Far and Away
John Williams

Review

When most people think of John Williams, Star Wars and Indiana Jones spring to mind. However, Williams has a much vaster collection of work behind him, from Hook to Jurassic Park.

Far and Away is (please excuse the fun) far from that galaxy, far, far away . . . The music has a strong Irish streak running through it which could making it fit with your adventures difficult. It also runs from romantic to happy which should also be taken into consideration.

On the whole it is a good score which has neither strengths nor weaknesses, which in essence makes it perfect for roleplaying. Very understated, and not quite as great as everyone makes it out to be . . .

Track Listing and Notes

  1. Country Galway, June 1892 (1:59) - primus cantos
  2. The Fighting Donellys * (2:20) - jig
  3. Joe Sr.'s Passing/The Duel Scene (4:44) - loss ~ fight
  4. Leaving Home (1:59) - leave taking
  5. Burning of the Manor House (2:47) - sad ~ danger ~ aftermath
  6. Blowing of Steam (1:34) - incidental
  7. Fighting for Dough * (2:05) - honour
  8. Am I Beautiful? (3:40) - lullaby (sad)
  9. The Big Match (6:00) - important ~ losing the battle
  10. Inside the Mansion (4:27) - mystical
  11. Shannon is Shot (4:09) - sad ~ hope
  12. Joseph's Dream (3:11) - hope
  13. The Reunion (3:54) - happy
  14. Oklahoma Territory (2:14) - new frontier
  15. The Land Race (4:59) - danger ~ race
  16. Settling with Steven/The Race to the River (4:10) - danger
  17. Joseph and Shannon (3:20) - climatic ending
  18. Book of Days ** (2:55) - as you wish
  19. End Credits * (6:38) - endings

* featuring The Chieftains
** composed and performed by Enya

Total Running Time: 67:12


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Far and Away © 1992 Universal City Studios.