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Gosford Park
(2001)
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Score Composed and Co-Produced by:

Songs Composed by:
Ivor Novello

Score Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford

Score Conducted by:
James Shearman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(January 15th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are specifically looking for the many vocal and piano performances of Ivor Novello's music that were prominently featured in the film's story.

Avoid it... if you expect Patrick Doyle's mellow score, which struggles to maintain character identity amongst those songs, to establish much overarching personality of its own.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #553
WRITTEN 1/20/02, REVISED 2/18/09
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Gosford Park: (Patrick Doyle) If you consider yourself allergic to what you deem the "period talking head" film genre, then Gosford Park is likely your worst nightmare come true. Robert Altman's character rich dramas often receive their acclaim for their outstanding direction, screenwriting, and acting. For Gosford Park, he assembled an absolute all-star cast of British actors, though the whirlwind pace of the extravagant plot caused each character to be rather shallow. The story is constrained to a theatrical stage-like bubble of action, with the murderous who-done-it story played out in the lavish confines of a mansion in a century past. For those not informed about 1930's culture, both in Britain and America, many of the conversational references and characters' reasoning will fly over their heads and likely lead to immense boredom. The intensely intimate manner by which Altman typically concentrates on the story and its characters rather than anything with more flash can cause the scores for his films to fade away into obscurity. In fact, when one thinks about an Altman film, the original score isn't the first thing that comes to mind and, in many cases, his films don't even need a score. This wasn't the case, however, with Gosford Park, which was a musical-like diversion for Altman. One of the characters is based on composer Ivor Novello, who is portrayed by actor Jeremy Northam well enough in the film that he performs all of his own piano and vocal duties. It's not uncommon for the film to spend ten minutes delving into a deep discussion of culture theory and then loosen its environment with one of Northam's lengthy performances (which dominate the soundscape during almost every moment). The period and decadent style of the setting in Gosford Park necessitated a score to accompany the songs, and Altman looked no further than Patrick Doyle for the assignment. The composer, heaving just finished Love's Labour's Lost and a veteran of several British period dramas, was a very logical choice by Altman. The musical approach to Gosford Park, however, is nothing like Love's Labour's Lost. Because it still holds true to the tight grip of the director, Gosford Park was a project for which Doyle needed only a small ensemble and a swaggering sense of style.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:07
• 1. Waltz of my Heart - performed by Jeremy Northam (2:06)
• 2. Mr. Parks (1:48)
• 3. Gosford Park (2:22)
• 4. Bored to Sobs (1:31)
• 5. The Shirt (1:40)
• 6. And Her Mother Came Too - performed by Jeremy Northam (1:54)
• 7. Walking to Shoot (1:20)
• 8. No Smoke Without Fire (1:34)
• 9. Scherzo in G (1:30)
• 10. I Can Give You the Starlight - performed by Jeremy Northam (2:35)
• 11. What a Duke Should Be - performed by Jeremy Northam (1:56)
• 12. Inspector Thompson (3:08)
• 13. Pull Yourself Together (1:48)
• 14. Life Goes On (2:28)
• 15. Secrets to Hide (2:04)
• 16. Only For a While - performed by Abigail Doyle (3:16)
• 17. Rather a Pasting (1:34)
• 18. Love Jam (3:07)
• 19. Why Isn't It You? - performed by Jeremy Northam (2:14)
• 20. The Way It's Meant to Be - performed by Abigail Doyle (2:10)
• 21. Carpe Diem (1:03)
• 22. Good Luck (1:30)
• 23. Your Boy's Alive (2:00)
• 24. The Land That Might-Have-Been - performed by Jeremy Northam (4:18)

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The insert includes extensive credits and notes from both Patrick Doyle and Robert Altman about the scoring process for the film.
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