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CROUCHING DRAGON, HIDDEN DRAGON (Soundtrack)  by Tan Dun

Crouching Composer, Hidden Score
Review by Christopher Coleman

 

CROUCHING DRAGON, HIDDEN DRAGON (Soundtrack)  by Tan Dun

CROUCHING DRAGON, HIDDEN DRAGON (Soundtrack)  by Tan Dun
(promo cover)

Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon
8/10


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Category

Score

Originality 7
Music Selection 8
Composition 8
CD Length 7
Track Order 8
Performance 8
Final Score 8/10

 

 

Composer Tan Dun

Composer Tan Dun

 


Quick Quotes

"...I'm sure CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON will keep you hitting the repeat button on your CD player. A work of true meaning and beauty - which not only works wonders in the film but on disc, Tan Dun's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is one of the year's best film scores for the year's best film." ****.5 

Ryan Keaveney - 
Cinemusic reviews Crouching Tiger, 
Hidden Dragon

 

Awards

 

BAFTA 2000

 

Composed and Co-produced by Tan Dun
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, CoCo Lee
Co-produced by Steven Epstein
Released by Sony Classical, November 2000

A testimony to the power of a filmís context on oneís appreciation of the filmís score, is not better demonstrated than by Ang Leeís surprising hit film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  The soundtrack was available well in advance of the actual film, especially in forgotten markets like Orlando, Florida, which hasnít seen the release of the film until February 2001, and so my opinion of this Tan Dun score was formed long before viewing the film.  On its own, Dunís score may not be as memorable as many other Far East-flavored scores, but in the film echoes the tempo and setting quite well.  My original Quick-Click review rated this score as a 7/10, but after viewing the film, this score takes on much more life as the images and emotions of the film instantly return to ones mind and heart with nearly each note.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon first started making waves back at the Cannes Film Festival of 2000, where it was shown as a non-competing film yet garnered more praise than most any other film shown.  Slowly the film was released throughout the world causing quite a stir as it did.

The film is based on an old five-part book series read  by director Ang Lee years ago.  Lee opted to start with the FOURTH story in the series and has mentioned that a prequel is very likely.  This episode revolves around three (some might say, four) characters, brilliantly cast, and their complex relationships to one another.  The success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon should be no surprise as it harkens back to the most classic themes: good versus evil, the heroes (heroines) journey, love, and revenge.  What is surprising is for the strength of the womenís roles originally coming from such an old story from such a male-dominated time and culture.  With a compelling story, perfect cast, and jaw-dropping settings, the last, most evident ingredient, would be the filmís score and for that award winning composer, Tan Dun was brought on.

Tan Dun is most noted for for his award winning operas and symphonic compositions.  He was selected to compose an international mosaic of music to celebrate and bring in the year 2000: 2000 Today: A World Symphony for the Millennium.  His opera, Marco Polo garnered him the prestigious Grawemeyer award. Tan Dun is also not a complete rookie to the genre of film music having tucked the jazz-flavored score for Fallen into his repetoire already.

The score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon echoes the epic and tragic nature of the film.  With cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma, an underlying sadness flows throughout most of the score.  The main theme is established at the onset of the film and, appropriately, with Sony Classicalís soundtrack as well.  Lead by Ma, this theme is the most memorable portion of the score and is used extensively throughout.  It is also employed in the pop track, A Love Before Time, performed by CoCo Lee (track 14, 15). The album features both English and Mandarin versions of the sole vocal track and they conclude the CD.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, while quite the spectacle, truly draws its strength from the not-so-obvious elements of the film, among them is Tan Dunís score.  While the score may come off as "average" as stand-alone music, one can substantially increase their appreciation of the music by experiencing it with the accompanying images, thoughts, and emotions.  I can nearly guarantee, that one is much more likely to listen to this score repeatedly after having the film at least once or twice.


Track Listing and Ratings

 Track  Title  Time

  Rating

1 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon    ****
2 The Eternal Vow    ****
3 A Wedding Interrupted    ***
4 Night Fright    ***
5 Silk Road    ***
6 To the South    ***
7 Through the Bamboo Forest    ****
8 The Encounter    ***
9 Desert Capriccio    ***
10 In the Old Temple    ****
11 Yearning of the Sword    ****
12 Sorrow    ***
13 Farewell    ****
14 A Love Before Time (English)    ***
15 A Love Before Time (Mandarin)    ***
 

Total Running Time

56:22  

 

 

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