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Comments about the soundtrack for The Mask of Zorro (James Horner)

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Shedding some light on the dance scene
• Posted by: Genevieve   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, January 16, 2004, at 11:41 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Dance Scene (bryan)

This is a copy of a thread I posted on another site:

The music for the dance sequence is not on the soundtrack simply because it wasn't composed by James Horner (as all the other songs were).

I believe the music for that scene was originally based on a famous folk song from the 1800's called "El Sombrero Blanco".

The closest copy I found to it on Kazaa was a rendition by Enrique Rodriguez called "El Sombrero". The beginning sounds very much like the dance sequence, so I'm pretty sure that's it. There's also one by Los Churumbeles De Espaņa, but I think the one by Rodriguez is more similar. Keep in mind that the folk song is more upbeat -- in the movie version, they slowed it down, added more strings, and made it more dramatic.

I agree that it's a beautiful song, especially combined with the sweeping movements of the camera, and, of course, Antonio & Catherine's dancing.

I've also read that "El Sombrero Blanco" was also used in the 1940 film The Mark of Zorro, where Zorro (Tyrone Power) again dances to it to win the heart of a seņorita. But I haven't seen that film, so I couldn't say for sure.

Hope that answers your question.

"a Zorro fan"

> Did you ever get the name and can you tell me? We want to use it in a
> wedding.
Thank you.

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  • Dance Scene  (13712 views)
       Anon. - Monday, September 17, 2001, at 5:35 p.m.
    •    Re: Dance Scene  (11998 views)
         barlow - Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at 8:49 a.m.
    •    Re: Dance Scene  (12761 views)
         Jamesey - Friday, December 28, 2001, at 7:27 a.m.
    •    Just because itīs not by Horner. *NM*  (12255 views)
         Maximus the Spaniard - Sunday, October 28, 2001, at 12:49 a.m.
    •    Re: Dance Scene  (12659 views)
         Dan - Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at 7:12 p.m.
      •    Re: Dance Scene  (12183 views)
           Willeke - Sunday, March 24, 2002, at 10:04 a.m.
        •    Re: Dance Scene  (12186 views)
             Gwyneth - Friday, March 29, 2002, at 8:10 a.m.
          •    Re: Dance Scene  (12139 views)
               Marr - Sunday, March 31, 2002, at 12:00 p.m.
            •    Re: Dance Scene  (11737 views)
                 bryan - Sunday, January 4, 2004, at 1:57 p.m.
              •    Re: Dance Scene  (11703 views)
                   barlow - Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at 10:10 a.m.
              •      Shedding some light on the dance scene  (15600 views)    We're Here
                   Genevieve - Friday, January 16, 2004, at 11:41 p.m.

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