the tragic climax. An otherwise great film is prevented from being a masterpiece by its score. This is plagiarism bordering on the level of P. D. Q. Bach --- except that in P. D. Q. Bach music the you know you are supposed to detect the plagiarism and laugh at it. Perhaps Horner was banking on most of the viewers of this film not knowing enough classical music to realize that Carl Orff should be the composer credited with this film score. Admittedly, the movie critics seem to have been fooled, since they generally praise this score.
I would hasten to add that I am not simply down on James Horner. He is erratic, but some of his film scores show he is capable of remarkably original and effective film music. But I would recommend against buying this soundtrack. (By the way, inexplicably my favorite Horner soundtrack, that to "The Name of the Rose", has never been released. THIS would be a recording worth buying.)
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