Harry Gregson-Williams did not catch my eye, or should I say ear, until I heard some of his additional music that was included with various Bruckheimer films such as The Rock and Armageddon. With this, I soon began to recognize Gregson-Williams in films such as Enemy of the State [not much of a stretch here], Antz, Spy Game and The Rundown. Though I was impressed, it was the music behind Kingdom of Heaven that got me excited about the soundtrack for Harry Gregson-Williams latest project-- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
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However, a large budget fantasy world that offers mystical creatures, suspense, action and adventure requires the best of composers. Was Harry Gregson-Williams up to the task?
Chronicles of Narnia Music Preview
The good people over at SoundtrackNet have recently been given the ultimate preview for the original soundtrack score to the first film of Chronicles of Narnia. The website currently offers a short preview of each track available for the OST. Though a preview is not the easiest way to get a gist of the overall music for the film, it still speaks louder than words. Judging by the preview alone, it looks like Gregson-Williams may have nailed the score for this fantasy adventure.
Ok, ok, to be fully honest I was hoping that the James Newton Howard track from Treasure Planet was going to appear in the film. If you don't know what track I am speaking of, just open up the full trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia and wait for the track that covers the final thirty seconds of the clip. That shit gave me the chills.
Fortunately, that is my only nitpick of the music and admit that I am thoroughly impressed with what has been accomplished by Gregson-Williams.
The only detail that has me curious about the soundtrack is that it only contains thirteen score tracks for the film and none of them are 'extended.' It has been suggested that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will have a running time of two hours and ten minutes. The soundtrack previewed shows a running time of about fifty minutes. Am I to guess that over half the film won't have any background music?
Listen to the soundtrack for The Chronicles of Narnia yourself by heading over to SoundtrackNet.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
opens its doors on December 9th.
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