The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [Music from the Motion Picture]

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [Music from the Motion Picture]

by John Williams [composer]


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In "Captain Haddock Takes the Oars," a cue from composer John Williams' score for director Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, a low horn plays a light mystery theme reminiscent of the music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The TV music was based on Charles Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," and Gounod gets an acknowledged credit later in Williams' score when "Presenting Bianca Castafiore" finds opera singer Renée Fleming performing excerpts from his "Je Veux Vivre" from Roméo et Juliette as well as some of "Rosina's Cavatina" from The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini. Such classical touchstones offer suggestions of Williams' influences in background music that places strong emphasis on the word "adventures" in the title. Occasionally, as in "Introducing the Thompsons and Snowy's Chase" and "The Milanese Nightingale," Williams brings in an accordion for a French style that recalls his contemporary Michel Legrand. "The Adventures of Tintin" itself has a jazzy feel, almost bebop in nature. But much of the score consists of program music intended to underlie action and suspense while simultaneously reassuring the listener/viewer that all will be well in the end. Williams does not exaggerate the effects for comic purposes as he does, for example, in his Indiana Jones scores. Rather, this is ear candy for a movie that is equally sweet.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2011
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886979758827
catalogNumber: 797588

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Peter Erskine   Percussion
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Guy Klucevsek   Accordion
Richard Altenbach   Violin
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Gloria Cheng   Keyboards
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
George Doering   Guitar
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Renée Fleming   Soprano (Vocal)
Julie Gigante   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Barbara Northcutt   Oboe
Katia Popov   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Kim Scholes   Cello
Jim Self   Tuba
Alan Steinberger   Keyboards
George Thatcher   Trombone
James Walker   Flute
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin
John Yoakum   Saxophone
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Christina Soule   Cello
John Walz   Cello
Donald Williams   Percussion
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Lisa Sutton   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Mark Watters   Clarinet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
Robert Sanders   Trombone
Armen Anassian   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
David Washburn   Trumpet
David Parmeter   Bass
Keith Greene   Viola
Steven Gordon   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Andrew Schulman   Cello
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Allen Savedoff   Bassoon
James Mason   Saxophone
Aimee Kreston   Violin
Gregory Goodall   Percussion
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Malloy   Trombone
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Donald Foster   Clarinet
Judith Farmer   Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
Serena McKinney   Violin
Maya Magub   Violin
Mark Adams   Horn
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Steven Schaeffer   Percussion
Alex Iles   Trombone
Kenneth Yerke   Violin
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
David Duke   Horn
James Thatcher   Horn
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Matthew Funes   Viola
David H. Speltz   Cello
Timothy Morrison   Trumpet
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Jeanne Skrocki   Violin
David Weiss   Oboe
Eric Hosler   Violin
Cecelia Tsan   Cello
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Brian O'Connor   Horn

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Original Material
John Williams [composer]   Composer,Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineering
Gioachino Rossini   Original Material
Steven Spielberg   Liner Notes

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