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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Joel McNeely's SQUANTO: review and walk down memory lane by Kjell Neckebroeck
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2011 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   voiced   (Member)

Thanks for this enthusiastic and very well written report, Kjell.

I'm looking forward to finally listening to this when it arrives. Like many, my first exposure to the score was thanks to his recording with the Seattle Symphony for the Hollywood '94 CD and that was me immediately hooked on McNeely's work (as both composer and conductor).

 Posted:   Aug 19, 2011 - 2:52 AM   
 By:   Nils   (Member)

Excellent article, Kjell.

I listened to the SQAUNTO samples only yesterday, and my immediate reaction was, "THIS is how I want my big, orchestral film music!". My order will be in at Intrada very soon. :-)

 Posted:   Aug 19, 2011 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

It's nice to see this score so well received.

One quick comment: You write, "The two main themes are always there, orchestrated to fit particular moments ... only in two six-minute cues toward the end of the album does McNeely turn his back on them, and as a listening experience, the album briefly suffers because of it." If by the phrase "turn his back" you are making a judgment on the quality of the thematic development, then I grant that's within the scope of an opinion piece (although I would disagree with your assessment).

If, however, you mean that these themes are totally absent, then I would point out that the love theme (which I believe is one of the two main themes you reference) DOES appear in both tracks. These tracks also feature the final developments of the tragedy theme (introduced in "Kidnapped"), etc. They represent the narrative's ultimate crisis, setting up the catharsis of "The Healing" and "Thanksgiving." So my own advice to readers would be to not program them out. smile

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