How does the Goldsmith music in the Director's cut compare to what is found on the Jerry Goldsmith LEGEND CD?

The following breakdown of the Jerry Goldsmith music found in the Director's cut of LEGEND was compilled by There are additional comments by Paul MacLean (noted below), author of the liner notes to the Jerry Goldsmith LEGEND CD (Read his liner notes in What are the liner notes found in the Jerry Goldsmith LEGEND CD? and read his article The Music of LEGEND By Paul Andrew MacLean)

LEGEND Director's Cut Score Sheet

One of the most significant elements of "Legend" is Jerry Goldsmith's powerful original score. In its original form, Goldsmith's music fits the story well. The score was recorded in January of 1985 with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at CBS Studios in London.

Goldsmith scored and recorded his music to a much longer version of the film, Ridley Scott's initial rough edit of 140 mintues. When the film was reduced to the UK release running time of 94 minutes, some of Goldsmith's music was altered and changed too. But the 113-minute director's cut restores at least some of the music which Goldsmith originally intended for us to hear.

In any case, all versions of "Legend" (with the exception of the US release scored by Tangerine Dream) include tracked music from Goldsmith's previous score for "Psycho II", and library music by Tim Souster.

The following chart is based solely on the music used in the 113-minute director's cut. We have notated where this music can be found on CD, and wherever possible how it was used (or, in some cases, not used at all).

DVD Time Code | Cue Number and Title | CD Section used

0:22 | (1a) Main Title (Alternate Mix) | Basis: beginning-2:03

The mix presented here is different from what is on the Silva Screen CD. In the case here, the choir voices are more predominant than on the CD, although the CD version would be used later in the film.

5:16 | (2) My True Love's Eyes/The Cottage (Alternate Mix) | Basis: entire track

Another film version mix different from the CD; after the opening humming, the first verse vocal is dialed out but the orchestral back-up can be heard. In the UK version, the first verse vocal can be heard (albeit a different one), but the orchestra does not dial in until the "young as any spring" line, but the latter verse vocal is dialed out.

11:24 | (3) The Unicorns | :07-3:43, 3:44-3:52, 4:09-5:07, 5:28-end (5:07 to 5:28 dialed out)

The passage underscoring Jack's surprise appearance as presented in the film and on the SIlva Screen CD is missing the full string and horn line heard in the original Up-Art/Filmtrax CD release. At 15:03 to 15:16 of the DVD (the 3:43 point of the track), Tim Souster's source music is inserted.

(Paul Andrew MacLean notes : In actuality the music we hear from 15:03 to 15:16 on the DVD was in fact composed by *Jerry Goldsmith* (note that it utilizes the same two-chord motif heard at the end of the film after Lili has awakened; Goldsmith also used this two-chord figure in Alien). I've heard session tapes with alternate cues, and this particular cue was amoung them. What you hear is merely a different version from that heard on the album. It common, even the norm, for composers to re-write portions of their scores, even after recording has begun, if the director wishes it. (For instance, Goldsmith considerably altered his entire main theme for Star Trek: The Motion Picture after much of the score was recorded, due to director Robert Wise's request.). It is also not uncommon for a composer to re-arrange and re-record cues (in whole or in part) specifically for the album.

As for Tim Souster, his music features in only one scene -- the Kitchen Fight (where it sticks-out like a sore thumb, as it is stylistically incongruous to Goldsmith's score). The music in the kitchen scene is as follows: a suspense cue from Goldsmith's score for Psycho II is heard in the beginning of the kitchen scene (as they are hoarding the giant plates). As the chefs awaken and the fight ensues, the frenetic action music we hear is library music by Tim Souster. (This same library cue was used as the main title for the film Amazon Women on the Moon.) After the fight has ended and the fairles chant "Three cheers for our champion!", Goldsmith's main title from Psycho II is used. ALL other music in Legend is original music composed specifically for the film by Jerry Goldsmith.

Incidentally, the definition of "source music", is non-dramatic music, or music which is part of a scene which the characters onscreen would be able to hear (i.e. a marching band in a parade scene, a jazz trio in a nightclub scene, etc.). Tim Souster's music is "library" music -- music not written for a specific film, but commissioned and owned by music libraries, who license it to productions who cannot afford to hire a composer to write original music. The Souster tracks were most likely originally intended to be used only as temp music (which is often cut-into a film before the final score is written -- Terry Rawlings likes to edit to the rhythms provided by music).

