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Composer James Newton Howard's evocative score was one of the many highlights of director Gary Ross' 2012 big-screen adaptation of author Suzanne Collins' dystopian, young adult blockbuster The Hunger Games. Tense, melodic, and brimming with cues that invoked the tale's rustic Appalachian roots, it helped to ground some of the film's more fantastical elements. For the much anticipated sequel, 2013's Catching Fire, Howard skillfully adapts those themes to a more urban environment, offering up an ethereal mix of stoic melodies and bold action cues that dutifully convey the second film's darker tendencies, while maintaining an undercurrent of soulfulness that reflects the emotional journey of its increasingly complex heroine.

Customer Reviews

Perfect score for a perfect sequel!

James Newton Howard has done it again. His score for Catching Fire perfectly captures the eeriness and sadness, yet also the quieter, and even epic and intense moments of the film. He integrates themes from the score of the Hunger Games, making them mesh in even with this sequel. A beautiful score that I cannot wait to buy and listen to.

A Score for a Great Movie

The movie was very good and was really true to the book and this score really captures the emotions of the movie and book. I liked the first Hunger Games score but this one is definitely better! My favorites are Katniss, The Tour, I Need You and Arena Crumbles.

Oh, come on.

Much better score than the original film -- and so cruel to make The Fog album only! By far the best track on the album -- hauntingly beautiful.


Born: June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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