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Ciaran Michael Vejby  Pendragon Films Entertainment, LLC

Track: Main Title
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
Picture: Star Trek: First Contact
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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“I think that the great part of creativity is overcoming fear. Fear is a given. When you sit down and have to begin something, don't be afraid to be filled with fear, because it goes with the turf.” — Jerry Goldsmith
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Composer Jerry Goldsmith’s music has colored many a diverse landscape, from the nightmarish deep space of “Alien” to the lush lands of Imperialistic China in “Mulan.” But it is Goldsmith’s iconic work on “Star Trek” that has stood the test of time, propelling the Original Series cast onto the big screen in 1979 and continuing with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1987. Goldsmith’s soaring score allows audiences to take flight both on the big screen and at home. When the Original Series cast signed off officially with “Generations” in 1994, Paramount Pictures tapped Next Generation director and co-star Jonathan Frakes to helm “Star Trek: First Contact.” Captain Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) and the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise find themselves once more pitted against the nefarious Borg in their plot to assimilate Earth in the past and change its future.
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But while “First Contact” is clothed in the garb of a space zombie action flick, the film’s humanity and soul is greatly elevated by a rousing main theme, a yearning pastoral number that underlines the historical significance of the titular first contact, but the instrumentation makes it almost militaristic at the same time as it does with many Goldsmith scores. The February 11, 2016 Prague performance of the film’s opening title and main theme are conducted by Chuhei Iwasaki and featuring the Filmova filharmonie. Concert footage courtesy of Film Music Prague Festival.
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Track: Chevaliers De Sangreal
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Picture: The Da Vinci Code
Studio: Imagine Entertainment
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“[For ‘Da Vinci Code’], I got to spend a whole year researching and looking at paintings and reading books and stuff on that subject. It really was a brilliant way of spending a year..” — Hans Zimmer
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Continuing with a second piece from Köln in April 2016, we turn to Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code.” Hans Zimmer’s score mixes a frenzy of strings in the tradition of Hitchcock’s Bernard Hermann with choral for menace and exaltation. In many respects, Zimmer’s s score runs along more traditional film scoring lines than much of his experimental scoring prior to this film and since.
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In retrospect, the selection of Hans Zimmer for “The Da Vinci Code” was peculiar for Ron Howard, whose one and only collaboration with Zimmer took place back in 1991 with “Backdraft.” Howard’s lifetime composer James Horner would then take on Terrence Malick’s “The New World” when Zimmer became unavailable. Twelve years later, Howard and Zimmer’s collaborations have included “Frost/Nixon,” “Angels & Demons,” “The Dilemma,” “Rush,” and “Inferno.” The Köln performance of the film’s climax features Rusanda Panfili @rusandapanfili on violin and Tina Guo @tinaguo on electric cello. Concert footage courtesy of hanszimmerfans.de and filmreport.
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Track: Up Is Down / He’s A Pirate
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Picture: Pirates of the Caribbean
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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“When movies first came out, maybe they were in black and white and there wasn't any sound and people were saying the theater is still the place to be. But now movies and theater have found their own place in the world.” — Hans Zimmer
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While Hans Zimmer is most well-known for his Hollywood film scores, the Los Angeles based composer began his career playing keyboard and synthesizers in the mid-1970s, working with The Buggles, a new wave London band. Zimmer continued to experiment in rock and new wave bands and as a music producer through the 1980s before finding his big break into film in 1988 on Barry Levinson’s “Rain Man.”
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Klaus Badelt is credited with composing the score for the original “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” though it is confirmed that Hans Zimmer originated a number of the major themes heard in the final film. Zimmer would serve on three of the four sequels. This medley of themes is heard here in concert at The Köln Concert in Germany with Rusanda Panfili @rusandapanfili on violin and Tina Guo @tinaguo on electric cello. Concert footage courtesy of hanszimmerfans.de and filmreport.
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Track: A Dark Knight
Composer: Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
Picture: The Dark Knight
Studio: Warner Brothers Studios
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"As far as the creative process goes, I'd rather do this than anything else, by far. Something different happened to me when I started to write music to images. It was a feeling of excitement and connection and a sense of being in the right place that I never had before." — James Newton Howard
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In the wake of the release of "Batman Begins," Hans Zimmer stated that the Batman Theme heard at the end of the film would be fleshed out in the sequel as the character developed. But when it came time to make Christopher Nolan's sequel, "The Dark Knight," it became clear to both composers that heroic fanfare that the viewers could hum would undermine the dark complexity of the titularly character. The Batman Theme is heard only twice in the entire film.
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Instead, Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard offer a score that juxtaposes the strained rising insanity of strings as heard in The Joker's Theme with the triumphant idealism pronounced with the music for Gotham's White Knight, Harvey Dent. From this battle of opposites, a new bittersweet theme emerges in the film's final minutes as Bruce Wayne decides to take the fall for Harvey's crimes in "A Dark Knight." This live rendition from 2013 was recorded live at The Masterpiece Experience featuring cellist Tina Guo and vocalist Uyanga Bold.
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Track: The Imitation Game (Suite)
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Picture: The Imitation Game
Studio: The Weinstein Company
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"It's very hard to understand what's happening in someone's brain and what goes into their experience and their death, and the music has to say a lot..” — Alexandre Desplat
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Alexandre Desplat is no stranger to rapid composition, having written a number of film scores in just three weeks. The French born composer attributes his ability to cope with the incredible deadline with being able to compose quickly. For the historical biopic, "The Imitation Game," Desplat was given just two and a half weeks to score the picture. He recorded and orchestrated the soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
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Unlike many of his contemporaries, including John Williams and Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat rarely makes appearances in concert, preferring to cruise from one project to another at near lightning speed. Here, his sweeping score for "The Imitation Game" is performed by The Film Symphony Orchestra under Constantino Martínez-Orts.
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Track: You Are The Pan
Composer: John Williams
Picture: Hook
Studio: TriStar Pictures
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“I always wrote music for my friends, but my focus was on playing piano. I didn't think I'd be quite good enough to be a soloist, but I believed that if I worked hard enough, I could work as a player, a teacher.” — John Williams
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We round out our John Williams film scores in concert trio with a piece from the Maestro’s score for Steven Spielberg’s “Hook.” In 1985, composer John Williams and lyricist Leslie Bricusse worked on “Hook” as a stage musical, but the project was scrapped after about ten songs were written. For legal reasons, none of the songs written have ever been released or heard since 1990.
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Only one song from the play, “When You're Alone,” made it to the film. However, many of the play' themes can be heard in Williams' incidental music for the film. While the film was met with mixed reviews and disappointment on the part of Spielberg, John Williams’ score continues to captivate concert goers around the world.
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