Searching for Bobby Fischer

Saturday Soundtrack # 9

Searching for Bobby Fischer

music composed and conducted by James Horner, on CD: Big Screen Records (9 24532-2)

This is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the 1993 film starring Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley and Laurence Fishburne.

When it comes to film music, James Horner is a personal favorite, and this is one of just two or three of his soundtracks that top my list of most enjoyable soundtrack listening. It is (“yet again” regular readers of this feature might think) a gentle composition, not boom-boom-bang-thump. If you want to hear Horner doing that, listen to his music for Aliens, or Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Here, in Searching for Bobby Fischer, the theme of the film and the theme for the film are well matched. Horner has captured the reluctance, anticipation, worry and triumph of the film – which I recommend to anyone who has not seen it – with a set of 13 cues including the epilogue/final credits.

It’s uplifting, soothing stuff. The use of woodwinds, violin and piano dominate the scoring, the latter often found tracing the theme or a transitional passage in solo. The use of the flute is particularly effective in communicating the emotions of the film, but you don’t have to have seen this story of a young chess player to feel the emotion, all you have to do is listen.

About Richard Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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3 Responses to Searching for Bobby Fischer

  1. Patti Abbott says:

    I like his music too. Whenever they play Oscar nominees on NPR, I also like his most.

  2. Loved the book, loved the movie, so now I’ll have to spring for the soundtrack. Another great choice, Rick!

  3. Richard says:

    I f I could pick only one film music composer to listen to, it might well be Horner. I’m looking forward to what he does with Avatar.

    Check this article: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6936869.ece

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