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Finding Neverland
(2004)
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Composed and Conducted by:
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(November 2nd, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of an Academy Award and nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you are whisked into a dreamland by the bright, repetitive rhythms, consistently fluffy innocence, and major-key melodic grace of Rachel Portman, James Horner, and Stephen Warbeck's equivalent dramatic fantasy modes.

Avoid it... if you are among the crowd who cannot long tolerate the ceaselessly positive, prancing attitude of the music described above, especially considering the relatively few dramatic interludes of genuine weight to break that mood in this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #198
WRITTEN 10/29/04, REVISED 9/22/11
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Kaczmarek
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Finding Neverland: (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek) Despite the film title's Peter Pan and Pixar-like associations, Finding Neverland is a serious (albeit fictional) look at James Matthew Barrie's process of creating the Peter Pan tale and how it affected his real life relationships. Set in London just after 1900, the 2004 film follows the Scottish author's inspiration for Peter Pan, from the first ideas about the fantasy to the climactic premiere of the original play at the Duke of York's Theatre. Somewhat of a heartbreak story, Finding Neverland has a grown-up perspective about its material (and even quickly addresses the controversy about alleged perversion involving Barrie's love of children) despite a main character whose fantasy so entrances him that the real life aspect holds its own magical, fairy-tale kind of cloudiness. Allowing time for star Johnny Depp to master a Scottish accent and assuring that the film wouldn't overlap in the theatres with 2003's live-action Peter Pan entry, Miramax delayed this film by an entire year, a wise move that aided in the production's mass popularity during the 2004 awards season. Delays in release dates often benefit the composer of the film just as much as any other post-production element, and in this case, the final musical product was realized by stage and film veteran Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. The assignment became the biggest international success of Kaczmarek's career (despite his work on a variety of Hollywood productions in the 2000's), earning him an Academy Award statue and nominations for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. Featuring a story saturated with emotional weight and sentimental fantasy, Finding Neverland would have seemed like a perfect fit for a composer like Rachel Portman or Stephen Warbeck at the time (both prior Oscar winners for fluffy historical drama and romance scores), although Kaczmarek managed to produce a score that very successfully merges the light-hearted styles of those two composers.



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Thank Captain Flav for all the hard work!
asdfghjkl - April 13, 2009, at 5:25 a.m.
1 comment  (2704 views)
piano variation in blue
Lillian - February 17, 2009, at 6:23 p.m.
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Chronological Track Order of Finding Neverland
roonil_wazlib89 - January 24, 2009, at 12:07 a.m.
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Finding Neverland Sheet Music...please
TD - February 8, 2008, at 7:15 a.m.
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Get me the sheet music and I'll sit on your cock!
Jade - February 3, 2008, at 12:54 p.m.
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Variation in Blue music?   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 58:33
• 1. Where is Mr. Barrie? (3:32)
• 2. The Park (1:07)
• 3. Dancing with the Bear (2:03)
• 4. The Kite (1:37)
• 5. The Chess (1:07)
• 6. Neverland - Piano Variation in Blue (4:29)
• 7. The Spoon on the Nose (1:28)
• 8. The Pirates (2:11)
• 9. The Marriage (2:40)
• 10. Children Arrive (3:15)
• 11. Drive to the Cottage (1:04)
• 12. The Peter Pan Overture (1:17)
• 13. Peter (2:20)
• 14. The Park on Piano (5:23)
• 15. The Stairs (2:14)
• 16. Impossible Opening (3:26)
• 17. The Rehearsal (1:20)
• 18. Neverland - Minor Piano Variation (3:39)
• 19. The Play and the Flight (1:21)
• 20. This is Neverland (4:01)
• 21. Why Does She Have to Die? (2:05)
• 22. Another Bear (3:11)
• 23. Forgotten Overture (3:31)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note about the scoring process from the producer of the film.
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