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Memoirs of a Geisha

2 Ratings: 4.0
An album by John Williams

Director Rob Marshall hired three of Asia's most fabulous stars (Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, and Gong Li) for this Japan-set movie, so one wonders why he didn't put in a call to a local composer as well. Was Tan Dun's line busy? Was Joe Hisaishi otherwise … see full wiki

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2 reviews about Memoirs of a Geisha
review by . November 26, 2006
posted in Music Matters
Perhaps the most telling thing that could be said about John Williams' score for "Memoirs of a Geisha" is that it doesn't really sound like a John Williams score. For the most part, with a few notable exceptions, I have generally found John Williams' over-reliance on catchy themes and trite progressions to be very rarely to my personal taste. Fortunately (both for the film and for those of us listening to the score), the music for "Memoirs of a Geisha" has none of those usual markers. In fact, this …
review by . February 23, 2006
posted in Music Matters
The approach composer John Williams used in writing the score for the visually arresting MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA is for this listener the most sensitive he has ever demonstrated in a long line of successful movie scores. Much of this is due to his incorporating the Japanese ancient instruments into the overall compositional elements. He collaborated with and utilized the talents of Masayo Ishigure, Hiromi Hashibe, Masae Yoshizawa and the Pro Musica Nipponia Ensemble to add the needed depth to the atmospheric …
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Memoirs of a Geisha
Label: Sony
Artist: John Williams
Release Date: November 22, 2005

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