Jurassic Park (film score)

Jurassic Park (Film Score)

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Jurassic Park (film score)

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Jurassic Park is the twelfth project on which renowned composer John Williams worked with Steven Spielberg. He composed, conducted and produced the score for the film. Most of the cues were orchestrated by John Neufeld, with two of those being partially orchestrated by Conrad Pope and with three others entirely orchestrated by Alexander Courage.

MCA Records released a soundtrack album for the film on May 25, 1993. Also produced by Williams, this album includes most of the film's major cues, sometimes edited together into longer tracks and often containing material that was not used in the film. Several passages are also repeated in different tracks.


Three major melodic ideas can be heard in this score. The first, known simply as "Theme from Jurassic Park", conveys the elegance and beauty of the dinosaurs and is introduced when the visitors first see the Brachiosaurus. Another theme takes the form of a noble fanfare first heard as the helicopter approaches Isla Nublar; this one, too, seems to represent the dinosaurs and the park they inhabit. Both of these themes are also used for quieter, more tender moments in the score, typically with woodwinds, horns, or keyboards.

The third major theme is very different from the first two. Comprising four menacing notes, it is heard frequently in scenes involving the threat of the carnivorous dinosaurs - the raptors in particular. The cue "Into the Kitchen" (entitled "The Raptor Attack" on the...
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