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Anonymous
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:
Thomas Wanker
Harald Kloser

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Brett

Co-Orchestrated by:
Marcus Trumpp
Adam Langston
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Madison Gate Records
(October 25th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also availabile through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if the prior film music of Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker has somehow managed to appeal to you in its often respectfully understated forms, because the composers do offer their conservative techniques in a palatable package here.

Avoid it... if you expect the orchestral, choral, and solo cello expressions of this score's several themes to ever congeal into a convincing narrative, the composers' tendency to aimlessly meander once again evident.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,600
WRITTEN 1/9/12
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Anonymous: (Thomas Wanker/Harald Kloser) Few in the mainstream know or care about the long-standing scholarly debate about Shakespearean authorship, one that has for more than a century argued about the possibility that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon never actually wrote any of the famous plays attributed to his name. Among the most popular of these alternatives is the Oxfordian theory, one that postulates that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was actually the true author behind the plays. The vast majority of historians remain loyal to the traditional authorial attribution of these works, all of whom citing overwhelming evidence in favor of Shakespeare's ownership of the plays, but the opposition to that notion has finally built enough momentum for director and producer Roland Emmerich to support its theory in the 2011 film Anonymous. Such a serious topic was a major departure for Emmerich, known primarily for ridiculous endeavors in the disaster genre, though his personal passion about Oxfordian theory kept him in development of Anonymous for most of a decade. His detractors have slammed the film for perpetuating the same kind of nonsensical historical inaccuracies that plagued 10,000 B.C., and those unfriendly to Oxfordian theory have jumped all over the movie's premise and smaller perceived mistakes in execution. From its $30 million budget for the picture, Sony hoped to use strong word of mouth out of the film festival circuit to expand Anonymous to a wider release, but after critics eventually overlooked its qualities due to a dismissal of the overall premise, the movie failed to recoup even half of that budget worldwide. The context of the postulation is one of political intrigue, showing Edward de Vere's interest in the ongoing battle between the Tudors and the Cecils in a unique way. He used his plays (through the name of Shakespeare, an actor) as political tools to sway Elizabethan audiences to favor the line of succession of his choice, with perilous results. Given that Anonymous could easily have resided on stage instead of screen, the role of the soundtrack is somewhat limited. Emmerich turned to his usual collaborator, Harald Kloser, for the score, despite the fact that the composer did not extend his duties on this project to writing and producing (as he had done before). Kloser, in turn, brought on board his writing partner, Thomas Wanker (still going by his more recent screen credit of Thomas Wander, for obvious reasons), who in some cases is shown as receiving primary compositional credit for Anonymous.

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Average: 2.69 Stars
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**** 18 4 Stars
*** 27 3 Stars
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* 23 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:06
• 1. She Had Your Child (2:09)
• 2. The Succession (2:15)
• 3. Edward's Breakdown (1:41)
• 4. Hamlet in the Rain (1:24)
• 5. Soul of the Age (3:10)
• 6. You Stay in England (1:08)
• 7. God Save the Queen (2:59)
• 8. Play After Play (2:35)
• 9. The Voices (1:22)
• 10. Arrest Them (1:54)
• 11. Edward's Theme (1:33)
• 12. Words Will Prevail (1:34)
• 13. Bedding the Queen (1:17)
• 14. Bursting In (1:23)
• 15. William Shake-Speare (2:56)
• 16. It's a Trap (2:37)
• 17. Day of the Play (5:22)
• 18. Will's Triumph (1:29)
• 19. The Other One (1:19)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new. This one is particularly pungent in its tremendously offensive dose of chemical stink.
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