Angelo Badalamenti A Very Long Engagement [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
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- Released: December 7, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Nonesuch
Uncut - p.844 stars out of 5 - "Badalamenti's work is subtle and beautiful throughout."
- 1.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Main Title / The Trenches: Main Title / The Trenches
- 2.A Very Long Engagement, film score: First Love Touch
- 3.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Heartbeat to a Gunshot
- 4.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Mathilde's Theme
- 5.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Secret Code
- 6.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Elodie's Theme
- 7.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Kissing Through Glass
- 8.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Massage Fantasy
- 9.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Never Had the Child
- 10.A Very Long Engagement, film score: The Man From Corsica
- 11.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Our Soldiers' Letters
- 12.A Very Long Engagement, film score: Why Do You Cry?
- 13.A Very Long Engagement, film score: End Titles
Composer: Angelo Badalamenti.
Audio Mixer: Dennis Sands.
Recording information: Sony Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/29/2004/06/30/2004).
Photographers: Gilles Berquet; Bruno Calvo.
Angelo Badalamenti's score for A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT expertly reflects the theme of the movie, which centers on anxiety, grief, and, conversely, unflagging hope. Evoking the story of a young woman who searches for her missing fiance during WWI, Badalamenti's score is dense, contemplative, and most of all, foreboding.
Badalamenti and co-orchestrator/conductor Phil Marshall favor the lower brass and the lower-pitched strings (cello and bass) throughout. This is slow, plaintive music scored mostly in a minor key. The orchestrations wash over the listener, leaving behind an indefinable sadness that mirrors the gloom of the movie's heroine, Mathilde (Audrey Tautou). On "Mathilde's Theme," the soaring, ever-reaching strings combine with the rumble of percussion and the harmonic dissonance of the brass. This emulates the horror-stricken, yet resilient, world of Mathilde. "Why Do You Cry?" is another intense work that focuses on a languid French horn melody and dark, penetrating strings. This soundtrack, much like the film itself, pulls on the heartstrings, perfectly capturing the overall melancholy mood.
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