Filmtracks: Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman)
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Film scoring career[ edit ] At first, Newman was more interested in musical theater than in film composition, working with Sondheim in Broadway plays. Newman said that he thought "it was a tough job, at first" for requiring him to "develop vocabularies and a sense of procedure", only getting comfortable with writing scores "and not fraudulent in my efforts" after 8 years.
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InNewman composed the score to Sam Mendes ' first feature film American Beautycreated using mainly percussion instruments. Newman believed the score helped move the film along without disturbing the "moral ambiguity" of the script, saying "It was a real delicate balancing act in terms of what music worked to preserve that.
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Kaczmarek for Finding Neverland respectively. At the Oscar ceremony, he appeared in the opening segment by Errol Morriswho jokingly stated that Newman had been nominated for and failed to win an Oscar eight times. Newman received two Oscar nominations: He was nominated in the Original Score category with two other veteran composers, James Newton-Howard and Danny Elfmanboth of whom have also been nominated for several Oscars but each time unsuccessfully.
He also scored the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfalldirected by his longtime collaborator Sam Mendes, which celebrates the film franchise's 50th anniversary. Meet Joe Black is a trademark Thomas Newman score through and through, saturated with the techniques and mannerisms that have made him a collector's favorite in his more traditional orchestral side.
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There are essentially three parts of the Meet Joe Black score, two of which readily listenable and one that constantly pulls down the overall product. The highlight is obviously the wholesale offering of grand string romance, reaching its glorious crescendos of string harmony and bold brass counterpoint in the final two score cues.
The sex scene of "Whisper of a Thrill" is a lengthy development of this theme that also includes the more mystical, percussion-tingling element of Death's persona that Newman explores a few times in the work including the eerie "Served Its Purpose". While the grand finale in "The Next Place" is a show-stopper, it suffers from a prolonged paying time that resorts to the doldrums of the atmospheric side of the score.
Given the length of the film, it's no surprise that most of the cues from Newman are far less memorable atmospheric meanderings for woodwind, piano, and whispering strings. Lengthy passages of barely audible underscore are pleasantly rendered, but hardly interesting, especially compared to the swinging interludes of comedy.
The faster rhythms of the light-hearted cues in Meet Joe Black are arguably Newman doing what he does best. Cues like "Fifth Ave.
There's an intangible element of enjoyment that shines in Newman's music when he combines his traditional and plucked strings in such jaunty fashion, and the personality of these short bursts of energy in Meet Joe Black attempt to steal your attention.
The album suffers to some degree by its arrangement of a few classic songs amongst the score; their instrumental renditions eventually lead to a performance of "What a Wonderful World" that most unfortunately breaks up Newman's two strong dramatic cues at the end of the album. Overall, Newman provides all the right crescendos and themes at the correct times, but the score suffers from the same prolonged and largely hushed development that doomed the film.
A lack of warmth in the orchestra's performance, harmed by a relatively dull recording quality the opposite of The Shawshank Redemption's sharpnesscause Meet Joe Black to lack a genuine sense of romance necessary for it to thrive.