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How to Train Your Dragon (Deluxe Edition) Soundtrack by John Powell from Varese Sarabande

How to Train Your Dragon (Deluxe Edition) Soundtrack by John Powell from Varese Sarabande | Soundtrack | Scoop.it
How to Train Your Dragon (The Deluxe Edition):
 
How to Train Your Dragon was composer John Powell’s first solo score for a DreamWorks animated feature, having co-scored numerous soundtracks, including The Road to El DoradoKung Fu PandaAntzChicken Run and Shrek. Powell made a memorable impression with his How to Train Your Dragon score, which earned him his first Academy Award® nomination. The 2-CD Deluxe Edition includes the score as heard in the film along with alternate versions and demos. Extensive liner notes from film music journalist Tim Greiving are also included.
 
The film rights to Cressida Cowell’s first book How to Train Your Dragon—about a wimpy young Viking named Hiccup, son of the brawny village chief, who captures and trains a dragon he calls Toothless—were purchased by DreamWorks. The studio released the Academy Award®-nominated animated feature from directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders in 2010.
 
Regarding his initial creative approach, Powell took the Viking milieu literally and started researching Scandinavian folk tunes and musical traditions, which he says are “wonderfully cold and warm at the same time.” DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg advised him to “throw some Enya at it” [Enya is a prolific Irish singer, songwriter and record producer].
 
In the film, the adults all speak with a Scottish brogue, whereas the kids have American accents, which Powell saw as a subtle symbol of generational shifts: “So there’s this kind of mismatch of Viking theory going on. But what I got from that comment, about ‘throwing some Enya at it,’ was that Irish, Scottish, and to a certain extent Old English folk songs can have a warmth to them that perhaps I wasn’t utilizing, because I was being a bit too intellectual. I thought, okay, I’m just going to go back to my roots, as it were. And those roots are maybe deeper than I’d realized—and before I knew it, I had bagpipes. Even though I laughed, in my head a lot of doors opened.”
 
Director Dean DeBlois: “Chris [Sanders] and I quickly realized that John has a very strong story sense in his own right. And when it came to filling the movie with tunes and motifs, he was finding his own way through the story that was almost like a harmony to the main themes that we were tackling on the surface with dialogue and visuals. It’s a really unique ability, and something that I’m thankful for. Because the music itself is not just supporting the storytelling—it’s deepening it.”
 
*Limited Collector’s Edition of 3,000 copies
 
TRACK LISTING
 
Disc 1:
  1. This is Berk (Alternate Film Version) [1m2alt] (1:05)
  2. This Is Berk (with Original Opening Version) [1m2] (6:10)
  3. Anybody See That? [1m6] (1:24)
  4. War Room [1m7a] (:44)
  5. Training Out There [1m7b-c] (4:23)
  6. Hiccup Comes Homes [2m8] (:23)
  7. Dragon Training [2m9] (3:09)
  8. Wounded [2m10] (1:27)
9. The Dragon Book [2m11] (2:24)
10. Hiccup Focus [2m12] (2:05)
11. Offering [2m13] (:53)
12. Forbidden Friendship [2m14] (4:13)
13. New Tail [2m15] (2:48)
14. Teamwork [3m16] (:44)
15. Charming The Pziiffelback [3m17] (:28)
16. See You Tomorrow [3m18] (3:53)
17. Test Drive [3m20] (2:35)
18. Not So Fireproof [3m21] (1:13)
19. This Time For Sure [3m22] (:46)
20. Astrid Finds Toothless [3m23] (:39)
21. Astrid Goes For A Spin [3m24] (:47)
22. Romantic Flight [3m25] (1:56)
23. Dragon’s Den [3m26b] (2:31)
24. Let’s Find Dad [3m26c] (1:12)
25. Kill Ring/Stop The Fight [4m27-28] (4:31)
 
Disc 2:
  1. Not A Viking [4m30] (1:34)
2. Ready/Confront [4m31] (5:19)
3. Relax/Stroke/Hell [4m33-34] (2:09)
4. Over/Less Okay [4m35-37] (6:19)
5. Wings [4m38] (1:19)
6. Counter Attack [5m39] (1:52)
7. Where’s Hiccup? [5m40] (2:54)
8. Coming Back Around [5m41] (2:50)
9. Sticks & Stones (Written and Performed by Jónsi) (4:17)
10. The Vikings Have Their Tea [5m50] (2:06)
Bonus Tracks:
11. The Vikings Have Their Tea (Alternate Version) [5m50alt] (2:02)
12. This Is Berk (Demo) [1m2] (6:11)
13. New Tail (Demo) [2m15] (2:54)
14. See You Tomorrow (Demo) [3m18] (3:54)
15. Test Drive (Demo) [3m20] (2:33)
16. Romantic Flight (Demo) [3m25] (1:57)
17. Coming Back Around (Demo) [5m41] (2:53)
 
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The Music of John Powell, Jonsi, Basil Hogios in Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular

The Music of John Powell, Jonsi, Basil Hogios in Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular | Soundtrack | Scoop.it

Basil Hogios, the "Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" music director, recently chimed in during an interview to discuss the artistic undertaking required to produce the stage performance’s masterful musical score. "Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" featuring Hogios' music arrangement, is currently in Washington, D.C. preparing for its July 19-22 Verizon Center grand opening.

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Exclusive Music Clips: 'How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming' Holiday Special

Exclusive Music Clips: 'How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming' Holiday Special | Soundtrack | Scoop.it
An all-new holiday special based on DreamWorks Animation’s hugely popular film trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming will premiere on NBC on December 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.Welcoming back original voice stars Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid), Gerard Butler (Stoick), Craig Ferguson...
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