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Battle Scene Music

Postby Frosty08 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:13 am

Hi,

I've scoured endlessly to find a particular song used in several action/thriller movie trailers, and I've come up short up to now. It's an opera choir singing that builds up to a long climax, with a moderately slow tempo, and it's used during a drama-filled battle sequences, e.g. Lord of the Rings, 300. It's not 'O Fortuna', but the same notes are hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am4Z5ChT1Gc

Now, this youtube clip has several production samples, but if you listen at 2:08 (The Chronicles of Narnia - Battle Scene), this has almost the same tempo, with the same 'drum' sound in the background. To be more specific, the first two notes sung at 2:15 are the EXACT notes used in my unknown song to start the build-up and climax.

I know this is tough, but this site is by far the most detailed and well managed site about classical music I've found. If anyone can help me out on this, I'd be forever grateful.

Thanks,
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Re: Battle Scene Music

Postby kickassclassical » Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:40 am

Hi Frosty08,

We're wondering if you're not far off...

The piece we're reminded of when listening to your selection is from the same soundtrack, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" by Harry Gregson-Williams.

It's called "The Battle." You can hear it here:

(Amazon mp3 link:)
http://bit.ly/cF4CFX

Let us know!
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Re: Battle Scene Music

Postby Frosty08 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:43 pm

Thanks for the reply,

It's not from this track but it sounds like it, same tempo. The song I'm looking for has been around for years, and it's been used in several motion picture trailers. I think Hans Zimmer may have composed the piece. Again, listen to the two notes sung at minute 2:15; hopefully someone will recognize it.
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Re: Battle Scene Music

Postby Frosty08 » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:45 pm

Sound the horns!!

I've got it....it's 'Escape' by Craig Armstrong. This is the original song. Oh my god! I can't believe I've found it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhP6F-vxeZI
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Re: Battle Scene Music

Postby kickassclassical » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:29 pm

Congrats! It's from Craig Armstrong's soundtrack to the 1999 film "Plunkett & Macleane."

The full version is available not on this soundtrack (oddly), but on his CD "Film Works: 1995-2005"

(Amazon link):
http://bit.ly/a0yQdu

One of our faves!
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