Great review KK. Just one question. Why do you call 2:11 – 2:30 in “The Fight for Helium” the B phrase of John Carter's theme. That is the main John Carter theme, its not the B Phrase.
For anyone interested, I finally got the review done for this score:
I must say, I really came to like this score.
If anything, there is a heroic variation of that theme or the second John Carter theme (of the B theme as I would call it) heard in the track Sab Than Pursues the Princess.
Its heard here from 3:22 to 3:33 and again from 3:47 to 3: 57. Its briefly quoted again during the ape scene. I think this is a terrific heroic motif and should have been used more often whenever John Carter did something heroic.
So long story short, what you are calling the B phrase is actually the A phrase and the above motif might be called the B phrase (or a variation of the main theme).
PS: I really loved this score. It works magnificently in the movie as well. I am gonna watch the movie again just for the score.
Thank you my dear Ulyssessian
You're right, what I was referring to was not the B phrase but rather the second half of the theme. It was just a mix up in music vocabulary, it has been fixed. However, I believe what you're referring to is simply a heroic variation of John Carter's theme (as you suggested), not a potential B-Phrase.
I like Carter's theme, but the second half is a bit too overly optimistic for my tastes. I was looking out for the film when the waltz versions of the theme pop in to the film. The first appearance was during a comical sequence and it worked well, but the second time was during an intense climactic battle...it made no sense to make Carter's theme so. Dejah's theme is awesome though!
Also KK, can you post the from what second to what second in which track is Sola's theme? I couldn't identify it.
That was me, I haven't seen the film so I don't know if it's meaningful or just random music, but going with K.K.'s review I think it's the latter.
I don't think there was any specific theme/motif associated with Sola (or as it was in film). There are two other motifs that I didn't go into detail (although I mentioned them) in my review. There's the rapid motif that is associated with the "real world" montages (all of JC's activities on Earth in the film), and then there is the motif that shows up at 2:44 ish in The Blue Light Special
, although I'm not sure what its associated with. It might be random music, but it does show up more than once on the album (probably a thematic variation of some sort).