The Name of the Rose | James Horner
Oscar-winners Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham star in director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 1986 adaptation of novelist Umberto Eco’s acclaimed debut novel, a labyrinthine 14th century murder mystery in which a Franciscan monk (Connery) must become a sleuth to solve a series of murders within the walls of a Benedictine abbey.
Unapologetically aiming straight at the film’s genre pedigree, Oscar-winning composer James Horner (Titanic) plays up the film’s suspense and mystery credentials with effusive orchestral cues appropriately accented with medieval instrumentation and, in three noteworthy instances (“Beata Viscera,” “Kyrie,” “Veni Sancte Spiritus”) straight-up Gregorian Chant. High straining strings search for answers while low droning horns respond, warning of dangers ahead, ever alert to the calculating presence of evil in the world… even in a Benedictine abbey.
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