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Lover's Prayer
(2000)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Jonathan Allen
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 29th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're tired of typical period scores and seek an extremely intelligent entry that uses devious instrumental layering to elevate itself over the rest of the genre.

Avoid it... if any hint of classical influence in your scores reduces the "coolness" factor too far to compensate for an otherwise elegant maturation of Joel McNeely's John Williams-like sensibilities.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,308
WRITTEN 2/21/01, REVISED 11/10/07
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Lover's Prayer: (Joel McNeely) Of the many reasons that contributed to this film's failure, one of the more interesting accusations from a critic pointed to the simple fact that British filmmakers who churn out their period melodramas with such zeal shouldn't attempt to understand and thus re-create the deeper meanings behind similar stories that originate in Russia. Based on Ivan Turgenev's "First Love," the 2000 film Lover's Prayer, alternately known as All Forgotten, places Kirsten Dunst in the position of Russian aristocracy in the 1800's and, not surprisingly, as the target of many affections from suitors. The film follows the attempts of a nerdy neighbor of hers to gain her attention, only for the young twit to discover that she's already carrying on an affair with his own father. The tragedy of love in Lover's Prayer tries to cover topics of class, manipulation, suitors, lust, deception, and all the typically wonderful plots that extend from those basic elements. The film missed the mark so badly, however, that it didn't even make a dent in the American arthouse community. As usual, that didn't stop composer Joel McNeely from writing his heart out for Lover's Prayer. You have to love a composer who tries so hard even when faced with scoring total trash, and the period from 1998 to 2000 was filled with such projects for McNeely. Still trying to live up to his initial billing as "the next John Williams," McNeely toiled with awful films during this period, often producing music that far exceeded the quality of those movies. Lover's Prayer is yet another entry in this string of scores. His experience with the composition of period music was already well documented at the time, with significant praise aimed at his television score for the Sally Hemmings television film just prior to the album release of Lover's Prayer. While McNeely had dabbled with classically intimate film scores in the past (introducing this style in Samantha in the early 1990's), Lover's Prayer would prove to be a far more vibrant and engaging experience. Several years later, it is still regarded as one of his most intelligent scores.



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Average: 3.13 Stars
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Beautiful melody
Sheridan - December 1, 2006, at 10:50 a.m.
1 comment  (1444 views)
nobody noticed this score?
nyze aziz - June 6, 2004, at 11:05 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:48
• 1. Main Title (4:18)
• 2. Reunion (3:23)
• 3. We Shall Be Friends (4:06)
• 4. The Pheasant (1:28)
• 5. Suitor's Dance (1:55)
• 6. Denis and Mashenka (2:06)
• 7. Death and the Maiden (3:30)
• 8. Jealousy (3:08)
• 9. The Pond (3:14)
• 10. Goodbye (3:01)
• 11. Zanaida Again (2:42)
• 12. Redemption, Retribution (3:00)
• 13. End Credit (3:03)
• 14. Nocturne (4:47)

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