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The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca
(1997)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Dick Bernstein

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(November 18th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but long out of print.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the melodramatic thematic sensibilities of Mark McKenzie's works, even if they tend to become redundant after twenty minutes.

Avoid it... if you expect the flamenco elements, or any other part of this score, to truly take any chances.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,049
WRITTEN 1/27/00, REVISED 9/23/08
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The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca: (Mark McKenzie) It was with great passion that director Marcos Zurinaga examined the circumstances of the death of revered poet Garcia Lorca during the Spanish Civil War. Based on two books by Ian Gibson, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca makes its anti-Franco statement while also treating the subject of differing levels of respect for living and dead artists. The topic of the apparent assassination is explored against the backdrop of a narrative that involves a 14-year-old boy who meets Lorca shortly before he disappears. Many years later, after his family has moved to Puerto Rico, the grown boy returns to Franco's Spain to search for the truth about what happened to Lorca. Despite some moderate star power and a decent critical response, The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca failed to gain traction in theatres and has since disappeared itself. The project was one of many obscure entries for orchestrator Mark McKenzie, whose transition to the role of composer often produced enjoyable results even if the industry hadn't taken much notice. Working once again under strict time limitations, McKenzie had only a matter of a few weeks to integrate this highly passionate and ethnically tilted score into the film while battling challenging shifts in ensemble. The film required an extra level of emotion compared to many of the composer's other projects, as well as a specific ethnic identifier. McKenzie succeeds in the task, composing a deep and moving symphonic piece with flamenco influences that differ from anything else he had written in the 1990's. The resulting score is not only effectively melodramatic in the film, but also makes for an enjoyable album. As with his other scores, McKenzie's music for The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca is lush with theme, with never more than a few minutes passing before a statement of one of the three major themes returns. Those who enjoy the often powerful string performances in McKenzie's works will not be disappointed. In both the first two and last two tracks on album, as well as few selected cues in the middle, full concert-like performances of these melodies are the center of attention.



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Average: 3.12 Stars
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Total Time: 55:16
• 1. For Love of a Poet (Overture) (5:24)
• 2. Main Title (3:16)
• 3. Ricardo's Theme (0:59)
• 4. Trapped Inside My Memories (1:02)
• 5. I Want to Feel Your Work (1:36)
• 6. A Thunderstorm is Brewing (3:11)
• 7. Elegy for Jorge (2:04)
• 8. Blood of a Poet (3:31)
• 9. Marie Eugenia's Theme (0:56)
• 10. The Crumbling Sound of Daisies (1:41)
• 11. A Coffin of Wheels Was His Bed (1:24)
• 12. I Invented Some Wings for Flying (2:31)
• 13. I Sing His Elegance (3:09)
• 14. Five in the Shadow of the Afternoon (1:38)
• 15. Five by All Clocks in the Afternoon (3:16)
• 16. Butterfly of Your Kiss (2:32)
• 17. Death Calling (2:23)
• 18. Where is My Moon? (Lorca Elegy) (3:54)
• 19. Federico Garcia Lorca Orchestral Suite (10:40)

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The insert contains a short note from the composer, an excerpt from which follows:

    "My desire with The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca was to compose a deeply human, symphonic score full of pathos, romance, passion and drama: the essence of Federico Garcia Lorca's poetry. The recurring theme of death (so often referred to by Lorca) can be heard in the passionate flamenco singing of Manolo Segura. "Lorca's theme" (first heard about 1:45 into the Overture, and then in the Main Title) is, I think, my favorite theme of the score. This music came from my heart and soul and I hope that it speaks to yours in some meaningful way."
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