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The Lost Child
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The Northwest Sinfonia

Conducted by:
Adam Stern
Chris Ledesma
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(December 5th, 2000)
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Buy it... if the reliable beauty of Mark McKenzie's family-oriented television music creates enough of a relaxing atmosphere to compensate for this score's lack of vigorous engagement.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to make any significant attempt to address the Native American elements in the story.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,360
WRITTEN 12/10/00, REVISED 8/16/08
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The Lost Child: (Mark McKenzie) Hallmark Entertainment's 206th feature length film for television and video, The Lost Child starred Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl and premiered on CBS on November 19th, 2000 before working its way onto the studio's standard video release format. Ruehl is a woman originally adopted, and upon the death of the Jewish parents who raised her, she discovers through the Internet that she is in fact a full-blooded Navajo Native American. The initial shock of discovering her heritage and a twin sister eventually leads to self-fulfillment as she and her husband come to accept a new, completely alien family. Composer Mark McKenzie was no stranger to the Hallmark Hall of Fame series, his frequent assignments for the studio rivaling those of the prolific Lee Holdridge in quality. A career orchestrator for several of Hollywood's most prominent composers during the early years of his career, McKenzie began to show in the late 1990's the promise of a successful shift to his own writing. And while these productions (mostly for television) never yielded the breakthrough to feature motion pictures that many film music collectors had hoped, McKenzie consistently blessed these relatively unknown films with lovely orchestral efforts. Fully orchestral and highly melodic, The Lost Child is on par with the style that the composer exhibited for family films both then and in the subsequent decade. Largely because of Intrada Record's support of McKenzie throughout his entire career, scores such as The Lost Child continue to prove that his compositions for obscure family films are strong in their thematic development and performance. At the time, McKenzie had received much praise for his previous Hallmark film score released on album, Durango. Unlike that extremely pretty score, however, The Lost Child does not contain much of any ethnic influence whatsoever, despite its subject matter. The choice not to utilize any significant ethnic instrumentation is perhaps a significant surprise, for it was the collection of ethnic accents in Durango that made that work such a dramatic and enjoyable score. Unfortunately, the absence of much (if any, really) identifiable ethnic influence in the score for The Lost Child causes it to translate into a generic endeavor.



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Average: 3.32 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:08
• 1. The Lost Child Orchestral Suite (4:27)
• 2. Adopted Into a New Family (Main Titles) (2:52)
• 3. Kinaalda Celebration (2:08)
• 4. A Lost Bird is Found (1:37)
• 5. Aunt Mary's Wisdom (3:48)
• 6. Rejection (3:24)
• 7. Weaving Vision (1:32)
• 8. Yazzi's Embrace (1:18)
• 9. The Land Reminds Us to Praise our God (1:35)
• 10. A Hug and a New Home (1:11)
• 11. Please Don't Get a Divorce (3:13)
• 12. Mom's Funeral (3:33)
• 13. The Horse (2:09)
• 14. You're the Love of My Life (1:25)
• 15. Birthday Wish (1:11)
• 16. Beck's Finds Strength of Purpose (2:20)
• 17. Dancing Transformation (2:34)
• 18. Early Morning Prayer/End Credits (1:31)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note from the director (about the score) and the following comments by Mark McKenzie:

    "The Lost Child is a true story of a Native American woman who discovers unconditional love, a nurturing spiritual heritage, and a father's affirmation. The story powerfully conveys the strength that comes from a loving, emotionally and spiritually connected family. My goal was to compose melodic, pastoral, emotional and beautiful music to support the drama of The Lost Child. There are numerous solos with harp, cello, piano, classical guitar, flute, oboe, and clarinet; often with underlying muted strings. The Indian ethnic music is subtle, yet present in the wood flute playing the mother's weaving theme (track #7). If you would like more information about my music, let me invite you to check out my web page at: http://markmckenzie.cjb.net."
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