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The Long Way Home
(1997)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearchen

Performed by:
Symphony Seattle

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records
(November, 1997)
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Limited Belgian release only, available through soundtrack specialty outlets for between $20 and $30.
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Buy it... if you are familiar with Lee Holdridge's typically restrained, but highly respectful style of unassuming orchestral music for historical documentaries.

Avoid it... if you're accustomed to the more popularly-known docu-drama music for Jewish suffering with larger, more robust recordings from A-list composers.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,374
WRITTEN 12/16/97, REVISED 3/5/06
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The Long Way Home: (Lee Holdridge) In the genre of documentaries and historical dramatic fiction, few digital age composers have quietly assembled as impressive a collection of works as Lee Holdridge. The composer's collaboration with the Moriah Film division of Simon Wiesenthal Center would be highlighted by The Long Way Home in 1997 and continue at least to Unlikely Heroes in 2004. Highly acclaimed and winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary in its year of release, The Long Way Home was the launching success in the studio's regular output of films depicting different aspects of Jewish history during the tumultuous years between the end of World War II and the establishment of the state of Israel. In this specific case, The Long Way Home examines the tragedy that occurred for displaced Jews after their liberation, with some refugee camp survivors attempting to reassimilate into the German population, some staying at the camps under (obviously better) British and American care, and others, of course, emigrating to various parts of the world. The negotiations between the British and Palestinians about Jewish settlers to their homeland is also followed, exposing govermental blunders and mass societal failures along the way. While not pleasant in subject matter by any means, The Long Way Home won critics over with its elegant lead narration by Morgan Freeman and the reading of letters and diaries through the film by other well known voices. As with any documentary, the musical underscore would be required to set an evenly distributed background for this dialogue, and at this, Holdridge easily succeeds. Primarily a composer for television films, Holdridge has always provided compelling music for the documentaries to which he has been assigned, and the films about the Holocaust specifically seem to inspire some of his strongest original ideas and adaptations.



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Total Time: 40:16
• 1. Main Title (1:52)
• 2. Encounter at the Fence (1:30)
• 3. Children's Faces (1:02)
• 4. Displaced Persons (2:07)
• 5. A Lonely Man Walking (0:51)
• 6. Hated (1:09)
• 7. Refugees (1:23)
• 8. Hardships (1:03)
• 9. The Diary (1:30)
• 10. The First Train Home (1:00)
• 11. Appalling Conditions (2:08)
• 12. Flight (2:38)
• 13. Od Yishoma (1:23)
• 14. Over the Mountains (2:21)
• 15. Raising the Flag (1:02)
• 16. A Ship Sent Back (1:20)
• 17. After the Singing (0:48)
• 18. Ode to Joy for the 1000th Boy (0:45)
• 19. Coming to America (2:28)
• 20. Encounter with the Ships (3:33)
• 21. Rad Halilah (1:10)
• 22. Opening the Gates (2:15)
• 23. Our Homeland, Our Lives (2:12)
• 24. Finale/End Title (2:46)

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The insert ccontains extensive information about the film, but nothing about the score.
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