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 Posted:   Aug 25, 2019 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

How does it compare to his score version for another romantic fixture, The Appointment?

Think full orchestra v. chamber ensemble ...

I'm sure he reused some of the notes from the earlier score but I don't glean any other similarities. smile

And as Stephen states, this is not a repetitive score ... indeed the second half or so is completely different, as befits the film's plot-line which turns from 1940's melodrama into 1970's boys' own action.

It's a gorgeous score and I was so taken with it that I spent the time ripping it from the DVD release ... and note that the CD release is not completely the same. I rarely play that DVD-rip these days but when I first played the VS release it initially sounded strange.

I would not list Hanover Street (1979) as one of John Barry's top (10?) scores but to suggest it's boring, etc. is, IMHO, laughable.
Mitch

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2019 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

What Mitch said.

The Appointment is a smaller orchestra and that score is very repetitive—it's one theme that keeps coming in and out in variations.

Hanover Street is a bigger, more traditional orchestra. I'd say it's closer to Robin and Marian and King King in that it's not just a romantic score, but an action-adventure score rooted in a romantic theme.

The score includes:

A lovely main theme in the Somewhere In Time style, but more consciously harking back to the 1940s.

Foreboding drama, for instance in the mission preparation scenes.

Sustained suspense, such as when the heroes enter the German compound.

Intense, pounding drama music, such as when the bomb hits near the start of the movie, and when the bomber plan carrying our heroes takes a direct hit.

'Chase' music, for instance the motorcycle chase and bridge sequence.

And some charming chamber music, for instance for the main characters' romantic meets and famly scenes.

Anybody who just hears the main theme repeating itself on Hanover Street is either listening to the wrong CD or just the main title on a loop without noticing.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2019 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Thanks Mitch and Stephen. I'm wondering if JB had access to Legrand's slow roasting skit the latter compiled for the movie, as presented by FSM. That would certainly explain how any sense of repetitiveness could have become propounded within his own efforts. Bitten by the bug big grin

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2019 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

The funny thing is, while The Appointment is a repetitive score, with just one theme (and Hanover Street isn't), it's one of those themes that you can just relax into and the repetitiveness doesn't bother me. It helps it's not too long, I suppose.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2019 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

The funny thing is, while The Appointment is a repetitive score, with just one theme (and Hanover Street isn't), it's one of those themes that you can just relax into and the repetitiveness doesn't bother me. It helps it's not too long, I suppose.

Cheers


And there's Stu's score accounting for The Appointment's unique menage a trois. It's been a long time since I saw Hanover Street. I wonder how Peter Hyams and JB got on? This would have been their single joint outing, I presume?

 
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