19:31 | (4c) The Freeze (with extended intro) | 3:49-4:23 (after :18 extended intro)

This is the first of the tracked music utilized in the director's cut, here used when one of the unicorns runs around Lily in circles.

20:30 | (4a & b) Living River/Bumps And Hollows (with extended intro) | beginning to 3:47 (after :11 extended intro)

The introduction here has been extended by eleven seconds, and the vocal here is markedly different. That is actually Mia Sara singing in the film, but on the CD release a session singer was used.

24:29 | (4c) The Freeze (extended intro) | shortened on CD

The introduction presented here when Jack jumps into the lake is 35 seconds long. The Up-Art/Filmtrax version runs 8 bars, the Silva Screen version only 6.

25:10 | (12b) Darkness Fails | 5:04 to 5:16

Tracked cue.

25:22 | (4c) The Freeze | 4:24-4:30

25:26 | (12b) Darkness Fails | 5:05-5:16, 5:35-5:58

Tracked cue.

26:05 | (4c) The Freeze | 5:11 to 5:47

26:45 | (12b) Darkness Fails | 6:39-end

Tracked cue.

27:33 | (4c) The Freeze | 6:35-end

30:26 | (5a) The Fairies | beginning- :32, :53-1:15 ( :32 to :53 dialed out)

31:40 | Is Life A Dream? (unreleased)

Running time-- :20

32:00 | (10d) The Jewels | 5:06 to 6:34

Tracked cue.

33:30 | Silence! (unreleased)

Running time- :04. This may be part of an unreleased and unused cue.

33:31 | (10d) The Jewels | 4:51-5:29

At this point in the story, (8) Fairie Dance would have been inserted as Gump commands Jack to "dance to his death". The actual footage of this scene has been destroyed, so it is therefore presented on Disc Two of the "Legend" DVD as a "lost scene", shown through recreated storyboards, photos, and the original audio. The mix in this instance is different than in the Silva Screen CD, for it lacks total orchestration.

(Paul Andrew MacLean notes : Here's a bit of trivia -- there are actually *four* versions of this theme which I have heard. One is the CD version. Another is the same version with a solo fiddle added which appears from 1:00 to 1:08.

The other two versions are the same length as the CD version, but they had more synthesizer / percussion-intensive openings which dispensed with the opening solo fiddle. One version contained a wild solo fiddle (obviously supposed to be that which Gump plays on screen) which comes-in at 0:23 and continues to the end of the cue and has a furious climax. The other version is the same except it does not have the fiddle solo.)

34:35 | (5b) The Riddle | 1:21-4:05, 4:33-end (after :09 extended intro)

A shortened version of the intro can be found on the Up-Art/Filmtrax CD.

37:46 | (1a) Main Title | :14-2:03

This tracked cue is the album version of the main title music. At this point in the story, (6) Sing The Wee would have been inserted--this was music for a more likely edited scene where the fairies get the urge to sing.

39:21 | (7) Forgive Me | :21-3:54, 4:20-end

Edited for the film.

44:23 | (9) The Armour | :10-end

Opening ten seconds dialed out.

49:59 | (12b) Darkness Fails | 1:25-1:30, 4:35-5:19

Tracked cue. The first 55 seconds of (10a) Oona would have been used at this point in the film as Lily is kidnapped and Brown Tom's hat is shot by the goblins.

(Paul Andrew MacLean notes : Actually this is incorrect. The cue Goldsmith wrote for this scene is not on the CD or anyplace in the film. I have heard it however (and ran it against the film so I know it was written for this scene). It is a furious, stacato cue in which the goblin and faerie motifs essentially battle against each other. It climaxes with a quote from solo fiddle as Brown Tom is shot through the head, and concludes with a brooding tone and that low "chiming" syntheizer (used to evoke the Dark Lord).

As for the opening bars of "Oona", I am at a loss. I'm not sure where in the film that cue is supposed to go.)

52:00 | The Great Tree (unreleased) | Running time-- :27.

53:08 | (4c) The Freeze | Basis: 4:25-5:26

Alternate choral mix, probably ill-placed here in the film.

56:25 | (12a) Darkness Fails | :32-1:25

Tracked cue.

At the 58:13 mark of the DVD, the (10b) section of Oona ( :55-1:52) would have been inserted where Jack and the fairies end up in a prison cell in the tree of Darkness, but was dialed out in the film.

