Tom (Quoting Cicero and Polybius)
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Date Posted: Thu, Oct 18 2007, 10:53:46 GMT
Thinking about the soundtrack, I should have pretty good clue how it should be constructed.
I guess basically you have three major themes representing the three main characters. First of all there is Jim's Theme performed by strings and piano with a solo fiddle as lead. A little triole should do perfect for Jim's winking. Secondly you have Doyler's theme, a bit more Irish than Jim's theme with the flute as prominent instrument. Jim's and Doyler's theme should be coherent as the characters meet each other the music should intertwine too. Last there is MacMurrough's theme, a bit darker and more gloomy theme with soft woodwinds and celli. Towards the end of the soundtrack, the three themes should be presented in their full form. Jim gets a solo soprano boy that chants Latin, Doyler gets a more mature mezzosoprano that sings in Gaelic.
The secundary themes are those for Mr. Mack/Doyle and Eva MacMurrough. Mack's theme is a blunt one, presented with a lot of brass and some percussion. Eva's theme is a bit more tricky. I think she would do perfect with a solo violin, with a lot of staccatos when she's in 'battle mode' ^_^ and more long, melodic passages when Casement or her childhood is shown. Perhaps some light chorus must be added too.
The sea (Jim), the weather (the rain/Doyker) and Scrotes (MacEmm) should have a variation on the main themes. The sea should feature refined choir, the weather gets a thin whistle treatment and Scrotes get some low latin chants, presumingly by male vocalists and is doomed to be written in mineur. Dublin should get its own theme too, but less prominent.
Some key passages:
"Towards Ballygihen House": Brass, violins and a sunny melody, very spacious!
"Jim seduces the soldier": duet between violin and cello, backed up by piano and orchestra.
"Crossing to the Muglins": a duduk and violin meander the main melody played by piano.
"Hotel under siege": choral version of the Dublin Theme. The dead boy should get a variation on Jim or Doyler's theme.
"Jim seduced MacEmm": MacMurrough's theme and Jim's theme are mixed together with small and fragile boy soprano singing.
"Doyler rescues Jim": Big choral piece, latin lyrics (perhaps from Dante or a lacrimosa) and some percussion. A final bang when Doyler's body is ripped apart by bullets.
"Jim's goodbye": strings here, subdued, sad and heartbreaking.
"After life": the end of the soundtrack: starts with piano and violin, very softly and mystic with a solo for a Gaelic-singing soprano. (Very Thomas-Newmanesque!) Reprise from intertwined Jim's and MacMurrough's theme when Jim lies broken in MacEmm's arms. Finale with full wordless chorus when the boys finally meet again.
To conclude a couple of playful additions: hop-figure that corresponds with Doyler's tripping leg, an English horn that features in a variation on Jim's theme for Gordie and a trumpet for "The death of Mr. Doyle".
I can picture it now! I can hear it. Man, I would like to have a soundtrack! ^_^
As ending title: well, if you really want Enya, fine, use her, but I would go for Eimear Quinn. Delightful :)
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