Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9) Edward Elgar Download 'Variations on an Original Theme Opus 36 (9)' on iTunes
22 August 2014, 17:44
It could have ended up being an electronic score if director Michael Mann had his way, but thankfully this glorious soundtrack from Trevor Jones ended up as an orchestral affair.
The film's protagonist Hawkeye - played by Daniel Day-Lewis - had little to say, but the music spoke volumes. Jones's 'Main Theme' to the 1992 film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel does capture some of the Boy's Own spirit of the story of betrayal set against the backdrop of the French and Indian war of the mid-18th century.
The jaunty fiddle of 'The Kiss', used to score a scene of horrific violence in which a character is burned to death and Hawkeye chases and hunts down a band of Indians, is a particular high point. A majestic, thrilling but ultimately simple soundtrack.