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The Personal History of David Copperfield
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Christopher Willis

Conducted by:
Nicholas Collon

Orchestrated by:
Edward Trybek
Henri Wilkinson
Jonathan Beard
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MVKA Music
(January 17th, 2020)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have an established affinity for English classicism of shamelessly expressive character, Christopher Willis suppling no shortage of refined exuberance in his highly layered work.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty following musical narratives when a composer provides an overabundance of activity on top of fragmented thematic ideas, this score proving surprisingly inaccessible without several revisits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,995
WRITTEN 3/6/21
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The Personal History of David Copperfield: (Christopher Willis) One of countless adaptations of Charles Dickens' 1850 somewhat autobiographical story, 2020's The Personal History of David Copperfield presents another humorous take on the life of the titular author, from his birth to his successful transition into writing as an adult. It's mostly a tale of absurd characters appropriate for an extended cast of accomplished actors, silly interactions not always making sense but the heart and perseverance of David Copperfield persisting as the affably weird protagonist. The film garnered significant praise from critics, though its support from the British indie crowd didn't translate to mainstream awards and box office success as hoped; the film struggled to recoup its budget. As expected for a film set in Victorian England, The Personal History of David Copperfield offers its production elements as a visual and aural feast, albeit a bit less lavish in this lighter fare. The music for the film is the domain of young composer Christopher Willis, whose unexpectedly noteworthy collaboration with director Armando Iannucci on 2017's The Death of Stalin rolls over to this assignment. Aside from that surprisingly robust and accomplished foray into dramatic comedy writing on a grand scale, Willis has toiled mostly with animated television cartoons in the late 2010's, paying his bills via countless hours of literally Mickey Mousing music. His film scoring exposure, however, included servient duties as a ghostwriter for Harry Gregson-Williams earlier in the decade. His academic concentration on classical music served him well for The Death of Stalin, which admirably pilfered techniques of prominent Russian composers, and he takes the same approach to The Personal History of David Copperfield, shifting his attention to early 20th Century British classicism instead. (He and the director rejected the notion of exploring musical inspiration as far back as Dickens' own era.) As a result, the score is absolutely steeped in this austere sense of British formality despite a rather playful demeanor, Willis opting to concentrate on the dramatic element and let the comedic aspects of the story play out without accentuated musical emphasis.


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Average: 3.59 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
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This reviewer is pitiful and misinformed
Dr. Eric Wood, ND - June 10, 2021, at 10:18 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 53:57
• 1. My Own Story (1:46)
• 2. Baby Davy (1:44)
• 3. Yarmouth (2:06)
• 4. Last Days of Innocence (1:50)
• 5. The Murdstones (1:00)
• 6. The Bottling Factory (1:16)
• 7. I Fall Into Disgrace (0:59)
• 8. A Corker of a Corker (1:28)
• 9. Without a Home (1:39)
• 10. 23 Miles to Dover (1:25)
• 11. Notes and Impressions (1:34)
• 12. A Blissful Summer (1:16)
• 13. First Day at School (1:05)
• 14. Mr. Dick and the Kite (1:16)
• 15. Agnes (0:46)
• 16. Tall Tales (1:22)
• 17. Uriah Heep (1:31)
• 18. Of Kites and Concertinas (0:49)
• 19. Leaving Day (2:01)
• 20. Meeting Dora (1:00)
• 21. Adventures of a London Gentleman (3:49)
• 22. Mock Turtle (0:38)
• 23. Ruined (2:03)
• 24. Mounting Troubles (2:04)
• 25. Return to Yarmouth (1:32)
• 26. Steerforth Mucks In (1:26)
• 27. Emily Gone (1:09)
• 28. The Search for Emily (1:16)
• 29. David's Writings (2:57)
• 30. The Shipwreck (2:22)
• 31. Concluding Words (0:57)
• 32. A Life Well Written (3:17)
• 33. These Pages Must Show (End Credits) (2:34)

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The packaging contains no insert, only a slipcase with basic credits printed within and no extra information about the score or film.
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