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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Music That Matters: Top 50 Movie Symphonies (#26 Hymn To The Fallen by John Williams)

Not only was it a travesty that Shakespeare In Love won the 1998 Best Picture Academy Award over Saving Private Ryan, but also that John Williams brilliant score lost the Best Movie Score Academyaward to Nicola Piovani's score for Life Is Beautiful. And the losses also continued with a defeat at the Golden Globes to Burkhard Dallwitz's score for The Truman Show, and another loss at the BAFTA Awards at the hands of the score from Elizabeth. There was some redemption though with a win at the 1998 Grammys for Best Instrumental Composition For A Movie. Hymn To The Fallen is simply brilliant, and the best of John Williams' movies scores during the past twenty years. It is so powerful that the song can bring tears to my eyes in a matter of seconds at the most random of times. The song never appears in the actual film, but only during the end credits while those who saw in in the theaters sat in stunned silence after seeing a terrific movies, and any World War II veteran in attendance were weeping uncontrollably. Not only is this a brilliant movie theme, but perhaps the best musical piece ever that pays tribute to those who lost their lives in not only World War II, but all wars. Pretty confident am I that this song will live on forever, and I hope my children will one day play this tune for me when I'm no longer on this earth.

Ladies and gentlemen.... #26 Hymn To The Fallen by John Williams from Saving Private Ryan

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