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Marie Ward
(1984)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Christopher Palmer

Produced by:
George Korngold

Performed by:
The Bavarian State Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 1st, 2001)
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A limited Varèse Sarabande CD Club release of only 3,000 unnumbered copies. This album was the first of three to begin a resurrection of an earlier CD Club that existed in the late 80's and early 90's. Its initial cost was $15, but it, unlike the other two concurrent Club releases, did not immediately sell out. Full index: VCL 1101-1003
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Buy it... if you are an established collector of Elmer Bernstein's works and appreciate the composer's ability to write consistently appealing, small-scale character scores of thematic beauty.

Avoid it... if you do not share Bernstein's fascination with the Ondes Martenot instrument, which once again dominates the soundscape in this work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,190
WRITTEN 11/9/01, REVISED 11/2/08
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Marie Ward: (Elmer Bernstein) One of the truly forgotten biographical projects of the 1980's is this first film about Marie Ward, the real life teacher who rebelled against her 17th Century societal role and established religious schools around Europe for the education of girls. While that storyline, along with a cast of relative unknowns, may not have stirred much interest in the film, there are two elements of Marie Ward that do warrant a second look. First, the diverse and impressive settings of the film's photography are not to be ignored; the locations include some of the most holy in all of Europe, as well as some areas that were demolished immediately after the production of the film. The second aspect of Marie Ward that has held the film in high regard in some corners is composer Elmer Bernstein's superior score for the production. Director and screenwriter Angelika Weber insisted so strongly that the venerable Bernstein compose the score for the film that she flew to Los Angeles to make a personal pitch for the project (and in the process, showed a kind of Marie Ward-like personality trait in doing so). Bernstein agreed to the assignment, and jumped into it immediately following the final recording sessions of The Black Cauldron. His music was recorded in Germany, where Bernstein was comfortable with the large ensemble, The Bavarian State Orchestra, that was hired for the occasion. Stylistically, for a film about a religious icon, the score has surprisingly little music of outward religious inclination. Nor does the British setting provide much pomp either. Perhaps this less overt tone by Bernstein was chosen simply because of the fact that Marie Ward was progressively minded in the first place, so representations of inappropriately religious music of a bulky nature were uncalled for.



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Total Time: 49:22
• 1. At the Beginning (4:47)
• 2. Plea (3:21)
• 3. Sellinger's Round (Byrd, Arranged: C. Palmer) (1:33)
• 4. The Axe (3:49)
• 5. Quam Dilecta Tabernacula Tua (Bonifactio Gratiani) (3:39)
• 6. Leonard and the Plots (4:03)
• 7. Revelation (2:14)
• 8. Return to England (1:50)
• 9. Rome/Laureate Dominum (Palestrina) (3:53)
• 10. Dreams and Visions (2:49)
• 11. Pilgrimage (2:51)
• 12. The Children (3:04)
• 13. Martyrs (1:45)
• 14. Illness (1:32)
• 15. Last Visit (2:20)
• 16. Finale (5:10)

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The insert contains a long note from Bernstein's friend and orchestrator, Christopher Palmer. It is customary for the Varèse Sarabande CD Club releases to include a lengthy analysis of both the film and score.
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