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With that, this score is riddled with the sound of a saxophone. There might even be credit to what Spielberg wrote: the saxophone solos do sound improvised. It seems Williams uses the saxophone in the score to parallel the main character Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio)who is an amazing imposter. Because like an imposter, his every move may sound and appear improvised, but underneath the veneer, every move (or every note) is calculated.
There are three themes in this score. The main theme here is aptly titled Catch Me If You Can, a minimalist piece that consist of vibes, xlyophones and woodwinds written in an offbeat time signature. The second is an upbeat 4/4 progressive motif with staccato strings and alto saxophone riffs that reminds me of William's own "Home Alone" scores and Howard Shore's "Mrs. Doubtfire" score.Read more ›
But for Williams, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was very much a homecoming, as he started out in jazz and even worked quite closely with Mancini early on in Hollywood. The genuine jauntiness and mystery of the film's main musical motifs are balanced by moments of warm but not mushy sentimentality, and hit songs of that period by Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, and Dusty Springfield round out this appealing collection.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was such an offbeat project for a composer and a director known for boldness, but it served as a challenge that Spielberg aced on the screen and Williams aced in his music. It is highly recommended for its sheer audacity in going back to the past and still remaining relevant to today.
Once I discovered it was done by John Williams, things started to click. The arrangement and themes actually go back way before he was famous. Back to an era he may not want you to remember. Back when he was known simply as "Johnny" Williams.
First, notice the melody and pace of the creeping marimbas and bubbling flutes. Next, catch a repeat of the old Sci-Fi, TV Fairy-Tale known as "LOST IN SPACE." Listen for the incidental, suspense-scene music throughout. Did you catch the composer's name in the credits?
Bingo!(and still very cool)!
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Lots of sonic fun to be had hear. Awesome to hear some new variations on John William's musical genius.Published 5 months ago by Mark
I picked up the soundtrack to this film a while ago now, and I am very pleased with it! John Williams is the Best!!Published on January 18, 2014 by Augustus
Excellent music. Best yet. Have always loved movies and music. This is the best!
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If you liked the music in the movie you will enjoy this! I love the oddball music in this movie. It's too bad it's no longer really for sale, but many copies are available with... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by DJ
Very enjoyable selection of music. Surprises include that John Williams wrote some selections that sound like impromptu jazz.Published on September 28, 2010 by renee ditzenberger
Fantastic album. The only thing I was a little bummed about was the fact that I had already bought Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" and it was on this album, but I could barely... Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by M. Jones
This is not Obi-Wan's John Williams, but harkens back to when he was know as jazz guitartist Johnny Williams. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Joe Frazier
I heard a wonderful performance of John Williams' "Escapades for Saxaphone and Orchestra" by Branford Marsalis and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by William Lee Bynum
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