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These are individual clips (each about 1 minute) of various scores that I've reviewed.  You'll need the RealPlayer G2 to download these, available for free at
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The clips are in the 56K format, only because the 28K format sounds terrible.  However, users of 28K modems should still be able to hear them, since they're not streaming.  If you can't get them to play, email me at and I'll help.

Legend by Jerry Goldsmith 11. The Dress Waltz (2:02)
I couldn't really decide which thematic section to give here - they're all splendid, so I went for something completely different.  This demonic, stirring waltz is probably one of the best pieces on the album, and almost the entire track is presented here.  Notice how it begins somewhat innocently, but ends up completely malicious and evil.

NOTE: This is in 28K format, so the sound quality will be a little worse than 56K.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace These are 2 soundclips that show the foreshadowing of Augie's Great Muncipal Band, due to the interpolation of the Emperor's theme in the chorus.
 The Emperor's Theme
This choral theme is the Emperor's theme (used for Darth Sidious in TPM).  It's in a minor mode with low brass accompaniment.
 Augie's Great Muncipal Band
This is the supposedly upbeat and happy resolution of The Phantom Menace.  However, upon closer listening, you can tell that the triumphant choral theme is actually a major key interpolation of the Emperor's theme, demonstrating who really won the battle.

Both these clips are only 15 seconds and 5 seconds, respectively, but are meant to prove a point rather than give a sample of the score.

2001 by Alex North (from the rejected score)
 1. Main Title
This was meant to replace the infamous "Also Sprach Zarathustra" as the main title for 2001.  There are many structural similarities, as well as instrumental (i.e. There's a pipe organ near the end in both.)  Here's "Thus Spake Zarathustra" from the original soundtrack:
 Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss

Reviews of both coming next week.

Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev
 6. Arise, People of Russia
One of the main choral themes.

The Alien Trilogy
 4. Breakaway from Alien by Jerry Goldsmith
This clip has examples of most of the action motives.  Also, listen to the obscure serpent instrument.  Finally, notice the imcompetance of my computer CD player through the various skips in the first few seconds :)

Batman by Danny Elfman
 20. Finale
Includes love theme, etc. as well as major key Batman theme.  This was one of my favorite tracks from the album.

Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris
 2. Riders of Doom
Includes a full statement of the epic choral theme.

Krull by James Horner
These are here to give you a general idea of the score before you shell out $40 of your hard earned money for the full album.  I personally love the score (and so do most other people) but this may not be something that you want to buy.
 End Credits
This is a suite of the main theme and love theme.  Chances are, if you don't like these, you'll hate the rest of the album.  Pay close attention to the annoying choir at the very end, since they appear some in the score.  It's definitely not enough to ruin the album, but that doesn't mean I have to like them. :-)

 The Slayers Attack
Here is a typical example of the action music.  There's not a ton of thematic material here, but one of the main motives appears in the last 30 seconds.

The Lord of the Rings by Leonard Rosenman
 16. Helm's Deep
The last statement of the avant-garde choral theme.  Sorry about the major skipping on the last few notes.

Peacemaker by Hans Zimmer
 4. Chase
This presents most of the main action motifs.  It's representative of most of the score.

Stargate by David Arnold
 10. Mastadge Drag
One of the best (although shortest) tracks, this gives a loud, energetic scherzo based on the main theme.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith
 8. Spock's Arrival
I think this is some of the best of the previously unreleased material on the new expanded CD (buy it now!)  It gives a mystical, evocative statement of Spock's theme, but it's not characteristic of most of the score.  Notice the subtle entrance of the main march theme at the end.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by James "Rip-Off" Horner
 7. Battle in the Mutara Nebula
It was hard to pick just one clip from this masterful score, but I think that this 40 second section provides the best overall picture.  It opens with an abrupt statement of Khan's theme, and a huge fanfare based on the main theme.

James Horner and the Schindler's List Syndrome

While Horner has been known for copying a lot of things, none of them stand out more in my mind than his double borrowing of the entire Schindler's List theme in both Apollo 13 and Titanic.  Listen and judge for yourself.

Original Theme:
 Theme from Schindler's List by John Williams
Rip Off #1:
 Reentry and Splashdown from Apollo 13  by James Horner
Let's do it again, shall we:
 Death of Titanic from Titanic by James Horner

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