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Mr. Holland's Opus
(1996)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Sacks

Performed by:
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra

The London Metropolitan Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Stephen McLaughlin
Christopher Brooks
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
London/Decca Record Co.
(January 23rd, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you, like many, were impressed by Michael Kamen's balance of underscore and original source material in the context of the film, led by fifteen minutes of music (in three cues) that have become a defining moment in the composer's sadly shortened career.

Avoid it... if you want to hear Kamen blend the rock influences of the film's many song placements into his score outside of the famous "An American Symphony," or if you expect the engagingly resounding tone of that piece to carry over into much of the rest of the soundtrack.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,646
WRITTEN 7/23/10
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Mr. Holland's Opus: (Michael Kamen) For all the frustrated musicians and aspiring composers in the world who have never managed to follow a passion for creating a life-defining piece of music, the late 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus is a memorable encapsulation of that elusive dream. The initially obscure but eventually successful film follows the adult life of one such tortured musician/composer who quits his performing career and becomes a teacher of music at a high school so that he can have more time with his family and write the orchestral opus of his dreams. Nothing goes as planned, however, and his life becomes a tortured trial of fate when his son is born deaf and he never has the financial backing to have his orchestral piece performed even when it is finished. As his teaching career at his Portland, Oregon high school concludes in bitter budget dispute, a collection of his former students combine to form an ensemble that performs the title character's opus and finally brings meaning to his endeavors over the previous thirty years. A tear-jerker in every sense, Mr. Holland's Opus was buoyed by its screenplay and Richard Dreyfuss in the lead role, both receiving major awards recognition. For those who collect film music, the film is an outstanding exploration of the merging of source and underscore material, requiring the original music to serve multiple, overlapping purposes. On the other hand, a lack of realism in how some of the music is conveyed, primarily a problem with the momentous performance of the opus at the end, creates a few fallacies of logic that are simply too glaring to ignore. Still, composer Michael Kamen, continuing his collaboration with director Stephen Herek from The Three Musketeers, managed to very intelligently address all of the various elements pushing and pulling at the lead character in the story. Additionally, Mr. Holland's Opus, by necessity, is filled with a variety of pop culture tunes extending from 1965 to 1995, a representation of the music that dominates the interest of the man's pupils despite his efforts to push them into the classical realm.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:34
• 1. Mr. Holland Begins (2:56)
• 2. Iris and Glen (2:28)
• 3. Practice, Practice, Practice (3:51)
• 4. New Baby/Coltrane/Children Should Listen to Mozart (3:17)
• 5. Rush to Hospital (While Parents Listen to Beethoven) (3:17)
• 6. 7th Symphony - Allegretto - written by Ludwig von Beethoven (11:06)
• 7. Cole's Tune (4:18)
• 8. Vietnam (We Know Too Many of these Kids) (4:30)
• 9. Rowena (6:11)
• 10. Concerto for Three Harpsichords in C - 1st Movement - written by J.S. Bach (7:50)
• 11. Thank You Mr. Holland (5:08)
• 12. An America Symphony (Mr. Holland's Opus) (8:27)
• 13. Cole's Song - performed by Julian Lennon (3:49)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the director about Kamen and the score, as well as quotes about the film.
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