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Score Themes in the 2019 Version

Score Themes in the 2019 Version

Postby jcn2017 » August 22nd, 2019, 2:56 am

Does anyone remember the thread where we discussed the different themes in the score. Here's the link to it below.

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One thing I noticed when it came to the 2019 version is that when it came to some scenes, the scoring theme heard was different compared to the original version. For instance, when Simba returned to Pride Rock and we see how horrible it became under Scar's ruling, we hear the death theme in the original version, but in the 2019 version, we get the sad theme. When it came to the death theme, we hear it one final time in the 2019 version at the very end when the rain puts out the fire following Scar's death. (I wonder if this was to represent Scar's death even though he was the villain.) Also, I believe the chase theme, in the 2019 version, is only heard during the final battle when the hyenas are chasing Zazu. There are several other examples, too. Did anyone else notice the changes in the score themes when it came to some scenes?
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Re: Score Themes in the 2019 Version

Postby DGFone » August 22nd, 2019, 5:54 am

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Re: Score Themes in the 2019 Version

Postby Captain Cupcake » August 22nd, 2019, 8:44 am

There's a fair bit of switching around of some motifs for certain pieces. Zimmer seems to really double down on the Death leitmotif. Apart from the above mention usage, it's also incorporated into "Simba is Alive!" in place of what were originally soft renditions of the Simba, Mufasa and friendship themes. Gotta hammer in that guilt. :P

"Battle for Pride Rock" is the kind of reworking I adore, as it's not necessarily better, but it isn't exactly worse either. It's the right kind of remake, where it's revamped significantly enough that it can stand side-to-side with the original piece. The additional Stampede references for the big revelation, the triumphant arrangement of Simba's theme midway, and that totally unexpected dramatic rendition of the sad theme accompanied by drums makes it a real treat.
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Re: Score Themes in the 2019 Version

Postby jcn2017 » August 23rd, 2019, 3:02 am

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