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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Latest from Christopher Young

Christopher Young has not been well served by the record labels when it comes to his latest scores. Firstly, Varese Sarabande cancelled their plans to release his music for Lucky You, a film which is apparently about a romance between a gambler and a singer, starring Eric Banna of Hulk and Troy fame and Drew Barrymore. It is a pity because, thanks to the composer's publicists Costa Communications, I got to hear a few tracks from the score and can report that it's a very nice effort indeed. The main theme is a guitars-driven easy mover, and there is also some light romance for piano and strings.
Young's second, and most keenly awaited, score is of course for the third in the Spider-Man francise. OK, so he was obliged to weave Danny Elfman's themes from the first two films into his score, and he did suffer having some of his more intimate cues re-written by Deborah Lurie but, judging from the few cues I have again gotten to hear, there is still plenty of original work to be heard and, in any case, one would have thought a score album release would be a given. But, I'm sorry to say, there is no news of this happening.
OK, so some of the cues I have listened to do incorporate Elfman's themes, such as the "Main Title," but there's some good action music therein and a fine dark march, which is reprised in variations in subsequent cues. Choir is used subtly throughout, though it does provide a crescendo in "Harry in Lab." "Web" introduces a light, violin-lead waltz; whilst "Harry Attacks Peter" features some exciting action writing. Some eerie, mysterious and yes, awed music accompanies scenes involving the Black Suite Spiderman, with some powerful horns signalling spidey's transformation into such. I guess, despite the villainy of The Sandman, he is seen as something of a tragic figure in that "Birth of Sandman" is rather a sad strings and piano affair, building fatefully to its climax. "Happy Ending" returns us to the romantic waltz theme to send us home happy.
If the record labels don't take the hint, we can only hope the composer, as he has often done in the past, makes his scores available promotionally. Then at least some of us may be able to get a hold of copies of both of these scores.

Just a quick footnote to warn you that I am about to change PCs and hope the transition may be fairly painless, but forgive me if you don't hear from me for a few days.


Blogger Alix said...

Hi, i don't know if you're checking this, but i'd be very appreciative if you could help me. I'm working on the scores from Spiderman 2, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow by Danny Elfman for a big music assessment, and i've been told that Elfman never releases his scores. Is there any way for me to get my hands on the scores, or at least an orchestral equivalent? I'm having huge trouble figuring out instruments and deciphering rhythmic patters, particularly in the Spidey Suite. If you can help me at all, please email me at
Thank-you in advance

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