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David Arnold – Independence Day

An evening pause: Vienna’s Radio Symphony Orchestra performs an excerpt of David Arnold’s soundtrack to the 1996 film Independence Day during the 2013 Hollywood in Vienna concert.

The film was incredibly silly, but fun nonetheless. The performance here captures some of that silliness, with the lighting and the smoke and the film clips. Also, the score’s use of a drum and flute in a short section near the middle is clearly intended to refer to the American Revolution, since in the movie the human race, led by Americans, conquers the aliens on the 4th of July, Independence Day..

Hat tip Danae.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. [emphasis mine]

A warning, and prediction, for November.