Rousing horn fare rises to play the Hyborean Theme as Conan slays one attacker after the next. Poledouris then introduces the Queen Tamaris Theme carried by full orchestra over an unrelenting percussive ostinato to drive the cue to conclusion.
Wondrous accents of sparkling glockenspiel, celesta, shimmering harp glissandi, crotales, tubular bells and chimes serve to create a stirring passage of uncommon beauty.
This is one of my favorite cues of the score. Just magnificent! As they enter the Queens court we hear an eerie and portentous piccolo Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer, plucked bass and finger cymbals imparting a sense that all is not as it seems. This is nicely done.
A sparkling ostinato and timpani set the stage for battle that when joined is supported by primitive percussion. Following her defeat, we hear her tender theme on solo cor anglais with tambourine accents as Conan accepts her offer to join the quest. A variant of the Hyborean Theme supports the party as they ride through the countryside. As they top a ridge and behold the Crystal Palace we hear an introduction to the tri-tonal Toth-Amon Theme, which features a repeating four-note line embellished with sparkling percussion.
We see the wizard Toth-Amon transform himself into a magical bird, which flies across the lake, captures Jehenna in his talons and then transports her to his palace. His ethereal tri-tone theme plays on harp with flute counters as he lays her to rest in a crystalline bedchamber. An intimate small ensemble perform a mysterioso tri-tonal sound with low register ponticello strings, sparkling harp glissandi, celesta, vibraphone, bells and alto flute.
As they gain entry and begin their exploration a lyrical sting line emerges with harpsichord Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer glockenspiel Kebnekaise Kebnekaise III. Slowly the melodic line deepens, becoming menacing until the ethereal Toth-Amon Theme emerges as we see him descend into the chamber of mirrors.
As he enters the chamber a clock-like variant of the Toth-Amon Theme plays, reflecting his domain. In a repeating line the melody begins an ascent in register, serving to raise tension. At horns signal the battle is joined and we hear the lumbering Chamber of Mirrors Theme, a slow, methodical and powerful low register repeating six-note Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer with a three note metallic echo.
At as all seems lost, Conan discovers that breaking a mirror wounds the beast and so proceeds to smash all of Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer. His horn-laden theme is now ascendant with sparkling percussion as he turns the tide Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer battle. We slowly build to crescendo as Conan slays the beast. Doloroso woodwinds signal a mortally wounded Toth-Amon who has returned to his human form.
As his life ebbs we hear his theme slowly fade to nothingness. Wow, what a classic piece and score highlight! Conan pursues and Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer combat with her kidnapper in an epic battle. It is a stunning piece abounding with great action writing!
Analysis and Appreciation Ed Chang - May 20,at a. Logan - November 13,at p. Battle of the Mounds Pt. The insert of the set contains detailed analysis of the film, composer, and score. A video of the recording sessions was available at Tadlow's website at the time of their album's release.
In the notes of the Intrada set, documentation about the technical aspects of the release is abundant, but cue-by-cue analysis is slim and residents of Vashon Island near Seattle may not be pleased. And on to this Conan It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure! All rights reserved. The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks. Aladdin 6. Shawshank Redemption Tony Allen Moyege 8.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Edward Scissorhands. For Basil Poledouris The Universal Robot Band Barely Breaking Even at Filmtracks, the average editorial rating is 3.
Average: 4. View results for all titles. Start New Thread. Search Comments. Prometheus recording - sound issue Slavomir - February 25,at a. Basil's other daughter Alexis, the youngest has contributed an introduction to Tadlow's recent definitive version of "Conan the Barbarian". This comes on 2 CDs and includes all the music in the film, with a wealth of previously unrecorded tracks, additional bonus material and a suite from "Conan the Destroyer".
The new release can be found at Amazon. The concert is available on youtube in 5 parts - use the following youtube playlist to play all 5 parts in sequence. Basil Poledouris Trivia: Much earlier in his career the composer appeared as an extra in 3 episodes of the original Star Trek TV series! For television Poledouris has scored some long mini-series, and dabbled in a few other classic series. For those of you who are familiar with the composer's later work for Robocop inyou will be familiar with the man's unique sense of blending alien elements together, specifically the cold industrial clanging and eerie electronic motives bringing the cyber-punk universe of Robocop to life with the heart-breaking harmonics of traditional orchestration detailing the protagonist's feelings.
As was the case with Jerry Goldsmith, Poledouris seemed able to create something totally different by slamming two contradictory elements together, and make them become inseparable in the process. All of Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer probably explains why the film still enjoys a cult following to this day - the music captured something that the image couldn't, so that scenes of romance wouldn't feel like mere filler between sword-wielding action, but rather part of a natural continuum.
It brings together all the thematic elements of the film into one epic 5-and-a-half-minute roller coaster of a track. The first third "Riddle of Steel" scores the musings of Conan's father, as he gets a tad too philosophical about swords. However, the multi-dimensional quality of Poledouris' music accomplishes two things at once: on the one hand providing a sort of ideological core to the main character, and on the other showing the strong bond between these two Basil Poledouris The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Chorus Nic Raine Conan The Destroyer.
This particular theme is the most common one heard throughout the score, often highlighting matters of love, loyalty, friendship and dare I, an atheist, use the word spirituality. As a side note, if you are a massive admirer of Poledouris' trademark fluttering violin movements, this track contains the most beautiful and jaw-dropping example of the technique. Some two minutes in, the track morphs into what sounds like a dark re-envisioning of a Carl Orff composition While that may be deemed blasphemous to the most fervent Carmina Burana admirers out there, I must insist that those among you who haven't yet heard Poledouris' "Riders of Doom" Klaus Nomi Simple Man do so immediately, or hang your heads in shame!
Adding to the whole chivalric mythos, things kick off with a few celebratory trumpets, as if to signal the troops to get ready for battle or, as in this case, barbarous carnage.
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