Thor (soundtrack)

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Thor (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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ReleasedMay 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)
Recorded2011
Genre Film score
Length71:53
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Thor (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack to the Marvel Studios film of the same name, based on the character created by Marvel Comics. The music was composed by Patrick Doyle, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Buena Vista Records announced the details for the soundtrack in March 2011. [1] It was released in some European territories at the end of April and was released on May 3 in the United States. [2]

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<i>Thor</i> (film) 2011 superhero film produced by Marvel Studios

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Contents

Track listing

All music composed by Patrick Doyle.

No.TitleLength
1."Chasing the Storm"3:11
2."Prologue"3:09
3."Sons of Odin"1:48
4."A New King"3:00
5."Ride to Observatory"2:10
6."To Jotunheim"2:19
7."Laufey"3:40
8."Frost Giant Battle"4:22
9."Banishment"1:53
10."Crisis In Asgard"2:18
11."Odin Confesses"2:43
12."Hammer Found"1:11
13."Urgent Matter"2:21
14."The Compound"7:40
15."Loki's Lie"1:54
16."My Bastard Son"2:39
17."Science and Magic"2:53
18."The Destroyer"2:57
19."Forgive Me"2:40
20."Thor Kills the Destroyer"1:53
21."Brothers Fight"6:59
22."Letting Go"3:17
23."Can You See Jane?"2:23
24."Earth to Asgard"2:33
Total length:1:11:53

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James Christopher Monger of AllMusic stated that, "Composer Patrick Doyle, who brought a new-found boldness to the Harry Potter franchise in 2005 with his Goblet of Fire score, treats director Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comic's iconic Norse superhero Thor with appropriate gravitas. The longtime Branagh collaborator ( Henry V , Dead Again ) sets the stage with "Chasing the Storm," a tense and surging unveiling of the main theme, which sounds a bit like a cross between the James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer's Batman Begins cue and Zimmer's "CheValiers de Sangreal" theme from The Da Vinci Code , and like Zimmer, Doyle knows how to whip a circular melody into a frenzy. Elsewhere, the lovely and appropriately stoic "Sons of Odin" is awash in traditional fantasy elements, while the epic "Compound" unveils a more modern, sci-fi action approach, resulting in a score that's wistful, heroic, and as grand as the fantastic realm of Asgard itself". [3]

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Kenneth Branagh British actor, screenwriter, film director and producer

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Danny Graydon of Empire stated, "Reuniting with long-time collaborator Kenneth Branagh, Patrick Doyle's score successfully mixes Wagnerian "Sturm und Drang" ("Frost Giant Battle") with cues brimming with nobility ("Chasing The Storm") and dramatic richness ("Odin Confesses" and "Banishment"). He also creates an engaging melodic core via the opposing themes of Thor and Loki and reaps dividends from his concerted distinction of the worlds of Asgard and Earth. It's just a shame that the omnipresence of choirs and percussion in current action scores somewhat dilutes the dynamism of Doyle's climatic cues". [4]

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Richard Wagner German composer

Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionised opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, by which he sought to synthesise the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. He described this vision in a series of essays published between 1849 and 1852. Wagner realised these ideas most fully in the first half of the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Sturm und Drang was a proto-Romantic movement in German literature and music that occurred between the late 1760s and early 1780s. Within the movement, individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion were given free expression in reaction to the perceived constraints of rationalism imposed by the Enlightenment and associated aesthetic movements. The period is named for Friedrich Maximilian Klinger's play of the same name, which was first performed by Abel Seyler's famed theatrical company in 1777.

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