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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
(2001)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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Intrada Records
(February 6th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release, though difficult to find outside of soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... only if you are an enthusiast of intimate Western scores performed by a handful of the usual instruments for the locale and period.

Avoid it... if you expect anything remotely dynamic about this music, because it's about as mundane as the genre can get.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,219
WRITTEN 4/6/01, REVISED 10/14/08
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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple: (Bruce Broughton) February 2001's most anticipated Sunday night television film on CBS, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple came and went without as much praise and hoopla as most of the network's dramatic Western films of the 1990's. In an era when cable networks like those owned by Ted Turner were taking artistic control of television films of this sort, Jeremy Kagan's The Ballad of Lucy Whipple seemed a bit stale. It was a project produced (after much studio delay) by Glenn Close, who also stars in the film. The plotline of the film is nothing atypical to the genre. It is a story of a widow and her family who move West during the gold rush in order to find a new life, also covering the coming of age of her children (particularly the young title character, who seems frustrated by the lifestyle she discovers in the rough new land). In any case, the film is really no different than the watered down family genre of productions by Hallmark from the same period, and it is no surprise that this formula production faded away without much interest. There can only be a certain number of low budget character dramas set in the Wild West before audiences begin wondering if they recognize the sets and costumes from a previous rehash of the same idea. Also becoming a veteran of the genre of television Westerns, composer Bruce Broughton provided a modest score for The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. The diminished tone and stature of a production like this is a long cry from his days of Silverado, however Broughton did compose an impressive Emmy nominated score for the Western True Women four years prior that remains one of the better television scores in recent times. For this far more intimate setting, Broughton takes the genre back to its bare roots, mostly emphasizing only those instruments that would have been heard in the rough 1850 towns. The live ensemble consists of a fiddle, cello, tin whistle, acoustic guitar, percussion, and baritone horn, all of which performing the composition at the forefront of a close mix.



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Lucy Whipple
michelle - January 12, 2006, at 8:59 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:45
• 1. Meet Lucy Whipple (1:20)
• 2. The Reverend Claymore (1:26)
• 3. In Annie's World (2:04)
• 4. Morning in Lucky Diggins (1:19)
• 5. Teaching Annie to Read (1:43)
• 6. Photo Shoot (1:59)
• 7. Jake's No Buck (5:31)
• 8. The Death of Butte (5:39)
• 9. Lucy's Rescue (2:02)
• 10. Lucy Defends (2:07)
• 11. Diggins on Fire (2:28)
• 12. Poppa? (1:57)
• 13. The Preacher Partners (1:02)
• 14. Follow Your Heart (4:49)
• 15. End Credits (0:52)

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The insert contains information about the production and the following note from Broughton:

    "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple is a story of a recently widowed mother who, with her three children, decided to go to California and stake out a new life for her and her family. It is a Gold Rush story, and for this reason, some music from the time has been incorporated into the score, notably Sweet Betsy From Pike and Seeing the Elephant. The featured instruments in the score are all instruments that could have been found and played in a gold mining camp: fiddle, cello, tin whistle, guitar, percussion and baritone horn.

    There are two main original themes: the theme for Lucy, the teenager who rebels against the idea of living in a town with no social comforts or immediate means of self-improvement, and the theme for her brother Butte, a boy who tried to learn 50 different names for liquor. The score is at times stark, sentimental, thoughtful, light-hearted, tragic, aggressive and simple, reflecting many of the qualities of life among the Forty Niners."
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