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 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

(BBC)
Police drummer Stewart Copeland's Ben-Hur film score premieres in US


Stewart Copeland made his name as the drummer with the rock group, The Police. But he's also known as an accomplished composer of film scores, ballets, concert works, and several operas, including a commission from the Royal Opera House in London.

Now he has composed a soundtrack to MGM's 1925 silent epic, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ - the most expensive film made in the silent era.

Copeland's score receives its world premiere on 19 April at the Virginia Arts Festival when it accompanies a 90-minute edit of the movie.

The soundtrack uses a full orchestra, mixing symphonic music with electric guitars and, of course, a lot of percussion.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

Looks awfully mediocre to me:

http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/mgms-ben-hur-composed-by-stewart-copeland

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

Film looks good though.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 3:48 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

Isn't there already a score by Carl Davis?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Love Copeland's score for the live show. Awesome experience at the O2 and great little CD. Would love to hear this adaptation!

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

The album Copeland released was available as a CD, for the 'LIVE' show that bankrupted.

It's an interesting score, with some very good bits, like Esther's charming little song and some interesting festive stuff for Palm Sunday etc.. It's clear he has adapted and expanded it for this release.


I'm not sure why this is being highlighted now, but presumably it's to whet a new generation's appetites for the new remake. As long as it doesn't marginalise or supplant the Davis and Rozsa scores I don't mind.


That'll mean Wallace's story has been treated by Axt (and Mendoza), Rozsa, Davis, Hossein, Lane, and Copeland ... plus whoever's doing the new version.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I'd go if it was some unearthed work by Aaron Copland (I was hoping the last name was misspelled)

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Another film classic that does not NEED a new version.

Why don't they rewrite some of the stinkers that tinked and offer THEM in new versions?

 
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