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Trevor Jones / Randy Edelman ~ The Last of the Mohicans™ (1992)

"They fought, like brave men, long and well,
They piled that ground with Moslem slain,
They conquered ~ but Bozzaris fell,
Bleeding at every vein.
His few surviving comrades saw
His smile when rang their loud hurrah,
And the red field was won;
Then saw in death his eyelids close
Calmly, as to a night's repose,
Like flowers at set of sun".


Trevor Jones / Randy Edelman
The Last Of The Mohicans™
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Director Michael Mann initially asked Trevor Jones to provide an electronic score for the film, but late in the game, it was decided an orchestral score would be more appropriate for this historic epic. Jones hurried to re-fashion the score for orchestra in the limited time left, while the constant re-cutting of the film meant music cues sometimes had to be rewritten several times to keep up with the new timings. Finally, with the release date looming, composer Randy Edelman was called-in to score some minor scenes which Jones did not have time to do. Jones and Edelman received co-credit on the film (thus making this very popular and acclaimed score ineligible for Oscar consideration).
The main theme of the movie is taken from the tune The Gael by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean.

The Last of the Mohicans (1992 Film) (Motion Picture Score) (Soundtrack)
Randy Edelman, Trevor Jones | Format: Audio CD

Music From The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
Music by Randy Edelman & Trevor Jones
Conducted by Daniel A. Carlin / Randy Edelman
Artist: Randy Edelman, Trevor Jones
Format: Audio CD
, Compilation

Release Year: 1992
Record Label: Morgan Creek
Label: Morgan Creek
Country: US
Genre: Electronic, Stage & Screen, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Old Irish (Ancient Gaelic), Goídel, Scottish Gaelic
Style: Modern Classical, Score
Catalog #: 2959-20015-2

UPC: 7 2959-20015-2 2
© Morgan Creek Records

Track Listing:
1. Main Title  |1:44
2. Elk Hunt  |1:49
3. The Kiss  |2:47
Written by Dougie Maclean (Based On "the Gael")

4. The Glade Part II  |2:34
Written by Daniel Lanois (Based On "orchestral Mohican")

5. Fort Battle  |4:22
6. Promentory  |6:15
Written by Dougie MacLean (Based On "the Gael")

7. Munro's Office/Stockade  |2:30
8. Massacre/Canoes  |6:52
9. Top Of The World  |2:43
10. The Courier  |2:27
11. Cora  |2:30
12. River Walk And Discovery  |5:30
13. Parlay  |3:46
14. The British Arrival  |2:00
15. Pieces Of A Story  |4:58
16. "I Will Find You" (performed by Clannad)  |1:42
Written & Produced by Ciarán Brennan


"The Gael"  |4:14
Written by Dougie MacLean
Aranged and Adapted by Trevor Jones

"The House In Rose Valley"  |4:32
Written & Performed by Phil Cunningham

Playing Time: 63 min.
| DDD | Audio CD | CBR 320 Kbps/48.1 kHz/Stereo |
| File size: 180 mb. | Pass: mohican |

Composers: Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
Conductor: Daniel A. Carlin and Randy Edelman

& here: MedFire!

Artwork by (Package Design) MPM/Virgo Sun Design
Composed by Randy Edelman (tracks: 10 to 15), Trevor Jones (tracks: 1 to 9)
Conductor: Daniel A. Carlin (tracks: 1 to 9)
Contractor (Music Contractor): Sandy DeCrescent
Engineer (Orchestral): Dennis Sands (tracks: 10 to 15)
Engineer (Recording): Dennis Sands (tracks: 1 to 9), John Richards (tracks: 1 to 9), John Whynot (tracks: 1 to 9)
Executive Producer by Michael Mann
Mixed by Elton Ahi
Orchestrated by Bobby Muzingo (tracks: 1 to 9), Brad Dechter (tracks: 1 to 9), Greig McRitchie (tracks: 10 to 15), Guy Dagul (tracks: 1 to 9), Jack Smalley (tracks: 1 to 9)

"I Will Find You"
Written and Produced by Ciarán Brennan
Performed by Clannad
Courtesy of Atlantic Records


"The Gael"
Written by Dougie MacLean
Arranged and adapted by Trevor Jones

The modern English term Gael derives ultimately from the Old Irish (Ancient Gaelic) word Goídel, which was spelled in various ways by Gaelic writers at different times. The modern Gaelic spellings are Gael (Irish) and Gàidheal (Scottish Gaelic).

