Thursday, September 16, 2010

Plunking Down for Craig Armstrong's Hanging and Escape

Plunkett and Macleane is a 1999 movie in the historical, action, comedy genre, which sounds like an interesting combination as is the merging of different styles in Craig Armstrong's score. I discovered this score recently on, an ad based free download service currently in beta.  I picked up two tracks, Hanging and Escape.  Both tracks came up in my research into choral film music.  Hanging starts out with a string statement of the theme and then the chorus states the theme followed by a more subdued statement performed by a children's choir.  The cue continues alternating between string and choral statements of the theme, with the choral part becoming louder and more of an outburst by the end.  The track closes suspense fully with Escape beginning with an even louder choral outburst, although this time backed by electronic drum loops.  It sounds like an odd combination, but it really works and makes for an exciting, heart pumping listen.*****

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