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Howards End
(1992)
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Composed and Produced by:
Richard Robbins

Conducted by:
Harry Rabonowitz

Orchestrated by:
Robert Stewart
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nimbus Records
(March 19th, 1992)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The same contents were made available with Robbins' A Room with a View and Maurice in a box set released by Angel in the U.K. in 1994.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you specifically seek the traditional piano pieces heard prominently in the film, a stark contrast from Richard Robbins' tepid score for this tale of Edwardian entanglements.

Avoid it... if you have no wish to doze off unwillingly, an inevitable consequence of Robbins' extremely restrained orchestral score that meanders aimlessly without any warmth, personality, or sense of cohesion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,824
WRITTEN 2/21/12
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Howards End: (Richard Robbins) One constant of cinema from the 1960's to the 2000's was Merchant Ivory Productions, the partnership of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant (and typically screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala) that brought a long series of period piece movies to the screen, most famously concentrating on Edwardian England in the early 20th Century. The artistic and critical height of their activity came in a period from the middle of the 1980's to the early 1990's, during which time they received the bulk of their mainstream awards consideration from the likes of BAFTA and AMPAS. Their trilogy of adaptations of E. M. Forster novels began with A Room with a View in 1985 and ended with Howards End in 1992, the latter garnering an immensely positive critical response and turning a fair profit after its substantial showing at the year's awards. Similar socio-economic examinations are expressed through character drama in these stories, and Howards End in particular was a poignant representation of battling classes and segments of society that must resolve themselves for the betterment of England in the end. You have wealthy industrialists, liberal and reformed bourgeoisie, and impoverished lower classes all intermingling with each other when members of their families engage in the usual rounds of fornication, marriage proposals, and betrayals in Howards End, all of these characters tied together in the storyline by a common interest in one beautiful countryside estate that shares the name of the film. The cast of English actors in their prime was anchored by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, whose awkward chemistry was successful enough to catapult the latter to fame and cause them to reunite the following year for the next Merchant Ivory movie, The Remains of the Day. Unless you have an established taste for these period English social commentaries that rely upon an endless series of talking heads for their appeal, a movie like Howards End could bore you out of your wits. The same could be said of the music for these pictures, most of which was provided for Merchant Ivory Productions by either Richard Robbins or Richard Bennett. While most of the notable entries in the series of films have been scored by Robbins, his own career's notoriety resulting from his awards recognition for these efforts during the early 1990's, his music is arguably inferior in many regards when considered as a larger sum of work for these Edwardian topics.



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Average: 2.76 Stars
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**** 11 4 Stars
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** 13 2 Stars
* 15 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:29
• 1. Main Title: Howards End* (3:48)
• 2. Helen and Paul Call It Off (2:54)
• 3. Music and Meaning (3:04)
• 4. The Basts/Spring Landscape (7:54)
• 5. Tango at Simpsons-in-the-Strand (3:16)
• 6. An Unexpected Proposal (4:10)
• 7. Margaret's Arrival at Howards End* (2:37)
• 8. At a Castle in Shropshire (4:40)
• 9. Moving In (2:05)
• 10. On the River (3:14)
• 11. The Sisters' Reconciliation (2:08)
• 12. Leonard's Death (5:30)
• 13. Return to Howards End (4:23)
• 14. End Credits** (3:17)
* contains "Bridal Lullaby" by Percy Grainger
** contains "Mock Morris" by Percy Grainger

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The insert includes a short note from the composer about the score, though it is very difficult to read given the packaging's color scheme.
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