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JAMES HORNER FILM MUSIC | November 29, 2023 |

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  • 1.  	Elora Danan (09:45) 2.  	Escape From the Tavern (05:04) 3.  	Canyon Of Mazes (07:52) 4.  	Tir Asleen (10:47) 5.  	Willow's Theme (03:54) 6.  	Willow's Journey Begins (05:26) 7.  	Bavmorda's Spell is Cast (18:11) 8.  	Willow the Sorcerer (11:56)

  • Recording dates: 25-28 january and 2,3,5,6,9,12 february 1988

    Music editor: Jim Henrikson
    Ethnic woodwinds: Tony Hinnigan, Mike Taylor
    Shakuhachi: Kazu Matsui
    Orchestrator: Greig McRitchie
    Score mixer: Shawn Murphy
    Fairlight synthesizer: Ian Underwood
    Celtic harp and bagpipes: Robin Williamson





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