"The House In Rose Valley"

with album Airs & Graces (1984)
Written and Performed by Phil Cunningham
Courtesy of Greenlinnet Records, Inc.

"The House in Rose Valley" is the wonderful piece we hear briefly––too briefly––when Hawkeye and Uncas are playing lacrosse at the gathering at the Camerons' (after Hawkeye says "You do what you want with your own scalp and do not be tellin' us what we aught to do with ours."). Their faces while they play the game indicate the fun our two heroes are having. Indeed, this is the one time we see them, especially Uncas, really happy and laughing. The camaraderie between the two brothers is obvious. The music has a very Scottish feel, and if you watch carefully, you'll see an abundance of young red-heads in the game, which makes the Scottish influence of this piece even more appropriate. This is their life as it should have been––simple, honest, and carefree, when the white men and the red men could be companions and play games together.

This piece, in spite of having a generally comforting, even happy feeling, is still set in a minor key, in this case E minor. It consists of three different sections (A, B and C sections) all in 3/4 time, repeated over and over. The A section, which is the introduction and closing section, appears to be played by flutes, guitar and various other instruments. It consists of 16 measures in 3/4. The B section and C sections are the only parts we hear in the movie. Both consist of a melody in 16 measures in the count of 3. Each is repeated once, and then the combination of the two is repeated again. The musical pattern then is A, B, B, C, C, B, B, C, C, A (the last A being somewhat a variation of the first A section). (Based on The Cunningham Collection Volume I: The House in Rose Valley by Phil Cunningham, Phil Cunningham/Bracken Music Services, 1995.) The B and C section contain the "Scottish Snap" which also occurs in the "Main Title", that unusual and very Scottish pattern of a short note on the beat followed by a long note, rather than the normal long followed by short note, so appropriate for the LOTM soundtrack.

"The House in Rose Valley" was written by the Scottish musician and composer Phil Cunningham in 1982 and appears on his album Airs & Graces. This piece is played here almost exactly as on the CD (except at the very end), rather than being adapted into another piece, as "The Gael" was. It is interesting that "The House in Rose Valley" existed so many years before it was used in the movie soundtrack. Information for future investigation is HOW it got into the soundtrack (for example, who found it?). In his Volume I of his music, he dedicated this piece to "Prudence, Larry and Rob who made me so welcome at The House in Rose Valley", so clearly there IS a house in Rose Valley. Phil Cunningham has agreed to answer some questions via email and we look forward to his reponses to a number of questions.

Listening to the full version on Cunningham's recording, the simplicity of theme and the fact that the whole piece consists of only that theme repeated over and over is a marvelous reflection of the time period––life was more straightforward than our own, not hectic and complicated as we know it today. It is hard to detect this point from the short part we hear in the movie, which is one good reason to purchase the original recording.

Battle Scene

Engineers include: John Richards John Whynot, Dennis Sands.A rare pairing of A-list Hollywood composers, The Last of the Mohicans teams Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, who replaced the former midway through production. The resulting score suffers from the schizophrenia one would expect given its abrupt creative shift, but proves greater than the sum of its parts thanks to a series of impressively epic orchestral themes. Jones' opening main theme is the most effective music here, capturing the mystery and primal wonder of James Fennimore Cooper's frontier milieu in ravishing detail. While he wisely relegates synthesizers to the background, Edelman vaults his electronics front and center, and his glossy modern sensibilities are a poor fit with the subject matter. Last of the Mohicans nevertheless proved a bestseller, buoyed largely by the inclusion of Clannad's mystical love theme "I Will Find You," although some listeners will find its new age feel-goodery a little much to swallow.

Original issue of the motion picture soundtrack for the film directed by Michael Mann.
℗ & © Morgan Creek Music Group.
Manufactured and marketed by Morgan Creek Records.

"...I lived to see the last warrior of the wise race of the Mohicans"

© 1992 Morgan Creek Records. All Rights Reserved.

P. S.:

James Fenimore Cooper (September 15, 1789 – September 14, 1851)

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans
The Book:

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