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Listening to Eastern Promises right now. Sublime score.

It is rather. The score is positively dripping with Slavonic melacholy which more often than not gets to me.

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Yes, I know. I often wonder how this distinct Russian/Slavonic tone is achieved in composition. I have a very personal connection with the Russian culture (through a lovely girl named, ironically, Tatiana), been there several times, and I feel Shore captured it beautifully.

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Can you two enlighten me as to the difference between Slavonic and Slavic in this case? Ta! :)

Speaking of Russia: Can't wait to get back to Germany and resume singing in the Russian Choir I sang in during undergrad. My voice probably isn't up to par anymore, though...

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Can you two enlighten me as to the difference between Slavonic and Slavic in this case? Ta! :)

Actually they have pretty much the same meaning, either refering to Slavs as people or something relating to them or specifically the Slavic language(s).

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I've only ever encountered Slavonic in "Old Church Slavonic", i.e. a liturgical language of sorts. Slavic is the big pot that everything else from the Neisse to Kamtchatka gets thrown in.

Speaking of such music:

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It's the score where he pushes his aleatoric work to the farthest boundaries, and its fascinating to hear as a whole. Really one of my favourite Shore works.

Listening to this again tonight. I've never seen the movie; does anyone have anything good to say about it? A Google search suggests that it's visually weird/awesome.

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Never seen it. From what I've heard, it doesn't hold up to scrutiny well and its a bit pretentious but its visuals are really cool. I've been curious about checking it out myself.

The director also happens to be the same guy who directed Immortals....

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Clickbait tweet!

A> Cronenberg immediately turning down their offer is not "shockingly close"

B> Even if Cronenberg directed a SW film, there's no guarantee Shore would have scored it.

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To my knowledge, Shore has scored all of Cronenberg's films since their collaboration started. And considering he was offered one of the spinoff movies (not the main trilogy), I don't see why Shore wouldn't have done it.

Though Shore and Star Wars don't exactly mix...

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Didn't they say that before LOTR! Was there not a member who recently posted here about how versatile Shore can be?

Dramatically versatile, but technically he's fairly circumscribed. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, so were Barry and Herrmann (and Philip Glass is a good living example). t just means it wouldn't be a STAR WARS score with the quick-witted, endlessly colourful, improvisational quality we're used to. It would probably be more unified, but at the expense of tonal variety.

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To my knowledge, Shore has scored all of Cronenberg's films since their collaboration started. And considering he was offered one of the spinoff movies (not the main trilogy), I don't see why Shore wouldn't have done it.

Though Shore and Star Wars don't exactly mix...

*le sigh*

http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a437740/david-cronenberg-i-was-asked-to-direct-star-wars-return-of-the-jedi.html

EDIT: and Shore has scored all but one of Cronenberg's films. Ironically the one that he didn't score came out in 1983! The same year as Jedi....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Zone_(film)

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Is there any other current (film) composer that is releasing older works on his own label? (How many composers with their own label are there, coincidentally? None come to my mind right now...Trevor Jones, perhaps...)

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Did it appear that after ROTK, Jackson and Shore would form a partnership on future films? I think it's a shame things didn't work out for Kong. The only film I can recall PJ doing after that is The Lovely Bones.

Scored by none other than Sir Brian Eno.

I wonder what Brian Eno thinks of Howard Shore...

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