Saving Private Ryan: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Soundtrack performed by Star Wars composer, besides many other movie scores and Boston Pops, John Williams. A very melodic soundtrack.
What appears on screen during the World War II movie Saving Private Ryan suggests that director Steven Spielberg has studied the hyperviolence of Quentin Tarantino, John Woo, and Stanley Kubrick (think Full Metal Jacket). What you hear, however, assures that Spielberg still collects Norman Rockwell paintings. Composed by Spielberg's long-time musical companion, John Williams, Ryan denies the pair's penchant for ebullience in favor of funereal grace. Rather than mirror the visual kinetics, Williams lends the gunfire a tone-poem aura. Oliver Stone's Platoon makes the best comparison; remember how Barber's Adagio for Strings accompanied its most bloody moments? Williams later worked with Stone on JFK and Nixon, providing scores so somber, they qualified as morose. They remain two of his best, and Saving Private Ryan shares their restraint. --Marc Weidenbaum
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The soundtrack in itself is very short: about 40 minutes of music is included, and this is the whole music in the movie. It is one of the only scores in Williams' output where the music takes less than half of the movie. This was an effect wanted by Spielberg, so the music could come during specific points in the movie and describe the feelings of the character: anxiety while awaiting for the Nazi to attack, the heroic sacrifice of the American soldiers, the memories from the past... This participates to create a climax that makes this movie so special.
Because of this purpose, it is a little harder to listen to this music by itself compared to, let's say, the Indiana Jones soundtracks for example. This is why I give it 4 stars instead of 5. However, the recording proves once more than Williams is a master of the orchestra and that he can create both heroic pieces (like the "Hymn to the Fallen") as well as more introvert ones that move us to another place back in time.
I don't think so. Listen to this soundtrack before you conclude that this reviewer has gone out-of-his-mind starry.
Williams embellishes a great movie with a superlative soundtrack that is memorable not for its fireworks but for its muscular, toned way of holding back. In producing this kind of restrained aural backdrop for PRIVATE RYAN, the composer makes his contribution to the magnificent dignifying of the American soldiers' sacrifice in WWII that raises the film above the genre of war flicks to a level where it partakes of something greater than clever description.
Listen to the trumpets. Luxuriate in the never completely absent tympanic presence. Hear the snare, Williams' one token of martial thematics, over and over again, reminding us that this is war as much as it is music.
Leave room for tears. Williams' score elevates the souls but will not allow one to forgo the tears. Just listen. And weep if you must.