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The Battle of the Somme

by Laura Rossi

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Alec Johnson
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Alec Johnson My wife Kathy and I visited the battlefields of the Somme in July of this year to commemorate the death of her great uncle Jim at Mametz 100 years ago. This music encapsulates not only the horrors of what it must have been like in July 1916, but also the sadness and beauty of the Somme battlefield memorials today.
I hope there sacrifice will never been forgotten.
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    This recording is my orchestral soundtrack to the newly remastered DVD The Battle of the Somme. The CD package features extracts from the diary of my Great Uncle Fred Ainge who was a stretcher-bearer from the 29th Division as well as an interview and a photo montage of my research trips to the Somme.

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Part 1 16:17
Part 2 11:00
Part 3 13:31
Part 4 10:35
Part 5 16:01


This battle was the first British Offensive of the First World War to which cameramen were given access in order to film the front-line action as it took place. The resulting 80-minute film, shot by G.H. Mailins and J.B. McDowell and released in Britain in 1916, made an enormous impression on the public and was seen by at least half the population. In recognition of the film's importance as a documentary record, The Battle of the Somme has recently been inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World register and re-released on DVD.

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released November 3, 2008

Music composed and orchestrated by Laura Rossi
Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Nic Raine
Produced by Laura Rossi
Recorded at All Saints Church, London
Engineered by Jonathan Allen
Mixed at Abbey Road Studios, London


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Laura Rossi London, UK

I'm a composer and write music for film and TV.

Film: London to Brighton, The Cottage, The Firm, Song for Marion, Learning To Breathe.

Silent Films: Silent Shakespeare, The Battle of the Somme, Jane Shore.

TV: The Eichmann Show, Prisoners' Wives
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