Band of Brothers (Music from the HBO Miniseries)
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Michael Kamen's score for the television miniseries reflects the overall tone of the project. Band of Brothers is a fact-based account of a group of American soldiers preparing for and fighting in the European theater in the latter part of World War II, and it has a serious, heroic tone consistent with the "greatest generation" trend in such depictions of the war. Thus, Kamen echoes Late Romantic classical music, with sweeping strings and deliberate piano patterns for a majestic, if somewhat sad mood. The series has scenes of violent action, but Kamen doesn't seem to have been called upon to support them with music. Rather, he creates cues for many of the individual soldiers ("Winters on Subway," "Nixon's Walk") and for smaller scenes ("Boy Eats Chocolate"). "Plaisir d'Amour" features an a cappella children's choir, and Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 fits right in. The longest cue is also the darkest, the 11-minute "Discovery of the Camp," as the soldiers come upon a German concentration camp. That gives a good sense of the overall sound of the score to a work in which the heroism of the characters is contrasted with the evil that they confronted.
Can we please have the miniseries? PLEASE!!!!!
Without a doubt: Haunting, eclectic and totally heroic.
How fortunate were we to have this story, shortly before those the film was created from started passing on to that "Last big jump"? This movie/series was so profound and eye-opening, even startling. And with all they endured, and with what Maj. Winters expressed at the end of the documentary saying "Learn from these lessons because they were hard lessons for us to learn", we still have wars that last over a year or two? But it wasn't just Spielberg and Hanks that set the wheels in motion: Michael Kamen's work here certainly did these veterans some justice. It was as if he too were able to travel in time, pluck each soldier off the line and size him up for the right score in the movie. The scene from "The Replacements" entitled Parapluie (French for "Umbrella"), where the paratroops are dropping into Holland in broad daylight was unprecedented: His music mixed in with the drone of the C-47 props flying overhead while the chutes were deploying was magnificent. Buy the album, buy the discs. This was the most profound group of men that for years flew under the radar until near their dying days. You would have never guessed this kind of thing coming from people that were grandfathers or great-grandfathers, and it truly shows why they dubbed their generation "The Greatest Generation Ever".
Now if only they would actually get Band of Brothers on here, then everything would be wonderful.