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Durango
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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Intrada Records
(March 25th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek the beauty of an Irish-flavored orchestral score outside of the stereotypical norms you hear in mainstream feature films.

Avoid it... if uilleann pipes, pan pipes, and penny whistles, no matter the allure of their thematic environment, make your skin crawl even worse than accordions do.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,189
WRITTEN 5/16/99, REVISED 8/25/07
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Durango: (Mark McKenzie) Between 1997 and 1999, Hallmark Entertainment produced films for which few corners were cut in the musical score budget, and several of the industry's finest from the younger generation of composers took advantage of the opportunities to write and record some of the best music ever to be heard on the small screen. Mark McKenzie, whose career was largely littered with B-rate film scores and a wild variety of orchestration work for major blockbuster scores, entered the list of talented composers contributing to the Hallmark Hall of Fame series with 1999's Durango. A cast with a few familiar faces stars in a story of love and maturation set against 1940's Ireland, with the lush scenery stealing the show with its alluring greens. McKenzie's score responds with an equal tone of beauty, sparing no chance to underscore the landscape with a lyrical melody. Its Irish influences are never in doubt, and that flavor was particularly popular at a time when James Horner was ramming it into every score he possibly could. Even listeners who were worn by the constant Irish sound infused into film scores at the time made comments about McKenzie's knack for maintaining a fresh outlook on that ethnicity. While bodhran drums, uilleann pipes, penny whistles, pan pipes, and recorder are prominently featured in thematic statements and the melodies are rich with progressions familiar to traditional Irish musical verse, McKenzie does not allow them to fall into the predictable ruts that plagued Horner and other composers attempting the same Irish influence in the late 1990's. McKenzie's own personable and accessible style, evident in many of his character-based scores, lends Durango a unique feel that separates it from the pack. Among such McKenzie scores, including many similarly small-budget productions to follow, Durango is among his finest accomplishments.



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Total Time: 43:56
• 1. Durango Suite (6:57)
• 2. Main Titles (4:43)
• 3. Farewell Speech (1:24)
• 4. She's a Beauty (0:54)
• 5. Elope? (1:35)
• 6. The Journey Begins (5:57)
• 7. God Save the Republic! (1:17)
• 8. Making Progress (2:08)
• 9. Haunted Hill (2:01)
• 10. Dog Attack (1:56)
• 11. Mark & Annie's Love Theme (2:07)
• 12. Fight for Privilege (2:59)
• 13. Good Day to You (2:19)
• 14. Mission Accomplished (2:27)
• 15. Fire! (2:33)
• 16. We're Getting Married (1:30)

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The insert includes the following note from McKenzie:

    "Durango is a story about a young Irish man Mark, who learns that love and life are more than warm feelings and provision for one's self. As he courageously drives cattle across the Irish countryside in the early 1940's, he learns that love requires selflessness, responsibility, hard work, passion, and tenderness. He also learns that life requires wisdom, humor, risk taking, generosity, responsibility to others, and courage to stand for what is right in the face of powerful opposition.

    Musically my efforts were to support and where possible enhance the drama and emotions that director/producer Brent Shields so eloquently brought to life. I set out to compose a melodic score filled with tenderness, humor, passion and drama. The combined 70 piece orchestra was a joy to work with, for there is nothing quite like the beauty and power of talented live musicians. At times I enjoyed making use of the traditional Irish instruments such as bodhran drums, uilleann pipes, penny whistle, recorders, and pan pipes.

    Every movie is a wonderful collaboration with a new family. It was rewarding to have composed music for such a beautiful Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, and to have worked closely with the many gifted and generous people listed here."
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