The Prince of Egypt was released in 1998 and is an animated film produced by DreamWorks. Like other animated films of its time, the film’s music is quite prominent. Hans Zimmer wrote the score for The Prince of Egypt, and Stephen Schwartz composed songs for the film. In a behind-the-scenes featurette for The Prince of EgyptSchwartz shared that the song “Deliver Us” was “the very first thing” he wrote for The Prince of Egypt.
‘Deliver Us’ was ‘the very first’ song Stephen Schwartz wrote for ‘The Prince of Egypt’
“Deliver Us” is the first scene of The Prince of Egyptand that opens the movie. The Prince of Egypt is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus, and “Deliver Us” sets up the story and sets the tone for the rest of the film.
As the film’s opening scene, “Deliver Us” shows Yocheved (Ofra Haza) setting his son Moses (Val Kilmer) adrift in a basket down the Nile to save him from the genocide of Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart).
In a behind the scenes featurette About the film, Schwartz shared details about the making of “Deliver Us” and the rest of the film’s soundtrack.
“‘Deliver Us’ was the very first thing I wrote for the movie,” Schwartz said. “It was very important to me that as a lyricist, that people engage right away with the sufferings and struggles of the Hebrews.”
He continued, “That they immediately empathize with their plight and connect with the story on a more personal level.”
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‘The Prince of Egypt’ features several songs
As an animated musical, The Prince of Egypt incorporates six songs into its story. In the behind-the-scenes featurette, Schwartz gave fans a glimpse into the birth of the film’s famous soundtrack.
“The song ‘Through Heaven’s Eyes’ was ultimately born out of the idea of how do you measure a man’s worth?” Schwartz shared.
The song “When You Believe” is sung by Michelle Pfeiffer, who voiced Tzipporah, and Sally Dworsky, who provided the voice of Miriam (Sandra Bullock), in the film. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston also recorded a version of the song for the film’s soundtrack.
At the 71st Academy Awards, “When You Believe” won the Oscar for Best Song.
“‘When You Believe’ is the film’s central song,” Schwartz said in the behind-the-scenes featurette.
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Hans Zimmer composed the music for the film
Zimmer is one of the most heralded film composers of all time, and he has received multiple Grammy Awards and Academy Awards. In the behind-the-scenes featurette, Zimmer said he “embraced” working on The Prince of Egypt.
“I immediately took on this incredible challenge, because you’re dealing with such a story. You’re dealing with the emotions and beliefs of so many people and really the cornerstones of who they are,” Zimmer said.
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