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Beautiful Score by Frank Cordell


That's one of the things I always liked about this, my favourite movie of all time. The musical score is so appropriate and beautiful, mixing the exotic with the epic.

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It's also clear, since I've been laid up sick and watching movies, that Legrand's score for the 1973/3 Three/Four Musketeers (also with Heston!) was influenced by this movie's score.

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Yeah, the music is great. This is only one of two Frank Cordell scores I've heard. The other is his oscar nominated score to "Cromwell" in 1970 which I don't understand at all how that got a nomination. Cordell should have recieved an oscar nomination for this score. But that's just me.

It is a great score though to a great movie.

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This score is available on CD along with Cordell's score to Mosquito Squadron at Screen Archives Entertainment.

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=3806

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I, to, agree that the score is well-suited to the action and majestic sweep of the film. Surprising that the name Frank Cordell is not particularly well-known in the field of film score composers.

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Frank Cordell was under used as a film composer. He only wrote a handful but they are all different and very interesting musically. I purchased years ago a cd of the soundtrack of Khartoum as well as my own particular favorite, the suite from the film Ring Of Bright Water which I always find inspirational. He was indeed a very gifted composer.

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It's a tragedy when true artists are under-appreciated but reading the Wiki page on him makes me wonder if the 'Cordell' surname is really a pseudonym or stage name.

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An awful lot of COrdell's approach and orchestration in this score reappears in John Williams score for Star Wars including the throne room music and the Tatooine music...

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I saw the movie when I was a kid, and it was showing in a "road show" screening, the way they used to do with big epics: reserved seating; intermission; a souvenir booklet with stills, cast biographies, making-of info, etc. When I saw in the darkened theater and heard the overture, I was wowed. I had to have the soundtrack LP for Christmas, and played it over and over. I was just starting to appreciate classical music, and saw the soundtrack as a great symphony. Since then, my musical tastes have gotten a little more savvy and sophisticated (I think) but yesterday I saw the movie on tv for the first time in decades, and maybe it was a sentimental reaction, but hearing the score again was thrilling.

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Agreed & when I first saw the movie was taken by my mother, who bought me the booklet they used to sell with all epics. I kept them all for many years.
The score is ideal, and reminds me of Elgar, in parts, probably very much intentional.
This was a period of history when the British Empire was at its zenith.
Says something about this island people that we produced great men like Gordon, & a few others.
None similar around these days, worse luck.

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