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The Hours [Music from the Motion Picture] ()


The score for the movie adaptation of Michael Cunningham's The Hours, composed by Philip Glass. The music is somewhat continuous, all built upon the same basic motives. The repetition of a three-note phrase is key to the course of the whole, emerging time and time again as the framework for variations around which the rest of the music is arranged. Beyond the simple three-note bits, repetition in general stands as an important part of the music, with the various works eventually dovetailing together in the same basic framework, bringing a sense of return as they come up. The movie features three separate stories of women, all interlinked in the same Virginia Woolf novel, whose lives share recurring themes with one another's. The music stands here to make an auditory note of the parallels with its repetition. The sounds stay relatively mundane for the majority of the work, mirroring the everyday lives which form the basis of the characters' struggles, but it can also go quite dark for periods, touching on the suicidal tendencies held by the various characters in the story. Standing alone, this album might seem rather lackluster with its general sense of dreariness and the unstopping repetitions, despite the prime performance by the Lyric Quartet. Alongside the movie or the novel, however, the score holds a deeper meaning, fitting in with the moods of the story quite well. ~ Adam Greenberg, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

Philip Glass, the classical one

by TorgilStockholm on Aug 19, 2010

Though a little light because of the short tracks. Glass minimalist style is appearant but not too much.



by bevans605 on Jul 23, 2008

The music from The Hours stands perfectly on its own. Philip Glass' work is meditative, not necessarily calming, but capable of eliciting great emotion. It's easy to let yourself go and be taken over by the sweeping repetitions. I find it difficult to believe that some could find this boring, but listening to the quick soundbytes before buying will tell you whether you will enjoy this CD or not. If you want music that you can listen to while working, The Hours is what you're looking for. I side with reviewers who believe that this music fits the movie superbly, and it will fit in your personal collection just as well.

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