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Ancient and Modern
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Anne Dudley
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Angel Records
(September 21st, 1999)
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Buy it... if you often find yourself straying closer to the classical crossover genre and recognize that this kind of concert work often has little in common with the typical film score.

Avoid it... if restrained interpretations of traditional English hymns and carols, as well as a diminished ensemble size, cannot compete with the more explosively impressive concert works by other film music composers.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,333
WRITTEN 10/10/99, REVISED 6/13/08
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Ancient and Modern: (Anne Dudley) As part of one of the more eclectic careers in the digital age of film music, Anne Dudley offered her debut solo album of concert compositions and arrangements in 1999, titled "Ancient and Modern." Already popular from her years with the group The Art of Noise, with whom she had experimented with various electronic techniques, Dudley received the Hollywood spotlight in the 1990's with her unique orchestral scores for such films as The Crying Game, American History X, and The Full Monty, the last of which garnering her a controversial (and commonly considered undeserved) Academy Award. Her continuously growing talents with classical and orchestral music, as well as a specific appreciation of the works of J.S. Bach, inspired her to create this interpretive album of orchestral melodies. Her intent was, in her words, to "raid the treasure house" and "display willful eclecticism" with a distinctly modern English tone. As a result, the title of the album is very true to its contents. The music's foundation is built upon the foundation of famous themes of classical and holiday origins, with interpretations of international hymns mixed with a few of her own compositions. Unlike other classically-inclined albums by well known film music composers (and specifically the relevant Zbigniew Preisner "Requiem for my Friend" concert work from earlier in 1999), the ensemble gathered for this recording is not as overwhelming. This shouldn't come as a surprise given that Dudley's film scores have never been known for their sheer volume. A group of 50 players in the orchestra combines with 18 choral members to create a cathedral ambience that is more intimate than most. Many of the themes are those that listeners might recognize if familiar with traditional English hymns and carols; some may recall melodies on Christmas-related compilations they may own.



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Total Time: 60:58
• 1. Canticles of the Sun and Moon (5:41)
• 2. Veni Sancte Spiritus (4:17)
• 3. From Darkness to Light (4:49)
• 4. Veni Emmanuel (5:05)
• 5. Tallis' Canon (7:00)
• 6. The Holly and the Ivy (5:08)
• 7. The Testimony of John (5:09)
• 8. Canzonetta (2:11)
• 9. Coventry Carol (4:40)
• 10. Prelude (2:41)

Three Chorales in Common Time:
• 11. Three Strings (2:54)
• 12. Eight Woodwind (4:15)
• 13. Sixteen Voices (7:04)

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The insert includes lyrics to the vocal performances and a description of Dudley's accomplishments.
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