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Field Of Lost Shoes by Frederik Wiedmann (Review)

posted Oct 23, 2014, 9:27 AM by Michael Hollands
 
Over the years, the movie industry has produced multiple films dealing with war. To this day, many great directors have been put in charge of such projects, in order to achieve the best result. Yet, how does one do that and most importantly, how does one handle the emotional side of it? Some of the finest composers this industry has to offer, for instance Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner, have produced stunning results in this very field.

This year, young German composer Frederik Wiedmann took on the project Field Of Lost Shoes, a film about the American Civil War. As a composer you are given a huge chance to underscore the emotional side of the soldiers' journey and this is exactly what Wiedmann did here, focusing on emotion. He played the tragedy, the sadness, the atrocity and the camaraderie.
 
This score really is charged with emotion. The “Main Title” introduces the central theme. Throughout the entire album, we receive different treatments of this beautiful piece. In over 70 minutes of music, divided into 26 tracks, Wiedmann would successfully portrait the human side of those events. By listening to just a few tracks, I instantly felt that the composer took great care in building everything up, so we, as an audience, can participate in the story.
 
All in all, this album contains many great moments and poignant cues. “Thoughts On War” offers some of the most beautiful moments. The last five tracks on the album provide one great moment after another, also presenting terrific action writing, even adding choir. In my opinion, those are the album's finest moments. “Send The Boys In” and “Storming The Hill” are perfect examples. Especially the latter cue is outstanding. After the ride those two cues presented, we slowly but surely head toward the end of this great album. “Aftermath”, “A Soldier's Heart” and “Field Of Lost Shoes” add more quality to this score.
 
This is a great album and a wonderful score with many awesome moments. Some cues are just magnificent. The great Jerry Goldsmith once said that music is not about what's on the screen, but what the audience should be feeling. “Field Of Lost Shoes” is a textbook example of conveying emotion, letting the audience feel that they are a part of something intriguing. We watch a movie to experience something new. Sometimes we feel the desire to just be entertained by a movie and on a different occasion we want to watch something really special that makes us think. The bottom line is, no matter what kind of film we watch, the score that accompanies it, stands as one of the film's most important elements. This album should not be missed.