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Twelfth Night
(1996)
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Composed and Produced by:
Shaun Davey

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Fiachra Trench

Performed by:
The Irish National Film Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Silva Screen Records
(September 5th, 1996)

Silva Screen Records America
(October 15th, 1996)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both the American and European releases from Silva were commercial products with identical contents, but both are long out of print and could cost you $30 to $45 on the used market.
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Buy it... if you enjoy the very similar flighty lightheartedness of Patrick Doyle's early 1990's scores for Shakespeare adaptations.

Avoid it... if the Bard gives you hives, or if for some reason you're allergic to Shaun Davey's Irish tilt on parts of the score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #579
WRITTEN 3/2/98, REVISED 4/16/06
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Twelfth Night: (Shaun Davey) The mid-1990's were an era for a rediscovery of William Shakespeare on the big screen, thanks mostly to Kenneth Branagh behind and in front of the camera. Whereas the early 1990's seemed obsessed with Jane Austen, Hollywood would be deluged with interpretations of Othello, Richard III, Looking for Richard, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Branagh's own massive Hamlet within a one-year span in 1995-1996. One of the things that Twelfth Night had going for it at the time was the fact that few well known adaptations had been made of the 1601 Shakespeare text on film. Famed British stage director Trevor Nunn (better recognized for Cats perhaps than his twenty years with the Royal Shakespeare Company) would tackle Twelfth Night in 1996, shifting the setting of the plot from 1600 to 1800, taking advantage of the Cornish countryside, and, more interestingly, adapting a very faithful interpretation of the play into an environment in which he could bring many of the gay and lesbian issues in the story out of the closet. That story is a typical Shakespearian comedy, with confused identities, love triangles, and flighty assumptions all building up over the course of two hours until the usual grand finale in which all identities are revealed, all love interests are settled, and the world is a happy place. Add to the equation several auxiliary characters that serve as comedic departures, and Twelfth Night is a delightful story. Nunn's film, in an effort to remain faithful, however, does have pacing issues, and the running time of the film, teamed with poor publicity (the studio decided to market the film based on the cross-dressing aspect of the story), defied a generally positive critical response and caused the project to blow through the theatres without much success. The big screen adaptations of the Bard were dominated musically by Patrick Doyle in the early 1990's, and though his resume was filled with Shakespearian projects from stage and screen, so was composer Shaun Davey's, who, like Nunn, was a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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338 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.42 Stars
***** 95 5 Stars
**** 90 4 Stars
*** 62 3 Stars
** 45 2 Stars
* 46 1 Stars
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Hard to find but worth it, IF...
ddueck - October 4, 2007, at 7:55 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:10
• 1. I'll Tell Thee a Tale* (0:56)
• 2. Shipwrecked/Illyria (3:53)
• 3. Orsino's Horsemen/The Disguise (4:14)
• 4. The Rose Window/The Food of Love (2:47)
• 5. Cesario's First Walk/Malvolio's Inspection (1:29)
• 6. Sir Andrew's Dance/O Mistress Mine** (1:10)
• 7. Take Away the Fool (2:42)
• 8. Farewell Her Cruelty/Cesario's Charm (3:32)
• 9. O Mistress Mine*** (2:45)
• 10. Lonely Night/Malvolio's Fantasy/Sponge (3:26)
• 11. Cesario's Second Journey (1:32)
• 12. Come Away Death*/Prelude to Act Three (4:05)
• 13. Antonio's Chase (1:34)
• 14. Malvolio Rampant (2:24)
• 15. The Reluctant Duelists (5:22)
• 16. A Witchcraft (1:41)
• 17. I am a Gone Sir* (0:53)
• 18. The Twins' Reunion (4:56)
• 19. The Wind and the Rain* (5:36)
* performed by Ben Kingsley
** performed by Rita Connolly, Valerie Armstrong, Peter Beamish
*** performed by Ben Kingsley and Imelda Staunton

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about Shaun Davey's career and a synopsis of the story.
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