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Master and Commander
(2003)
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Co-Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted and Co-Produced by:
Christopher Gordon

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Iva Davies

Co-Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Richard Tognetti

Drums Performed by:
Mike Fisher
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Decca/Universal
(November 11th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you specifically enjoyed the combination of classical pieces and traditional folk music heard in the film, for the textured original score is badly underdeveloped by comparison.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear an adventurous, thematic, dynamic, or spirited orchestral score for the high seas or, for that matter, any addressing of the fear, romanticism, or perseverance in the genre whatsoever.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #106
WRITTEN 10/20/03, REVISED 3/8/09
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World: (Iva Davies/Christopher Gordon/Richard Tognetti) Based on the best-selling novels of Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World portrays the crew of the wooden battleship H.M.S. Surprise, with Russell Crowe as Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, in a duel with a larger, better armed, and ruthless enemy predator. The chases and battles between the two ships send both on a journey to the far side of the world, with the crippled, British underdogs doing their best to maintain Royal authority over the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars. The film was the first major cinematic drama to feature wooden battleships in close range combat in many years, stirring up interest by offering a realistic edge to the swashbuckling heroics of Hollywood's Golden Age with modern, digital effects. In the case of Master and Commander, music would inherently play a more personal role in the film than it had in previous incarnations of similar stories. The captain of the ship is a character skilled on the violin, and in the novels he would perform duets with the ship's surgeon, who accompanies the captain with a cello. The playing of music was a great release for both characters, and to show authenticity in his performance on screen, Crowe studied with Australian Chamber Orchestra director and lead violinist Richard Tognetti to ensure that his acting in these scenes was authentic enough to suffice. Director Peter Weir had often been known for his eclectic choices in music for his films, and Master and Commander was certainly no exception. Instead of choosing a mainstream composer to raise the sonic marvels of swashbuckling legend Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Weir decided upon an unusual collaboration between composers, singers, and performers in the form Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon, and Richard Tognetti.

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Average: 2.79 Stars
***** 260 5 Stars
**** 270 4 Stars
*** 375 3 Stars
** 416 2 Stars
* 359 1 Stars
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soundtrack as appetizer, not entree
Jude - September 26, 2009, at 9:07 p.m.
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rejection of your criticism
Caleb - May 7, 2006, at 1:47 a.m.
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SEA SONGS
TONY FRANKLIN - April 22, 2006, at 9:41 a.m.
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Is the CD soundtrack different from the DVD?
Dave Tice - December 14, 2005, at 10:05 p.m.
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music on the island?   Expand >>
Dennis - August 31, 2005, at 11:48 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:45
• 1. The Far Side of the World* (9:19)
• 2. Into the Fog* (2:12)
• 3. Violin Concerto No. 3 "Straussburg" K.215, 3rd Movement - written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1:19)
• 4. The Cuckold Comes Out of the Amery (traditional) (3:27)
• 5. Smoke N' Oakum* (5:27)
• 6. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis** - written by Ralph Vaughan Williams (5:14)
• 7. Adagio from Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G Minor, "Christmas Concerto" - written by Arcangelo Corelli (1:56)
• 8. The Doldrums* (2:46)
• 9. Prelude from the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007*** - written by Johan Sebastian Bach (2:28)
• 10. The Galapagos* (1:39)
• 11. Folk Medley: O'Sullivan's March, Cuckold Comes Out of the Amery, Mother Hen, Mary Scott, Nancy Dawson (traditional) (5:12)
• 12. The Phasmid* (2:34)
• 13. The Battle* (5:07)
• 14. Boccherini La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid, No. 6, Op. 30 (String Quintet in C) - written by Luigi Boccherini (9:23)
• 15. Full Circle (with dialogue)* (1:34)
* Original score by Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon, Richard Tognetti
** Performed by the New Philharmonic Orchestra
*** Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Total score time: 30:38

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Crew of film
The composers with the director: Davies, Weir, Gordon, Tognetti

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