Soundtrack Review: L’araucana

Soundtrack Review: L’araucana

L’araucana Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score L’araucana by Carlo Savina.

At a glance:

40 tracks
39 minutes of score
Geek Score: 83.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 11.7
Album Excellence: 30%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

L’araucana AKA Massacre Of The Gods AKA The Conquest Of Chile is a 1971 Italo-Spanish-Chilean drama directed by Julio Coll and starring Elsa Martinelli, Venantino Venantini and Victor Alcazar. The score is composed by Carlo Savina.

It opens with ‘L’araucana’ the title cue and it’s a very dramatic opening cue, militaristic percussion and horns, lots of horns. At 36 seconds in it sounds like we’re in a famous Spaghetti Western movie where it sounds so familiar. You know the ones I talk about. Contrasting the opening which is more of a violent drama of war. I love the Spaghetti Western genre so that just pushed the cue up for me. ‘Conquistadores March’ is as the cue describes, a march. Love those trumpets, that gives it a proper heroic feel, and again a western feel to the cue. ‘Cuzco 1540’ is a more calm cue, with a sort of South American twist on it with that lone flute. The second part of the cue has a long percussion sequence getting stronger and stronger while a rattle snake sound is heard in between. I got to say, I love the sound of this score. It’s a nice mix of mystery, action, drama and ethnicity. My favourite parts so far though has been the obvious nods to the Spaghetti Western genres like ‘En Marcha’. L’araucana also has a love theme which is heard in ‘First Kiss’, a lovely but short Mexicana inspired love theme. It is reprised in ‘Mi Coya’ which sounds even more haunting.

It has to be said though, most cues are mood setting cues, the ones that perhaps scar you or makes you think of a particular setting or scene, but they are always interesting and sound so good such as ‘Submission’ which is a percussion based cue with a large string finale. The more lyrical cues like ‘Inez and Pedro’ is thus sounding even better in contrast. My favourite parts of the score is the Don Pedro cues, ‘Don Pedro’s Trial’, ‘Don Pedro De Valdivia – I’, ‘Don Pedro De Valdivia – II’ and ‘Don Pedro Remembers’ because they have such a classic beauty to them. It brings back the classic golden age soft and smooth scoring, almost like a South American jazz-inspired moment. There’s a fantastic “epic” moment in the score as well. ‘Santiago Del Nuevo Extremo’ is starting off like a fanfare, but it turns out to be awesome and epic at the same time. The final cue ‘Finale’ also sounds epic and has that classic Spaghetti Western vibe which I love.

L’araucana is a really good score, and not just the lyrical (and epic) parts. The non-lyrical parts appeal to me. The suspense cues that keeps me going, thinking about what scenes and settings this music belongs to. I’m thinking a desert with the heat of the blinding sun, I’m thinking bloody wars as well. The mood it creates is great, but if I’m completely honest, it’s the lyrical moments that is giving me most joy. All things considered, it’s a highly interesting and a very good score.

1. L’araucana
2. Conquistadores March
5. En Marcha
11. First Kiss
15. Inez and Pedro
16. Mi Coya
23. Court Rumours
26. Chained To The Wall
28. Don Pedro’s Trial
29. Don Pedro De Valdivia – I
30. Don Pedro De Valdivia – II
31. Don Pedro Remembers
37. Santiago Del Nuevo Extremo
40. Finale

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: L'araucana, 4.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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