Richard Band Troll (Original Score) on 180g LP
With horror/fantasy film music on vinyl finding particular popularity, Intrada gives Richard Band's score for the 1986 Empire Pictures frightfest Troll a spin. Family film makers Charles and Albert Band produce, John Carl Beuchler directs, and numerous familiar faces appear including Michael Moriarty (playing Harry Potter, Sr.), Noah Hathaway (playing Harry Potter, Jr.), June Lockhart, Anne Lockhart, Sonny Bono, Shelley Hack, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Richard Band scores for orchestra, chorus, produces his score not in the norm as a series of short film cues but in then (and still) rare form of an extended five-movement "symphony". Lengthy sequences are cohesive, flavorful, playful, exciting, tuneful, intense...and more! The centerpiece is Band's "Cantos Profanae" which features a solo child's voice, large chorus intoning English, Italian, Latin text plus orchestra, all hurtling forward in lively, rhythmically dynamic fashion.
An interesting composition device: Band creates considerable excitement and intensity not through dissonance but courtesy of an ever-increasing density in his orchestrations and harmonic vernacular which plays almost entirely in minor. 180 gram premium vinyl pressing packaged with deluxe (UV-coated) gatefold jacket. Newly-commissioned artwork plus plethora of color stills inside.