JOSEPH – KING OF DREAMS: ORIGINAL SCORE (DANNY PELFRY)

 
 

THE STORY SO FAR:

Joseph: King of Dreams is an adaptation of the Old Testament story of one of Israel’s most important characters: Joseph, one of the thirteen sons of the patriarch, Jacob. As the Prince of Egypt told the story of a man in the who helped to liberate an entire nation, King of Dreams, tells the story of the man who brought the seeds of that very same nation to Egypt, some 400 years earlier.

 

TRACK LIST

 

 

1.God’s Them1:41
2.“Miracle Child”4:24
3.Wolf Dream1:10
4.Home Theme0:52
5.Wolf Chase0:49
6.Was It A Dream?1:24
7.Fractured Home1:05
8.“Bloom”1:58
9.The Scheme0:21
10.The Betrayal1:10
11.In The Pit0:40
12.Slave Traders1:42
13.Desert Crossing2:17
14.“Marketplace”3:02
15.Potiphar and the Cat Chase1:36
16.Asenath0:52
17.Joseph Uncovers Deception1:08
18.“Whatever Road’s At Your Feet”1:19
19.Remembering Home0:35
20.Zuleika’s Seduction0:33
21.Potiphar Imprison’s Joseph0:55
22.Rats0:24
23.The Butler’s Dream0:23
24.The Baker’s Dream0:18
25.Prison Time1:12
26.Lost Hope0:28
27.“Better Than I”3:45
28.Potiphar’s Apology1:19
29.Pharaoh Meets Joseph1:18
30.Pharaoh’s First Dream0:44
31.Pharaoh’s Second Dream0:39
32.Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams0:41
33.Joseph’s Ascension0:42
34.Joseph and Asenath0:26
35.“More Than You Take”3:34
36.Egypt’s Famine0:51
37.Brothers Come To Egypt0:55
38.Revenge / Arrest Them0:50
39.They’re My Brothers0:54
40.“Bloom” (Reprise)1:48
41.Meet Benjamin0:50
42.The Feast0:57
43.Benjamin is Framed1:49
44.Reunion2:49

 

 

 

THE CRITICISM:

 

Pelfrey’s score is highly thematic, and he makes good use of these themes throughout the film. The orchestration of the music is rather similar to Zimmer’s work on the first film, and I think that comes from a subtle use of synthesizers mixed in with the orchestra. While he doesn’t quote any themes directly from The Prince of Egypt, Pelfrey does hint at a few of the styles that were so prominent in that film. The result is a score that is a brother to Zimmer’s score, which is ironic considering the subject matter of this film.

“Market Place” has pace and excitement with male voices and strong motor rhythms; and ethnic instruments lend an authentic North African flavor. “Potiphar imprisons Joseph” was another dramatic yet compassionate cue that impressed me while the next cue “Rats” is enough to send shivers up your spine. Another authentic sounding cue is “Pharaoh meets Joseph” with exotic instruments sounding an auspicious Pharaoh’s court backdrop.

The soundtrack is pretty impressive, but color me surprised about the release date. I didn’t even know that Dreamworks created a sequel to The Prince of Egypt, much less had Pelfry write a score. While the score is adequately impressive, I doubt that most of the readership will get the chance to listen to it. I’d recommend trying to find “Joseph – King of Dreams” at Netflix. Check it out for the score, stay for the movie.

THE BREAKDOWN

Final Score: 86% – B –

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