June 27, 2019
Silva Screen Presents Music from the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Trilogy – London Music Works Performs John Powell Scores
In the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series of animated fantasy films, Oscar-nominated, IFMCA award-winning composer John Powell (SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA) relies on the tradition of Wagnerian leitmotifs. The themes, representing different characters, concepts and locations are spread across the trilogy, are varied and developed, orchestrated in different ways. Often, the tempos and moods change and the themes play in counterpoint to one another.
On July 19th, Silva Screen Records will digitally release Music from the How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy, 14 exhilarating themes from John Powell’s award winning scores, performed by London Music Works, which skillfully brings together a selection of the very best themes from Powell’s consummate and game-changing animation score.
London Music Works is a group of London’s finest musicians who specialize in performing film music. They have garnered a huge fan-base over the years performing music by Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri and many more. The production is lead by Silva Screen Records music producer Rick Clark, who works with long-term collaborators Evan Jolly, Steve Mazzaro, Scott Buckley, Alex Temple and others.
Based on Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book, set in a mystical Viking world, the animated trilogy follows the story of teenager Hiccup, and dragon Toothless. Aspiring to be a dragon slayer, Hiccup captures his first dragon, but instead of killing Toothless, he befriends him. This rousing epic mixes comedy, touching moments and action sequences and John Powell’s masterful score perfectly complements it. The trilogy proved to be both a critical and commercial success, grossing $1.6 billion worldwide.
With the first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film in 2010, Powell earned his first Academy Award nomination and his third BAFTA nomination. The score for that film also won the IFMCA 2011 Awards for Best Original Score for an Animated Feature, and garnered a nomination for Film Score of the Year.