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Henry V
(1989)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Simon Rattle

Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Performed by:
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
EMI Records, Ltd
(November 8th, 1989)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
"Non nobis Domine" won "Best Film Theme of 1989" at Britain's Ivor Novello Awards.
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Buy it... if you are interested in hearing a prominent composer announce his entry into the genre of film music with surprisingly robust force and romantically melodic heart.

Avoid it... if the dominant choral highlight of the score, "Non nobis Domine," represents your only interest in the score, in which case one of the piece's numerous, impressive re-recordings may suffice.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #285
WRITTEN 7/19/98, REVISED 9/23/11
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Henry V: (Patrick Doyle) Launching actor and screenwriter Kenneth Branagh's career as a director, Henry V proved to be the first assembly of a cast and crew that would join him for several mainstream productions throughout the 1990's. When adapting William Shakespeare's treatment of the topic, Branagh took pieces from the "Henry IV" and "Henry V" plays for an unusual but highly acclaimed combination of plot elements and characters from both works. His vision of the story was far darker and grittier than the famous Laurence Olivier cinematic adaptation of 1944, an important aspect of the 1989 movie's success. Branagh was nominated for Academy Awards for directing and acting, establishing himself as a competent Shakespearian filmmaker despite never reaping tremendous fiscal rewards from his initial efforts. When preparing for the production of Henry V in 1988, the director recognized that the film's music would play a crucial role in bridging the gap between the text's historical richness and the thematic expectations of a modern audience. At the outset, he was most concerned with contemplating methods of making the music appeal to a wider audience. The story is a political thriller, a study of leadership, a complex debate about war and the pity of conflict, and an uncompromising analysis of the English class system. To convey this, "a strong visual style that could appeal to an audience on the verge of the 1990's was vitally necessary," Branagh said. "The crucial bonding agent in all of this was the music." He employed long-time friend Patrick Doyle and asked him to produce a score that was powerful enough to provide the emotional touch that Branagh envisioned, without overpowering the complexity of the words themselves. Doyle had been a fellow actor with Branagh for a number of years and was trained to compose, but he had never before written music for a feature film. Nevertheless, Doyle was very familiar with the works of Shakespeare and felt that he could successfully meld authentic medieval sounds with an accessible classical tone. Branagh specifically requested music that would remain in the minds of the audience as long as the pictures themselves, and this required a score of, in Branagh's words, "epic proportions: thunderous, full-blooded, and heroic in size." To ensure that the score did not overshadow the text, however, Doyle avoided the bombastic, brassy approach that other composers may have favored given the circumstances.



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Excellent symphonic music
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:16
• 1. Opening Title/"O! for a Muse of fire" (3:34)
• 2. King Henry V Theme/The Boar's Head (2:46)
• 3. The Three Traitors (2:03)
• 4. "Now, lords, for France!" (2:40)
• 5. The Death of Falstaff (1:54)
• 6. "Once more unto the breach" (3:45)
• 7. The Threat to the Governor of Harfleur/Katherine of France/The March to Calais (5:51)
• 8. The Death of Bardolph (2:22)
• 9. "Upon the King" (4:50)
• 10. St. Crispin's Day/The Battle of Agincourt (14:13)
• 11. "The day is yours" (2:34)
• 12. "Non nobis, Domine" (4:09)
• 13. The Wooing of Katherine (2:24)
• 14. "Let this acceptance take" (2:50)
• 15. End Title (2:35)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes detailed information from Kenneth Branagh, Patrick Doyle, and conductor Simon Rattle about the score. Some of this review was originally presented as part of Filmtracks' May 1998 Theme of the Month ("Shakespeare and Patrick Doyle").
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