“Don Davis sent me a CD-R with his complete score for Jurassic Park III. I thought I’d share my first impressions with you.
This is without any doubt one of the most frenetically dramatic, demanding action scores I’ve ever heard. I don’t know whether Decca’s CD release of the score will feature all 78 minutes of music, but if they do, prepare for an earshattering experience.
I would say that 90 percent of the score is Davis’ own. The rest is based on the themes by John Williams – the one used most frequently is the uplifting ‘island theme’ (often re-orchestrated with French horns joining the trumpets in the melody line). Also used pretty often is the ‘pastoral’ string theme with its piano variations. For some of the action cues, Davis also incorporates what I believe is the T-Rex motif from the first film, which also the one that closes the first score with that ominous Frenchhorn solo.
Apart from this, the music is Davis’ own, but there is a difference between the action music and the rest: there is more of a Williams sound in the orchestrations and the overall style in the low-key parts of the score. When it comes to the action music, I would say that we are closer to Davis’ own, uncompromising style, hugely orchestrated with many difficult parts for trombones and horns. This score must have been exhausting for the ensemble to record, because it’s simply one of the busiest scores ever composed. Those of you who are familiar with Davis’ most dramatic cues in The Beast and The Matrix should be aware of that those are easy-listening compared to this!
In terms of themes, Davis has composed one theme of his own and it’s a reflective, beautiful theme which is something of a soulmate to Williams’ ‘pastoral’ theme.
The music is absolutely splendidly recorded by Armin Steiner, the balance between the different sections of the orchestra and the choir is strikingly clear.
Now, I’m pretty biased as Don is my man and I love all of his stuff, but I do believe that this score is going to be pretty much discussed, hailed by some, and probably considered over-dramatic by others. Nevertheless it’s definitely this year’s most interesting score so far, in my opinion.”
I don’t know about you, but I simply can’t wait to hear this score! A special thanks to JWFan.net for giving us the heads up.