Gulliver's Travels
Trevor Jones

  • Original Score Composed by: Trevor Jones
  • Label: BMG Classics
  • Online Ordering Options: Amazon.com (N/A)

Review

Until recently, I had never read Gulliver's Travels. I had, however, seen numerous versions made for television or movies and until the most recent version shown on television here in Australia, I never knew there was more to Gulliver's Travels than the big and little people. I was captivated for three hours (four minus commercials) at seeing the almost entire version. I was extremely please to see that they had gotten Trevor Jones -- the composer of one of my favourite pieces of music -- to do the score.

It took me a while to find out that the score was available, but once I did, I purchased a copy immediately. This soundtrack is just over 75 minutes long (big plus in my book) and contains 37 tracks (something which I was astounded with). This means there are lots of shorter tracks that would make it perfect to adding to dialogue, descriptions and events. My favourite track is the first, which would make an excellent opening sequence.

The music varies in flavour, and there is bound to be something to suit every occasion. The only tracks that annoyed me were the ones containing marching music (though they were suitable in the television mini-series). Most of the tracks have a dark, brooding quality to them that I love.

Overall, it is one of the best soundtracks in my collection, and well worth using to add atmosphere.

Track Listing and Notes

  1. Gulliver Returns Home (5:34) - opening
  2. Finding a Giant (3:25) - discovery ~ marching music
  3. The Gates of Mildendo (0:45) - marching music
  4. An Exploration (0:52) - an uneasy feeling
  5. The Emperor's Palace (3:06) - introduction to the court
  6. Creeping and Leaping (1:02) - court music
  7. A Hero's Welcome (0:53) - marching music
  8. The Flight from Lilliput (3:42) - flight ~ marching music
  9. Journey to Bedlam (1:50) - an uneasy journey
  10. Arrival in Brobdingnag (1:35) - tension
  11. Tom Finds the Bag (1:49) - discovery
  12. The Doll's House (2:08) - pleasant music ~ not a happy house
  13. Gulliver's Big Bang (1:29) - tension
  14. Grildrig's Attack (2:03) - danger
  15. Battle of the Wasps (2:37) - attack
  16. Glumdalclitch Loses Gulliver (3:53) - sad ~ the journey continues
  17. The Flying Island (2:07) - strange discovery
  18. Tom Won't Eat (1:34) - sad
  19. Laputa (1:14) - Indian music
  20. The Empress Munodi (1:04) - Indian music ~ brooding ~ Indian music
  21. Reverse the Lodestone (1:52) - danger
  22. The Professor of Sunlight (2:17) - brooding
  23. The Pit (1:09) - unhappiness
  24. There's Going to be a Storm (1:21) - tension
  25. The Sorceror's Mirror (1:06) - magic
  26. Gulliver Calls Up the Dead (1:21) - more magic
  27. Escape From the Sorceror (1:25) - escape
  28. Mary's Letters (1:33) - deceit
  29. The Immortal Strudbruggs (1:26) - strangeness
  30. It's a Start (2:15) - build up into challenge
  31. Mistress (1:22) - challenge
  32. The Land of the Houyhnhnms (1:36) - discovery
  33. The Yahoos (1:36) - primitives
  34. Never Going Home (2:47) - sadness
  35. The Houyhnhnms Cry Out (2:01) - bitterness
  36. Everything Is True (4:30) - truth
  37. Gulliver's Travels - Closing Theme (3:34) - closing titles

Total Running Time: 75:53


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