this is # 16 in the ongoing Saturday Soundtrack series
The Mission (1986)
Original soundtrack from the motion picture, composed by Ennio Morricone, play time of 48:31, and 19 tracks (cues)
Ennio Morricone is certainly a recognizable name to those of us who listen to film music, and if you’re a very casual listener of this music probably all I have to do is remind you that he wrote the memorable music for the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It has been said by some, and I concur, that those films would not have been nearly as good without Morricone’s inspired compositions. The man – his music – is a legend in film music circles, writing music since 1959.
The music for this 1986 film is one of his greater commercial successes, and it’s a good one. That said, there are some cues here that are wonderful and others I skip while listening to the CD because I think they distract from the whole. One cue, “Gabriel’s Oboe” may be instantly recognizable to even non-film music listeners.
So if it’s not all completely wonderful why am I doing a Saturday Soundtrack on it? Because what is good here is very good indeed. This may be a soundtrack to preview on a download site and pick the cues you want. For me, the CD is in hand and I play it fairly often. You probably will too.
Track list of The Mission CD: 1. On Earth As It Is In Heaven 2. Falls 3. The Mission – Gabriel’s Oboe 4. Ave Maria Guarani 5. Brothers 6. Carlotta 7. Vita Nostra 8. Climb 9. Remorse 10. Penance 11. The Mission 12. River 13. Gabriel’s Oboe 14. Te Deum Guarani 15. Refusal 16. Asuncion 17. Alone 18. Guarani 19. The Sword