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Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

By Patrick Samuel • December 12th, 2010
Static Mass Rating: 5/5
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, SOUNDTRACK SCORE (CD)

Release date: December 6th 2010
Running time: 72:05 minutes

Composer: David Arnold

Exclusive Interview
Cinema Review

The score for Voyage of the Dawn Treader weaves together new pieces with the original themes from Harry Gregson-Williams’ scores from the first two Narnia films Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008) to create a sound which is undeniably Narnia.

In an exclusive interview with us, the Grammy Award winning composer, David Arnold talks about the decision to include Gregson-Williams’ themes into his score:

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

ARNOLD: It would have been churlish or ignorant to abandon those ideas that people had used so well in the first two films to just say we’re not gonna do that, we’re gonna do something completely different. I wanted it to feel like part of a series, rather than just a complete stand-alone story, although the story is completely different to the others.

Recorded with an 87-piece orchestra and a 40-piece choir, the score for Dawn Treader moves effortless from the choral sounds of the Opening Titles and majestic and soaring moments in Reepicheep to more dramatic pieces such as The Green Mist and Dragon Attack heightening tension when needed with orchestral elements reminiscent of Howard Shore’s music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

TRACK LIST:

1. Opening Titles
2. The Painting
3. High King and Queen of Narnia
4. Reepicheep
5. Land Ahoy
6. The Lone Island
7. Lord Bern
8. The Green Mist
9. Market Forces
10. 1st Sword
11. Eustace on Deck
12. Duel
13. The Magician’s Island
14. Lucy and The Invisible Mansion
15. Coriakin and the Map
16. Temptation of Lucy
17. Aslan Appears
18. The Golden Cavern
19. Temptation of Edmund
20. Dragon’s Treasure
21. Dragon Attack
22. Under the Stars
23. Blue Star
24. Aslan’s Table
25. Liliandil and the Dark Island
26. The Calm Before the Storm
27. Into Battle
28. Sweet Water
29. Ship to Shore
30. Time to Go Home

This is the fourth time Arnold has worked with director Michael Apted. Their previous work includes The World Is Not Enough (1999), Enough (2002) and Amazing Grace (2006).

Arnold’s choral arrangements add a lush vibrancy to scenes where we experience the magic of Narnia and its characters, such as when the Blue Star arrives or when we enter the mansion of the wizard Coriakin with Lucy and The Invisible Mansion.

Apart from the previously mentioned titles, the closing track, Time to Go Home, is a bittersweet moment. It contains all of the magic there is to experience in Narnia, but it also comes at a time when goodbyes are near. Anrold, along with the orchestra captures this moment so beautifully that it’s hard not to have a dry eye when recalling the scenes from the movie.

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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