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Title:
Gosford Park original motion picture soundtrack
Author:
Doyle, Patrick, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Decca, [2001]

℗2001
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (51 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
Waltz of my heart -- Mr. Parks -- Gosford Park -- Bored to sobs -- The shirt -- And her mother came too -- Walking to shoot -- No smoke without fire -- Scherzo in G -- I can give you the starlight -- What a duke should be -- Inspector Thompson -- Pull yourself together -- Life goes on -- Secrets to hide -- Only for a while -- Rather a pasting -- Love jam -- Why isn't it you? -- The way it's meant to be -- Carpe diem -- Good luck -- Your boy's alive -- The land of might-have-been.
UPC:
028947038726
Format :
Music CD

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Screen composer Patrick Doyle has a resumé full of adaptations of classic British literature (Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, Great Expectations), which made him a good choice for Gosford Park, director Robert Altman's murder mystery set at an English estate in 1932. Typical for Altman, who has used music, especially songs, prominently in many of his films (think of M.A.S.H.'s "Suicide Is Painless" and the song score to Nashville), Gosford Park already has a built-in musical element: One of the characters is the real historical figure Ivor Novello (1893-1951; played and sung by Jeremy Northam), a songwriter second only to Noël Coward among the major British theater composers of the first half of the 20th century (though much less well-known in the U.S.). Six of Novello's sophisticated, witty songs form the core of the film's music, and Doyle has constructed a score to complement them and, of course, to suit the ins and outs of the Upstairs/Downstairs crossed with Agatha Christie plot. The soundtrack album contains 16 of his cues, most of them short pieces that state a mood using only a piano or a few pieces and then end without developing further. They are in a variety of styles, from jazz to classical, but maintain a discreet background tone. There are also a couple more songs in the Novello style co-written by Altman and sung by Abigail Doyle. It makes for a pleasant listen in which the Novello songs, particularly the comic "And Her Mother Came Too" (a favorite of cabaret singer Bobby Short), stand out. ~ William Ruhlmann