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Rear Window - Complete Score - Limited Edition - David Shire

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David Shire, who is best known for his work on The Conversation, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 and Return to Oz, had previously worked together with director Jeff Bleckner on television films like A Father for Charlie, Do You Remember Love? and Serving in Silence. For Rear Window, Shire also got the full support of Christopher Reeve who used his star power to help the composer realize his musical vision. Apart from discussing musical ideas and approving various cues, Reeve also managed to get a bigger musical budget for the project which now features 26 live musicians in addition to the brilliant synth percussion and sound design.
ShireÕs music features a number of brilliant themes for the main characters. JasonÕs theme was inspired by Baroque fugues as the counterpoints represent the heroÕs attempt to rebuild his nervous system. The filmÕs main villain is represented by a distant metallic hit, a choice related to the manÕs profession (heÕs a sculptor working with metals). The third key theme for Òthe other womanÓ (a character who replaces the murdered wife) is represented by the EWI, an electric wind instrument featuring a deliberately fake representation of a saxophone.
Track Listing
1 Main Title 4:14
2 Pop-Out! 2:10
3 Windows 98 2:28
4 Windows II 2:21
5 Night Awakening 2:18
6 Windows III 3:35
7 Windows IV 3:56
8 Hot Flashes 2:32
9 The Cop and the Crate 2:33
10 The Other Woman 2:15
11 Claudia Visits Thorpe 4:06
12 Act In 2:50
13 YouÕve Got Mail 3:16
14 Preparation 2:10
15 Agon 2:15
16 A Visit from Thorpe: Part 1 5:05
17 A Visit from Thorpe: Part 2 1:32
18 The Unveiling 2:43
19 Rear Window 1:28