James Newton Howard

The Great Debaters [Original Motion Picture Score]

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The Great Debaters pairs composers James Newton Howard and Peter Golub, in effect bringing together mainstream, big-budget Hollywood and its independent, low-budget sibling from the wrong side of the tracks. As one might expect, it's far from a seamless marriage: Howard's sweeping, epic melodies and Golub's homespun, acoustic folksiness make for an awkward fit, and never quite capture the film's period Southern locale. Howard ultimately fares better than Golub, if only because the inspirational, true-life narrative is right in the composer's wheelhouse -- cues like "Letter from Harvard" and "James' Speech" effortlessly achieve the kind of heroic, larger-than-life scale that remain his signature.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Great Debaters, film score
1
feat: Peter Golub
1:00
2
feat: Peter Golub
2:33
3
feat: Peter Golub
3:37
4
feat: Peter Golub
1:06
5
feat: Peter Golub
2:23
6
feat: Peter Golub
1:00
7
feat: Peter Golub
5:41
8
feat: Peter Golub
3:55
9
feat: Peter Golub
2:38
10
feat: Peter Golub
1:18
11
feat: Peter Golub
4:03
12
feat: Peter Golub
1:56
13
feat: Peter Golub
3:09
14
feat: Peter Golub
1:30
15
feat: Peter Golub
1:26
16
feat: Peter Golub
2:19
17
feat: Peter Golub
1:14
18
feat: Peter Golub
2:24
19
feat: Peter Golub
1:09
20
feat: Peter Golub
2:36
21
feat: Peter Golub
2:59
22
feat: Peter Golub
1:14
23
feat: Peter Golub
2:14
24
feat: Peter Golub
3:27
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