Column: Slicing Score: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Slicing Score: 2013

By Maria Mitchell

Sleepy Hollow (1999). Composer: Danny Elfman.

This film’s beautiful cinematography keeps vivid color to an effective minimum and relies on dreary, overcast, gray atmosphere to create dread. The score employs a similar concept by relying heavily on low-end orchestral instruments like contrabass, bassoons and tubas, and cuing gentler instruments like harps and solo violins sparsely.

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Maria MitchellColumn: Slicing Score: Sleepy Hollow (1999)