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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 400)

Release Date: April 17, 2018

Conducted by James Horner

Format: CD

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1. Boys Playing Airplanes 4:08
2. Exploring The Forest 2:32
3. The Train Ride To A New Home 3:30
4. The Winds Gently Blow Through The Garden 5:52
5. An Odd Discovery Beyond The Trees 2:48
6. Dolls Are Not For Big Girls, Propaganda Is… 3:40
7. Black Smoke 1:42
8. Evening Supper – A Family Slowly Crumbles 7:48
9. The Funeral 1:50
10. The Boys' Plans, From Night To Day 2:35
11. Strange New Clothes 9:50
12. Remembrance, Remembrance 5:29
  Total Album Time: 51:44

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James Horner's gift, among many gifts, was his ability to find and focus on the most intimate and subtle emotions, bringing them to the forefront with his music. It mattered not whether he was scoring an epic like Titanic or an intimate drama like The Man Without a Face. The 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was of the latter type, a film where the interior life of the characters was the driving force of the drama. Horner purposely avoids drawing attention to the music by limiting his palette to the somber sounds of piano, strings, oboes, French horns, low-lying trumpet and occasional ambient sounds. No other percussion—but the piano is always in the spotlight. Harmonic color is important, with relatively little dissonance. As the composer described it, the score undergoes a transformation over the course of the film, having very little forward momentum to "suddenly becoming panic."

Horner, along with recording engineer Simon Rhodes, mixed and assembled a generous 52-minute album at the time of the film's release, though it was never issued in physical form until this premiere Intrada CD. Recorded at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, this album covers almost all the score and features several lengthy tracks comprising multiple cues, as was customary for the composer.

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