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Dignity (Les Pirogues des Hautes Terre)


Composer: Éric Neveux
MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Available 02 April 2013

MovieScore Media releases Éric Neveux score for Dignity, a television movie known in France as Les Pirogues des Hautes Terres. The historic film tells the story of the rail workers strike in Senegal in 1947 that marked the start of the decolonisation, a very dramatic event that gets an emotionally charged and musically interesting accompaniment. Orchestral colours are mixed with traditional African instrumentation...

Éric Neveux, who is also known for his scores for TV series Borgia and Un Village Francais as well as theatrical features Intimacy and Just Like a Woman, has written a strong orchestral score for Dignity (known in it's native France as Les Pirogues des Hautes Terres). The album contains 15 tracks and lasts for 31 min, 47 sec.

The album opens with 'Dignity (Opening Title)' which reminded me, in tone, of David Arnold and Michael Price's main theme for the BBC's recent Sherlock TV series. And the flute based opening of 'Narsen's Delusions' brought to mind the work of John Barry.

MovieScore media have released Neveux's scores for Hideaways and Flight of the Storks in the past and Dignity represents a much more polished work. This is a beautiful score that is well worth seeking out.


Darren Rea

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