Palestine (Opening Titles) - Mario Millo - The Lighthorsemen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Dragons Domain Records - DDR608 • Format: CD Album, Limited Edition, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack, Score
The movie culminates with an extraordinary depiction of the Battle of Beersheba, which has since come to be regarded as one of the greatest mounted infantry charges in history, and one of the finest moments of Australian military success.
The score for The Lighthorsemen is by the great but grossly overlooked Australian composer Mario Millo. Having originally been a member of the successful Australian prog-rock band Sebastian Hardie in the s, Millo emerged as a film composer at the same time as several contemporaries, all of whom took advantage of the success of the Australian New Wave cinematic movement. This is a real shame, because his work on The Lighthorsemen shows him to be a composer who is genuinely capable of great things.
There are two main themes running through the score, both of which relate to the Lighthorsemen, but which seek to convey slightly different emotional concepts. The whole thing has a definite John Williams, Indiana Jones-esque vibe to it, in terms of the arrangements, the tone, and the orchestration.
There is some especially wonderful writing for Intro - Organ Thief - Orphan Teeth (File, Album) and woodwinds here, with a recognizable recurring rhythmic figure at its core.
Meanwhile, the Action theme — as one would expect — tends to appear in the more intense action sequences, often providing a strong and forthright rhythmic undercurrent to the fights and battles. To keep the score fresh, Millo often tempers it with moments of solemn reflection, and even some hesitant romance, to remind listeners of what the Lighthorsemen are fighting for, and what they have waiting for them when — or if — they should make it back to their home.
Instead of celebrating and glorifying violence, Millo scores the tension of the combatants; it begins with a sense of eerie calm, filled with ominous string drones, piano chords, and high woodwinds.
The main action sequence is Palestine (Opening Titles) - Mario Millo - The Lighthorsemen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) , but urgent, like an elevated heartbeat; Millo makes heavy use of snares and other war-like percussion items, stabbing ostinatos, and performances of the Adventure theme on both low purposeful strings, and brass.
Some of the colors he uses are vivid, especially in the percussion section, which features more xylophones and multiple gong crashes. A timpani drum roll and a cymbal clash ushers in the warm, sweeping final statement of the Adventure theme, bringing the score to a rousing close. The soundtrack for The Lighthorsemen was released Palestine (Opening Titles) - Mario Millo - The Lighthorsemen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) vinyl LP at the time the film was released, and then came out on a CD in from the Australian label 1M1 Records, but it quickly went out of print internationally and within several years was an incredibly rare and high-priced collectible.
Although The Lighthorsemen is likely to be an incredibly obscure film to most American readers, and although Mario Millo is likely to be a composer that most people have never heard of, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The Lighthorsemen was written at a time when war Confutatis - Giuseppe Verdi - Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Nicolai Ghiaurov, L were still being scored with broad orchestral strokes, with strong main themes, and with an emotional integrity that allowed the viewers and listeners to empathize with the protagonists as they go from eager young bucks thirsty for adventure, to battle-weary veterans longing to return home.
Music composed by Mario Millo. Conducted by William Motzing. Performed by The Victoria Philharmonic Orchestra. Orchestrations by Mario Millo. Recorded and mixed by Roger Savage. Score produced by Mario Millo. Album produced by Ford A. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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