26 Songs, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bourne Legacy breaks with its predecessors in a number of ways. It’s the first film in the Bourne series that isn’t based, however loosely, on a Robert Ludlum novel; nor does Matt Damon star as ex-C.I.A. agent Jason Bourne (in fact, the Bourne character doesn't appear in Legacy). Scriptwriter Tony Gilroy replaces Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third installments, as director. Additionally, composer James Newton Howard takes over for John Powell, who wrote music for the first three films. Howard’s score certainly has the tension and edginess required for an action thriller, but there's also a subtle sense of restraint on much of the soundtrack. Nevertheless, “Drone” features crunching guitar, chugging strings, and pounding percussion, and “Magsaysay Suite” fiercely thrashes and rattles as strings soar and guitar stutters. On the other end of the spectrum, the closing cue, “Aftermath,” artfully blends strings and woodwinds to brooding effect. A new, dramatically orchestrated version of Moby’s “Extreme Ways”—a song that's been used in all of the Bourne films—wraps things up.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bourne Legacy breaks with its predecessors in a number of ways. It’s the first film in the Bourne series that isn’t based, however loosely, on a Robert Ludlum novel; nor does Matt Damon star as ex-C.I.A. agent Jason Bourne (in fact, the Bourne character doesn't appear in Legacy). Scriptwriter Tony Gilroy replaces Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third installments, as director. Additionally, composer James Newton Howard takes over for John Powell, who wrote music for the first three films. Howard’s score certainly has the tension and edginess required for an action thriller, but there's also a subtle sense of restraint on much of the soundtrack. Nevertheless, “Drone” features crunching guitar, chugging strings, and pounding percussion, and “Magsaysay Suite” fiercely thrashes and rattles as strings soar and guitar stutters. On the other end of the spectrum, the closing cue, “Aftermath,” artfully blends strings and woodwinds to brooding effect. A new, dramatically orchestrated version of Moby’s “Extreme Ways”—a song that's been used in all of the Bourne films—wraps things up.

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About James Newton Howard

Pianist, producer, and composer James Newton Howard scored over 60 films beginning in the mid-'80s, including The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, Pretty Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Batman Begins, Michael Clayton, and the Hunger Games series. Howard began taking classical piano lessons at the age of four, playing on a piano owned by his grandmother, who was the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster and violinist during the 1930s and '40s. He went on to study at the USC School of Music and at the Music Academy of the West (in Santa Barbara, California) with Reginald Stewart and Leon Fleisher. He also studied under orchestrator Marty Paich, who would later conduct some of Howard's scores. After graduating from college, Howard joined a short-lived rock band, then worked for a couple of years as a session musician with artists including Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson. In 1975, he joined the band of the most popular artist of that time, Elton John, toured with them during the mid-'70s and later re-joined for a tour in 1980 and again in 1986. Over the years, Howard has worked as a songwriter, producer, or arranger with the such artists as Cher, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rickie Lee Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Toto, and more. He has received numerous Oscar nominations, and won an Emmy Award for his theme for the television show Gideon's Crossing and a Grammy Award in 2009 for his work on The Dark Knight. Those accolades brought continued high-profile film work, such as 2012's The Bourne Legacy, the Hunger Games franchise, and the Huntsman film series. He made his debut in the J.K. Rowling wizarding universe with 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. ~ Joslyn Layne

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