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Q: King Arthur Movie Soundtrack ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: King Arthur Movie Soundtrack
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: quicknshiny-ga
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Posted: 26 Jan 2005 14:01 PST
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Subject: Re: King Arthur Movie Soundtrack
Answered By: markj-ga on 26 Jan 2005 14:14 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
quicknshiny --

Thanks for the opportunity to post my information here as an answer to
your question.  I have just now noticed that you posted a comment on
your original question and asked for one more piece of information.  I
will get that for you and post it as a clarification to this answer.

So that the Google Answers archive is complete, I will first restate
your question here:

"I am looking for score information (time signatures, key signatures,
instrumentation, etc.) from the 2004 movie "King Arthur" soundtrack. I
need this information as the basis for a report on "How a soundtrack
fits with movies."

And here's a restatement of my answer:

I asked my music composition PhD candidate son with perfect pitch to
listen to audio samples of each piece from's listing of the
soundtrack CD and report back on the key signatures and time
signatures of each.  He also added a few comments on the 

While I have total confidence in the accuracy of his ear, you should
keep in mind that time and key signatures and instrumentation can
change in the course of a piece of music, so 30-second clips are not
necessarily an authoritative source for your information.

This is what he had to say:

1 - "Tell Me Now": C Major, 4/4, processed voice with synthesized
choral accompaniment

2 - "Road to Ruin": e minor, 4/4, strings (and male chorus?) with drum

3 - "Do You Think I'm Saxon": d minor, 4/4, brass (and low strings?) and percussion

4 - "Hold the Ice": a minor/d minor, 4/4, voice with high strings

5 - "Another Brick in Hadrian's Wall": d minor, 4/4, orchestra (at
least strings and brass and percussion)

6 - "Budget Meeting": ambiguous tonality leading into c minor, 4/4,
full orchestra & chorus

7 - "All of Them": d minor, 4/4, voice, strings & winds

I am pleased that this information is helpful to you, and, as I said,
I will supplement it very soon with the extra piece of information you
have requested.


Clarification of Answer by markj-ga on 27 Jan 2005 08:26 PST
quicknshiny --

To the extent that the main theme is stated in the brief audio clips
that are available online (and it appears to be at least hinted at in
most of them) it is being stated -- often with martial percussion
backing -- in 4/4 time.

Again, my only caveat is that some of these tracks are quite long,
and, according to some reviews of the soundtrack, evolve into
variations on that pervasive main theme. It is entirely possible that
some of those variations involve  rhythmic as well as melodic shifts
-- which seems to make your task of analyzing the score that much more

If I get any additional input from my son, I will post it here. (I am
also musician, although I lack my son's perfect pitch!)

quicknshiny-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thanks So much for your assistance! this is exactly what i needed

Subject: Re: King Arthur Movie Soundtrack
From: markj-ga on 27 Jan 2005 17:40 PST
quicknshiny --

Thanks much for the kind words, the stars and the nice tip. Good luck
on your project.


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