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The Ten Commandments - Original Score - Limited Edition - Elmer Bernstein

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No director personified the epic spirit of Hollywood more than Cecil B. DeMille, and no score recreates the emotional ambience of this spectacular filmmaking era better than Elmer Bernstein's music for The Ten Commandments (1956). Tracing the life of Moses (Charlton Heston) from birth and abandonment through enslavement until he reaches his God-ordained destiny as the leader of Israel's children, DeMille's picture benefits strongly from Bernstein's seemingly limitless ability to create inspired melodies. The director loved Richard Wagner's leitmotif concept--the system of assigning themes and motifs for different characters and narrative events--and instructed the composer to use it as a storytelling device. Whether it is the noble theme for Moses, a lush offering for Queen Nefretiri (Anne Baxter), the exotic, dance-oriented source material, or a stunning description of the final exodus - not to mention the parting of the Red Sea - the power of Bernstein's full-blooded, symphonic music cannot be oversold. This Hallmark disc, a re-recording prepared by the composer in 1960, offers 60 minutes worth of unforgettable highlights.

Track Listing
1 Overture Act 1
2 Nefretiri
3 Court Dance
4 Sephora
5 The Burning Bush
6 Overture Act II
7 The Exodus
8 Dance Of Jethro's Daughters
9 The Red Sea
10 Finale