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SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

(1998)


Dreamworks Records - DRMD 50046 Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Format: CD Produced by John Williams
Total Playing Time: 64:12 The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Date of Purchase: Sep 19, 1998 Director: Steven Spielberg
Cat. No. SC52 Academy Award Nomination

German Title: Der Soldat James Ryan


Track Listing

1. Hymn to the Fallen (6:10)
2. Revisiting Normandy (4:06)
3. Omaha Beach (9:15)
4. Finding Private Ryan (4:37)
5. Approaching The Enemy (4:31)
6. Defense Preparations (5:54)
7. Wade’s Death (4:30)
8. High School Teacher (11:03)
9. The Last Battle (7:57)
10. Hymn to the Fallen (Reprise) (6:10)

 


Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, John Williams

 

Liner Notes

With Saving Private Ryan, John Williams has written a memorial for all the soldiers who sacrificed themselves on the altar of freedom in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. Pay particular attention to the cue entitled 'Hymn to the Fallen,' which never appears in the main text of the film, only at the end credit roll. It's a piece of music and a testament to John Williams' sensitivity and brilliance that, in my opinion, will stand the test of time and honor forever the fallen of this war and possibly all wars.

In all of our 16 collaborations, Saving Private Ryan possibly contains the least amount of score. Restraint was John Williams' primary objective. He did not want to sentimentalize or create emotion from what already existed in raw form. Saving Private Ryan is furious and relentless, as are all wars, but where there is music, it is exactly where John Williams intends for us the chance to breathe and remember.

As with Schindler's List, John Williams chose the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the deeply resonant qualities of Symphony Hall to record the score for Saving Private Ryan. I would like to give special mention to Tim Morrison, Thomas Rolfs (trumpets) and Gus Sebring (French horn) for their heartfelt solos, and to Kenny Wannberg, who has been a close collaborator of John Williams and mine from almost the very beginning of my career.


Steven Spielberg, Director


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