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The Emperor's Club Soundtrack

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Hollywood has created a virtual minigenre by portraying ceaselessly dedicated, if sometimes flawed, teachers goading their troublesome young charges to greatness (see also Stand and Deliver, Mr. Holland's Opus, and Dead Poet's Society). But director Michael Hoffman's tale crucially turns when its prestigious prep school teacher (Kevin Kline) ensnares himself in a moral dilemma while stoking the virtual Ivy League assembly line he toils for. Thus James Newton Howard's score sparkles with the intelligence implied by its modern orchestral pastoralism, yet comes haunted with a bittersweet emotional undercurrent as well. It's the sort of deceptively breezy, yet fragile balance that Rachel Portman employed in The Cider House Rules and elsewhere to great effect, toughened up and distanced with a little of Horner's A Beautiful Mind minimalist bent; in Howard's capable hands, it's a successful and ever-compelling mix. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Main Title
  2. Teaching Montage
  3. Hundert Remembers
  4. Quiz Montage
  5. The Big Test
  6. Hundert Quits
  7. 25 Years Later
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Sedgewick's Father
  10. Confronting Sedgewick
  11. Hundert Comes Clean
  12. The Toast
  13. Young Martin Blythe


Product Details

  • Composer: James Newton Howard
  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • ASIN: B000078JLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This soundtrack is outstanding. I knew most of the tracks and it's well adapted The more I saw the movie and read the short story, the more I think "Hey, I would want to listen to this." A listening pleasure as we remember and revisit the moral challenges facing Hundert. His devotion to duty and the expectation of recognition; the betrayal by trusted associates; the ultimate triumph of the values he taught. This music to me is perfect for traveling, going outdoors, look at nature, or even while working at school or at a local business.
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This soundtrack produced for the Emperor's Club, a movie essentially about teaching, the decline of the humanities as a standard of course instruction, and the facts of life that you cannot reach every student in the way you intend during the course of a career is remarkable.
The main theme is constantly variated and placed in different situations to demonstrate the effectiveness of the music applied to apects of student life.
Although this CD is now somewhat scarce and out of print, anyone who has seen the movie will understand and have a desire to purchase it. Well worth the scarcity price.
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The music is well adapted to the themes of the movie. Orchestration is appropriate. A listening pleasure as we remember and revisit the moral challenges facing Mr. Humbert. His devotion to duty and the expectation of recognition; the betrayal by trusted associates; the ultimate triumph of the values he taught.
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I never received this Item, I loved the movie , would have like the cd, but never got it
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If you watched the movie you have to have the soundtrack
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