The BFG [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The BFG [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by John Williams [composer]


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John Williams' first score to appear after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The BFG marks the iconic film composer's 28th feature collaboration with director Steven Spielberg. An acronym for the Big Friendly Giant, the family film concerns a giant who, at odds with his society, refuses to eat children. It's based on the book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda). With leaping phrases and a whimsical character, both reminiscent of the effervescence of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Williams sets the tone for fantasy in the "Overture." Harp and woodwinds play a large part in the opening, in addition to strings. Piano takes some of the spotlight on the more menacing "The Witching Hour" that follows, and brass intervenes in "To Giant Country." Later, low strings and horns, a single-note melody on piano, and tremolos distinguish the tenser "There Was a Boy." Sometimes reflective but almost always percolating, the score delivers more than mere background music. After 60 years in the business, Williams' work still sounds inspired, and that's saying something in an industry that, frankly, requires a lot of fast work with often homogeneous results. Here, a track like "Dream Country" unfolds like a self-contained, 20th century symphonic fantasia, and not at all like the work of an overtired programmer. Offering over an hour of original music, The BFG is a pleasure that, like many of Williams' scores, plays very well separate from the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2016
Label: Walt Disney Records
UPC: 0050087329181
catalogNumber: 002236202
Rank: 82507

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Gloria Cheng   Keyboards
Judy Chilnick   Percussion
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Samantha Duckworth   Bassoon
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Julie Gigante   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Michael Lang   Keyboards
Dane Little   Cello
Edward Meares   Bass
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Barry Perkins   Trumpet
Katia Popov   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Kim Scholes   Cello
Jim Self   Tuba
Alan Steinberger   Keyboards
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Daniel Kelley   Horn
Peter Limonick   Percussion
John Walz   Cello
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Lelie Ann Resnick   Oboe
Lisa Sutton   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Shawn Mann   Viola
Darrin McCann   Viola
David Washburn   Trumpet
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Michael Valerio   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Carolyn Riley   Viola
Jerry Williams   Percussion
Edward J. Atkatz   Percussion
Gregory Goodall   Percussion
Dave Walther   Viola
Ana Landauer   Violin
Shalini Vijayan   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Lorenz Gamma   Violin
Elizabeth Hedman   Violin
Jenny Kim   Horn
Lisa Liu   Violin
Allison Allport   Harp
Donald Foster   Clarinet
Judith Farmer   Bassoon
Lorand Lokuszta   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Joel Pargman   Violin
Teag Reaves   Horn
Daniel Rosenboom   Trumpet
Serena McKinney   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Kevin Connelly   Violin
Mark Adams   Horn
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Robert Brophy   Viola
Erik Arvinder   Violin
Damian Montano   Bassoon
Stephen Dress   Bass
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Stuart Clark   Clarinet
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Maia Jasper   Violin
Kevin Kumar   Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Steven Schaeffer   Percussion
Alex Iles   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Amy Hershberger   Violin
Laszlo Mezo   Cello
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   Horn
Luke Maurer   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Dave Everson   Horn
Matthew Funes   Viola
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Heather Clark   Flute
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Lara Wickes   Oboe
Grace E. Oh   Violin
Meredith Crawford   Viola
Stan Sharp   Cello
Jennifer Olson   Flute
Cecelia Tsan   Cello
Juan Gallegos   Clarinet
Eric Rynearson   Viola
Jessica E. Guideri   Violin
Phillip Keen   Trombone
Dylan Hart   Horn
Jessica Pearlman   Oboe
Oscar Hildago   Bass
Andrew Bain   Horn
Benjamin Smolen   Flute
Jacob Braun   Cello
Michael Novak   Viola
Don Williams   Tuba

Technical Credits

John Williams [composer]   Composer,Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineer
Steven Spielberg   Liner Notes
Mark Graham   Music Librarian

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