Composed By – David Bergeaud.
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Franz Waxman's score for Henry Hathaway's costume-adventure yarn Prince Valiant (based on the long-running comic strip) comes to CD nearly 50 years late, but is every bit as enjoyable as it was when the movie was released in 1954. Soundtrack albums of non-musical films were not routine in the early '50s, and Waxman's score, as alluring as it was musically, somehow got passed over. What's more, in contrast to many film scores, Waxman on Prince Valiant tended to write in longer musical passages so that there are very few abbreviated cues. With the exception of one short procession theme (which threatens, in the beginning, to parallel Erich Wolfgang Korngold's "Robin Hood" march but develops very differently), much of the music has a chance for development and elaboration that, at times, parallels aspects of a symphonic work.
Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is an American comic strip created by Hal Foster in 1937. It is an epic adventure that has told a continuous story during its entire history, and the full stretch of that story now totals more than 4000 Sunday strips. Currently, the strip appears weekly in more than 300 American newspapers, according to its distributor, King Features Syndicate.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the movie Prince Valiant composed by Various, David Bergeaud, released by Ark 21 in 1997. Other releases of Prince Valiant (1997): Report a fault or send us additional info!: Log on. Support us! To keep everything up and running, we need support. Every donation helps us. Donate.
It doesn't pack the punch a mammoth orchestra could have delivered but it is the music here which is of essence, not the performance throughout. The music is a typical adventure score, with a heroic main theme and a really really lovely love theme (or romance theme as they describe it in the extensive liner notes). Together Prince Valiant is enjoyable. It has several weaknesses like when the tracks run through each other, you hear a short pause before it moves into the next. Hence you hear when the tracks switch and of course that the budget couldn't make for a more orchestral bigger performance.