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Moll Flanders
(1996)
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Composed and Performed by:

Conducted by:
Don Harper

Produced by:
Christopher Ward
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London Records
(June 4th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear a valiant and competent attempt by Mark Mancina to write and record a period score without the necessary orchestral ensemble to make it credible.

Avoid it... if whatever enjoyment you can receive from Mancina's harmonic structures is betrayed by their sparse, electronic rendering and short running time.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,169
WRITTEN 7/14/99, REVISED 6/11/07
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Moll Flanders: (Mark Mancina) Very little from Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel survived the alterations of screenwriter and director Pen Densham for this 1996 feature film only loosely inspired by the literary classic. While most of the British location period films of the mid-1990's were among the lighter variety of Jane Austen's pen, Moll Flanders (along with Restoration) offered a more realistic view of the trials of life in the era, including a prominent role for the plague. Only the name of the primary character in Moll Flanders is retained; her life in the book spans the world and several distinct changes in occupation, but the film is narrowed to a flashback narrative performed by Morgan Freeman to the leading prostitute's daughter about the life story of the mother. Despite the somewhat harrowing aspects of the story, an almost purely positive score was submitted by aspiring Media Ventures spin-off Mark Mancina. While Moll Flanders was a project likely suited best for the proven talents of George Fenton or Patrick Doyle, the path to Mancina was one far less expensive. And, in the production's decision not to allocate the kind of funding necessary to the score, Mancina was not afforded the luxury of providing Moll Flanders with the expected orchestral ensemble with which to appropriately convey the period of the film. Mancina was showing considerable promise in 1996, with the release of Moll Flanders held until the concurrent opening of his highly anticipated score for Twister, one of the summer's top blockbusters. Unlike Twister, however, Moll Flanders didn't receive much playing time in CD players, due in part to the film's poor box office showing (despite decent reviews) and also due in part to the problems inherent with any period score that is forced to rely on synthesizers. Mancina was only provided with enough resources to hire a dozen or so live instruments, and he stretched them thin over a bed of restrained, but obviously electronic soundscapes that will bother listeners to varying degrees.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 69:09
Moll
• 1. Moll of Flanders (4:18)
• 2. Moll's Jig (2:11)
• 3. Flesh and Blood (3:31)
• 4. A New World (3:25)

Mrs. Allworthy
• 5. Devil Woman (4:48)

The Artist
• 6. We Were One (1:26)
• 7. Voyage (1:52)

Hibble
• 8. Hibble's Tale (1:48)

Flora
• 9. Life begins (3:31)
• 10. Sparrows (3:24)
• 11. Flora's Choice (1:35)

(Non-Mancina Compositions:)
• 12. Full of Grace - performed by Sarah McLachlan (3:38)
• 13. Belle Nuit, O Nuit D'Amour from: Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach) (4:08)
• 14. Allegro from: Suite #3 in D-Major, BWV 1068 (Bach) (5:11)
• 15 - 16. Allegro largo from: Concero in C, RV (Vivaldi) (2:33/3:32)
• 17. Air from: Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G-Major, BWV 1048 (Bach) (6:48)
• 18. Hornpipe and Andante from: Water Music Suite #1 in F-Major (Handel) (8:02)

Moll
19. Moll Reprise (3:05)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes the following note from he director:

    "If music can described as poetry, then Mark Mancina and his musicians have written an infinite ode to my characters. There us a soul and a depth that his music brings to this film that moves me to tears no matter how many times I watch Moll Flanders, and believe me, as the director I will have seen this film more than any other human being. Mark and I are both extraoridinarily grateful to Sarah McLachlan for adding her hauntingly beautiful song, 'Full of Grace' to our soundtrack."


Additional arrangements and soloists:

    Arrangements by: John Van Tongeren and Don Harper
    Woodwinds: Fred Selden
    Violin: Ralph Morrison III
    Cello: Dennis Karmazan
    Fiddle/Mandolin: Graham Peskett
    Solo Vocals: Karen Harper
    Acoustic Guitar: Doug Smith
    Percussion: Michael Fisher
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