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Little Women
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Performed by:
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Sony Classical
(January 10th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you desire one of Thomas Newman's most readily accessible orchestral works, consistent in its pastoral definition of Americana and its use of metallic percussion to create a convincing wintertime environment.

Avoid it... if you appreciate Newman's career instead for his exotic choices of rhythm and instrumentation, both of which are largely absent from this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #681
WRITTEN 8/16/03, REVISED 9/20/08
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Little Women: (Thomas Newman) Of the several adaptations of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel to the screen, the 1994 version by Gillian Armstrong is likely the strongest, nominated for three Academy Awards and gaining respect for its well-rounded cast performance. The story is familiar to the period romances and dramas of the British from roughly the same era, but set here 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, making the film into a character study of not only the outsiders who seek to 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, and despite its strong cinematography and other technical elements, it gained little traction with wider audiences (in other words: groaning men). The film represented half of composer Thomas Newman's strong tandem of Oscar-nominated scores from 1994, catapulting him into the mainstream after a series of lesser known projects. His music for both Little Women and The Shawshank Redemption merge Newman's talents of unique instrumentation and rhythms with his grand orchestral sensibilities, and it's the style of the latter sound that largely defined the composer's works of the mid-1990's. As Newman transformed his career into one of more minimal experimentation and genre crossover efforts, many of his collectors look back fondly at 1994 as perhaps the year of the composer's greatest achievements. Most such fans agree that The Shawshank Redemption is the superior score when directly comparing the two, though Little Women also has its share of attractive attributes. Among the highlights of this score are the melodic passages robustly performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the occasionally jaunty rhythms that propel the exuberant atmosphere of the film, and the light tones of musicians with mallets, who produce a distinctly spine-tingling musical representation of the seasons of autumn and winter. The score maintains a pleasant tone from start to finish, exuding just enough classicism to suffice as credible without becoming dense. In fact, the score offers some of the most lyrical material to ever come from the composer.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 37:24
• 1. Orchard House (Main Title) (3:28)
• 2. Meg's Hair (0:46)
• 3. Snowplay (0:47)
• 4. Scarlet Fever (1:10)
• 5. Ashes (0:43)
• 6. Spring (0:58)
• 7. Layette's Welcome - composed by Frank Johnson (1:03)
• 8. A Telegram (0:45)
• 9. Two Couples (1:33)
• 10. Burdens (1:58)
• 11. New York (2:16)
• 12. Harvest Time (1:26)
• 13. Maria Redowa - composed by Gaetano Donizetti (1:22)
• 14. Letter from Jo (1:17)
• 15. Amy Abroad (1:05)
• 16. Limes (0:35)
• 17. Beth's Secret (2:08)
• 18. For the Beauty of the Earth - composed by Conrad Kocher (0:25)
• 19. Little Women (1:21)
• 20. Learning to Forget (2:21)
• 21. Valley of the Shadow (2:10)
• 22. Port Royal Gallop - composed by Claudio Grafulla (0:56)
• 23. Domestic Experiences (0:52)
• 24. The Laurence Boy (0:38)
• 25. Lovelornity (1:22)
• 26. Under the Umbrella (End Title) (3:41)

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