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A Simple Twist of Fate
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 13th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are an avid collector of Cliff Eidelman's typically understated character drama scores of the 1990's, for this work is a standard entry in that collection.

Avoid it... if you expect the usual, lush character theme from Eidelman for a film like this to receive a satisfyingly full, ensemble performance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,158
WRITTEN 6/4/01, REVISED 2/11/08
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A Simple Twist of Fate: (Cliff Eidelman) It has been said many times that George Eliot's 1861 story of "Silas Marner" is deserving of a great Hollywood adaptation, whether literal or not. Steve Martin's own written and produced version in 1994 was widely considered a failure, mostly due to a clunky and manipulative script, and his lead acting performance suffered from his attempt to insert his trademark sense of self-deprecating humor into the role. The tear-jerking atmosphere of A Simple Twist of Fate would mark a continuation of composer Cliff Eidelman's string of character dramas that defined the bulk of his career in the 1990's, coming a year after his score for Untamed Heart was partially replaced in the film. The heartwarming story of A Simple Twist of Fate was a suitable project for Eidelman, who was in the process of fine-tuning his ability to score these films of personal journey with emotional depth. Because the subject matter stands on a serious and introspective level (more comparable in many ways to One True Thing than Now and Then), A Simple Twist of Fate contains longer passages of more ominous tones than most of Eidelman's other scores of the period. The wide range of emphasis in the performances by different sections of the orchestra makes A Simple Twist of Fate a more diverse effort for Eidelman, and portions of this score (especially in the less conventional woodwind uses) would later influence his rejected score for The Picture Bride the following year. Along the same lines as Untamed Heart, Eidelman concentrates on infusing his music with the mysterious tones of vocal arrangements spanning this score. For the more philosophical moments of pondering, female and/or children's wordless vocals add a touch of greater being (or mystical wonderment, if that description suits you better) to a rounded, but medium-sized orchestral group. The album's mix doesn't provide these vocals with much elegance, but rather gives them a somewhat grating edge that occasionally betrays the beauty of the underlying thematic performances.

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Total Time: 28:03
• 1. A Simple Twist of Fate (5:07)
• 2. Matilda's Fantasy (1:27)
• 3. The Bracelet (1:25)
• 4. Prelude to Tanny's Fate (3:04)
• 5. Floating on Air (1:58)
• 6. Red is the Rose* (1:38)
• 7. Okay You're Free (1:50)
• 8. Into the Light (3:09)
• 9. A New Life (3:06)
• 10. Red is the Rose - Reprise* (0:42)
• 11. Transcending (2:25)
• 12. Michael's Theme - piano solo performed by Cliff Eidelman (2:07)
* traditional, arranged by Cliff Eidelman

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