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Sleepy Hollow (soundtrack)

Sleepy Hollow is the official soundtrack album of the 1999 Academy Award-winning film Sleepy Hollow. The original score was written by Danny Elfman.

The score won the Golden Satellite Award. It was also nominated by the Las Vegas Film Critics.


Danny Elfman composed one of his most densely detailed scores for Sleepy Hollow. The music, though essentially mono-thematic, is inventively developed and ornately orchestrated. Different orchestrations and harmonizations of a single, principle theme represents both the dark and light story elements in the film, though each comes with a handful of related secondary material.

However, save for the delicately light flashback scenes featuring Young Ichabod and his mother, the score is almost oppressively dark and heavily reliant on the low end of the orchestra. The score calls for extensive use of low woodwinds (contrabass clarinet, contrabassoon, etc.) and low brass (including Wagner tuba and cimbasso).

Track listing

  1. Introduction
  2. Main Titles
  3. Young Ichabod
  4. The Story...
  5. Masbath's Terrible Death
  6. Sweet Dreams
  7. A Gift
  8. Into The Woods/The Witch
  9. More Dreams
  10. The Tree of Death
  11. Bad Dreams/Tender Moment
  12. Evil Eye
  13. The Church Battle
  14. Love Lost
  15. The Windmill
  16. The Chase
  17. The Final Confrontation
  18. A New Day!
  19. End Credits
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