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Little Women
(2019)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(November 26th, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you soak in the rhythmically flighty but technically precise manner with which Alexandre Desplat orchestrates affable romance music.

Avoid it... if no amount of cheery Desplat whimsy can charm you without the presence of an obvious thematic narrative, the composer's themes unmemorable outside of their exuberant performance characteristics.
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WRITTEN 10/10/20
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Little Women: (Alexandre Desplat) By the year 2100, there will likely be 15 major film adaptations of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel to the screen, 2019's Little Women representing the seventh among those many redundant offerings. Just in case we've forgotten, the story is familiar to the period romances and dramas of the British from roughly the same era but rather set in New England during America's Civil War. A mother is left raising four daughters when her husband goes to war, and those daughters are each wildly varied in their personalities, once again making yet another film into a character study of not only the outsiders who seek their affections but also the family's own diversity. Other than a few twists of sadness, Little Women is generally a soft and child-safe picture full of eye-rolling marriage intrigue, and the 2019 telling by Greta Gerwig managed to earn not only widespread critical acclaim but also a substantial popular response. Even so, expect most men to tolerantly groan and suffer the film in hopes of nookie on the other side. Doubling the Academy Award nomination count of the strong 1994 adaptation, 2019's Little Women attracted across-the-board recognition for composer Alexandre Desplat's music. Audiences could expect Desplat's distinctly European music to diverge from the more traditionally Americana approach tendered beautifully by Thomas Newman for the 1994 film. Gerwig had been an avid Desplat enthusiast and instructed the composer to bring his exacting orchestrations to a romantic but not too sugary demeanor in this score. It is no surprise, therefore, that the result of Desplat's work for Little Women yields a blend of a scherzo, waltz, and jazz-inspired atmosphere in conjunction with the somewhat restrained dramatic tones of The Girl With a Pearl Earring, Coco Avant Chanel, and Cheri. In the grimmer passages, expect greater connectivity to the more recent The Light Between Oceans. The highlights of the score, however, are the many cues of zealous cheer that effectively bookend the work and seem effortless despite their sometimes dizzying level of activity.



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Average: 3.38 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 63:22
• 1. Little Women (3:12)
• 2. Plumfield (3:38)
• 3. The Beach (2:48)
• 4. Christmas Morning (2:53)
• 5. Dance on the Porch (1:08)
• 6. Ice Skating (2:13)
• 7. The Book (3:36)
• 8. Father Comes Home (3:18)
• 9. Christmas Breakfast (2:33)
• 10. Amy (1:25)
• 11. Friedrich Dances with Jo (1:34)
• 12. Telegram (1:49)
• 13. Theatre in the Attic (2:27)
• 14. Laurie Kisses Amy (1:23)
• 15. Friedrich (1:32)
• 16. Laurie and Jo on the Hill (1:01)
• 17. Young Love (1:34)
• 18. Meg's Dress (4:26)
• 19. Carriage Ride (1:48)
• 20. Laurie (0:55)
• 21. The Letter (1:45)
• 22. Snow in the Garden (2:39)
• 23. Jo Writes (3:49)
• 24. Amy, Fred, Meg and John (3:48)
• 25. Dr March's Daughters (4:46)
• 26. It's Romance (1:23)

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