1:02:23 | (10c) Oona | 1:52-4:50

1:09:30 | (1a) Main Title | beginning-1:33

Tracked cue.

1:11:21 | (10d) The Jewels | 4:50-5:57

Inserted here in its proper place in the film, but from the 5:57 point of the Silva Screen CD, the remainder of the track is dialed out.

1:13:15 | (11) The Dress Waltz | entire track

1:16:38 | (12a) Darkness Fails | Basis: beginning- :35

This is clearly an alternate version of the first 35 seconds of this tracked cue.

1:12:38 | Tracked music from "Psycho II"

ends at 1:25:23 of the DVD.

1:26:12 | Tracked music from "Psycho II" | ends at 1:27:03 of the DVD.

It is not known whether Goldsmith scored and recorded any original music for the latter two kitchen scenes.

(Paul Andrew MacLean notes : As for the "Kitchen Scene", the opening suspenseful music is from Psycho II. However the frenetic action music used during the fight is library music by British composer Tim Souster. The gentle music heard after the fight is the main title from Psycho II.

I don't believe Goldsmith wrote any music for this scene. The fight does not really even need music. I also asked Goldsmith once about Legend, and he said that he actually was not able complete the whole score, apparently because the schedule ran-over, and he had a commitment to another score. This may explain why the kitchen scene has no original music.)

1:28:38 | (12a) Darkness Fails | beginning-1:06, beginning- :23

Partially tracked cue, but otherwise presented in its proper place in the film.

1:32:52 | (12b) Darkness Fails | 1:25-2:48

Pre-tracked cue.

1:35:27 | (12b) Darkness Fails | 1:25-end

Presented here in its proper place in the film. Much of the climax of this cue was dialed out in the UK version.

(Paul Andrew MacLean notes : Notice however the "sweetener track" (as Goldsmith likes to call them -- additional instrumental lines recorded on separate tracks after the main session which a director may use at his discretion in the final mix). In this case both the Euro and Director's cuts have a solo synthesizer (the "whistle" sound which has featured in a number of Goldsmith scores) which rises and falls in an arc-like glissando. In the DC it is heard as Darkness makes his final monolog before Jack strikes him down. In the Euro version it is heard *after* Darkness has been swept into the abyss. It is not present on the CD however.

There may have been some additional music Goldsmith scored that we haven't heard, but if it exists at all, even we wouldn't speculate where they might have been used in the film. But clearly the director's cut restores much of the heart and soul of a film that Ridley Scott intended the world to see, but didn't...until now.

Goldsmith also wrote an fabulous cue for the scene where Oona follows Lili through the hall of columns. Its a variation and expansion of the phrase heard in "The Dress Waltz" from 0:40 -- 0:54. *Perfect* for the scene too! I din't know why Scott (or, I suspect, Rawlings) decided to change it.

There also a few others I have heard, but I have not been able to ascertain where they belong!)

1:41:40 | (13a) The Ring | beginning-2:33

Shortened considerably in the UK version.

At this point in the director's cut, 2:33-3:37 from the Silva Screen CD is dialed out in the film, but this missing music clearly was to have underscored Gump's reattachment of the alicorn to the frozen unicorn's head, the subsequent unicorn's awakening, and the rising of the sun. Though these short sequences were not included in the director's cut or the UK release, they were seen in the US release (underscored with Jon Anderson and Tangerine Dream's "Loved By The Sun").

1:44:23 | (13b) The Ring (Alternate) | (unreleased)

This director's cut version starts out pretty much like the Sliva Screen CD counterpart, but the music becomes different when Lily awakens, and we hear an instrumental reprise of the film's theme music (whereas on the CD we get an arrangement of "Bumps And Hollows").

1:47:54 | (14) Re-United (Alternate Mix) | Basis: entire track

In the director's cut, we hear Mia Sara's actual singing voice, but the orchestral backing doesn't start until her line "rise up sun", and the final part of the verse vocal is dialed out (but we can hear the orchestral backing). On the CD, it is clear that a session voice is carrying the higher octave on the final part of the verse. The main theme that follows this verse was extended in the UK version, but the CD and director's cut versions stays faithful to Goldsmith's intended edits.

There may have been some additional music Goldsmith scored that we haven't heard, but if it exists at all, even we wouldn't speculate where they might have been used in the film. But clearly the director's cut restores much of the heart and soul of a film that Ridley Scott intended the world to see, but didn't...until now.

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