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The Mask of Zorro
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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Sony Music Soundtrax
(July 7th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you truly want to hear James Horner take his trademark style of writing in a splashy and fascinatingly different ethnic direction, resulting in one of the most engaging and flavorful action scores of the digital era.

Avoid it... if you have no love for Latin instrumentation or were not impressed by the more robust and mature variation of this score in The Legend of Zorro.
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WRITTEN 6/30/98, REVISED 3/16/08
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The Mask of Zorro: (James Horner) After decades absent from the big screen, the legendary Zorro returned in the form of Antonio Banderas during a 1998 summer season otherwise dominated by underachieving disaster flicks. Martin Campbell's surprisingly enjoyable film fed off the both the mystique of the concept and the chemistry between its three leading stars. The film had a sense of charisma and enthusiasm absent from the belated sequel, The Legend of Zorro, and in many regards remains a guilty pleasure a decade later. For composer James Horner, the concept of Zorro's plight represented a stark departure from the genre of films for which he had begun to mechanically provide Irish-laced themes and instrumentation. In the process of adapting his comfort zone to fit the flamenco sounds with which he would define The Mask of Zorro, Horner finally accomplished what many of his long-time collectors had hoped for: a perfect blend of his typical mannerisms with a refreshing new set of ideas and instrumentation. In many ways, The Mask of Zorro is a Latin variation on the composer's popular Willow, taking the best thematic and instrumental tendencies from the 1988 score and performing a cultural rearrangement for the setting of early California and the flair of Zorro's personality. Horner himself was in no need of introduction to mainstream audiences at the time; his score for Titanic had just ended its four month dominance of the music charts two months earlier, and his mantle had just received two Oscars. His score for Deep Impact, released two months prior to The Mask of Zorro, was adequate, but did little to satisfy fans awaiting Horner's next major achievement. What those fans would hear in this film is perhaps more exotic than expected, for despite significant critical praise and long-standing respect in the following years, The Mask of Zorro never caught on with audiences outside of the moderately successful pop song that Horner adapted from his score. Still, this score and The Legend of Zorro are together a powerhouse pairing that exhibit the spirit of swashbuckling adventure and instrumental creativity that has been lacking from Horner's career in the years between.

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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 77:16
• 1. The Plaza of Excecution (8:28)
• 2. Elena and Esperanza (8:20)
• 3. The Ride (3:25)
• 4. Elena's Truth (4:11)
• 5. The Fencing Lesson (5:29)
• 6. Tornado in the Barracks (5:12)
• 7. The Confession (3:43)
• 8. Zorro's Theme (3:01)
• 9. The Mine (Montero's Vision) (3:00)
• 10. Stealing the Map (6:30)
• 11. "Leave No Witnesses..." (13:21)
• 12. Diego's Goodbye (5:31)
• 13. "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" - performed by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena (4:41)

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The insert includes lyrics from the song (provided below) and extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film. The trailers for The Mask of Zorro included the use of "The Ride" from Horner's score, as well as excerpts from Hans Zimmer's Drop Zone, David Newman's The Phantom, and original material from John Beal.

Lyrics to "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You:"

Moon so bright, night so fine,
Keep your heart here with mine,
Life's a dream we are dreaming

Race the moon, catch the wind,
Ride the night to the end,
Seize the day, stand up for the light

I want to spend my lifetime loving you
If that is all in life I ever do

Heroes rise, heroes fall,
Rise again, win it all,
In your heart, can't you feel the glory?

Through our joy, through our pain,
We can move worlds again
Take my hand, dance the dance with me

I want to spend my lifetime loving you
If that is all in life I ever do
I will want nothing else to see me through
If I can spend my lifetime loving you

Though we know we will never come again
Where there is love, life begins
Over and over again

Save the night, save the day,
Save the love, come whay may,
Love is worth everything we pay

I want to spend my lifetime loving you
If that is all in life I ever do

I want to spend my lifetime loving you
If that is all in life I ever do

I will want nothing else to see me through
If I can spend my lifetime loving you.
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