Production Company: 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Aldrich Group, Optional Pictures
Distributors: 20th Century Fox & 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date (USA): 17 December 2004

Director: John Moore
Screenplay: Scott Frank & Edward Burns
Based on the 1965 Screenplay by Lukas Heller

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Additional Music by Buck Sanders
Orchestra Conducted by Marco Beltrami & Pete Anthony
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony & Hollywood Film Chorale
Featured Vocal Soloist Petra Haden
Orchestrated by Pete Anthony, Bill Boston, Jon Kull, Carlos Rodriguez, Marcus Trumpp & Ceiri Torjussen
Recorded and Mixed by John Kurlander
Recorded at The Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Engineers Bill Talbott & John Rodd
Music Editor Bill Abbott & Jeff Carson
Orchestra Contracted by Sandy DeCrescent
Choir Contracted by Sally Stevens
Music Preparation JoAnn Kane Music Services

Music Produced by Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders

Synopsis: A group of air crash survivors are stranded in the Mongolian desert with no chance of rescue. Facing a brutal environment, dwindling resources, and an attack by desert smugglers, they realize their only hope is doing the impossible... building a new plane from the wreckage of the old one.


I was really excited about scoring this. He (John Moore) told me that he was having trouble temping this film because he couldn't find any music in the film anthology that would work for it. He really made me feel he really wanted something different. He wanted a score with elements of Penderecki in it. I wasn't influenced directly by Penderecki - it was lingering more in the back of my head for a good part of the movie. It doesn't always work as a direct translation, but the theory of Penderecki works a lot better. The theory of Penderecki, if applied in other cues, in little gestures, here and there, works, but using this as a complete cue by itself just doesn't work. Petra Haden is really easy to work with, has a lot of great ideas, and is very musical. On this film it was a great collaboration because if the story takes place in the desert, it should have an Arabic type of Middle Eastern flair to the voice. I didn't want to do something with a traditional Persian singer because all of a sudden it can go into the realm of cliché. I thought it would be a lot fun to take someone who doesn't sing in this style and just pretend. That's what Petra did and it turned out well. There are no lyrics here, just some melodic notation and a lot of time she just went off and improvised creating her own articulations. She performed on quite a few cues including Elliot, Frank's Plea and Heat Dream.

FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX: Recording Sessions
The Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox Studios


V A R E S E   S A R A B A N D E  (VSD-6628)

01. Elliot (3:08)
02. Approaching Storm (3:20)
03. Desert Funeral (1:27)
04. Frank´s Plea (2:41)
05. Electrical Storm (1:16)
06. They Can Deal (0:59)
07. Night One (2:36)
08. Heat Dream (4:22)
09. Elliot Counts on Runway (0:51)
10. Nomad´s Alive (3:22)
11. Model Citizen (3:12)
12. Man Missing (1:16)
13. Heat Stroke (1:36)
14. Men Hugging (1:29)
15. Dangers of the Desert (1:26)
16. Day Labor (1:32)
17. Wing Crash (1:15)
18. Nomad Surprise (3:04) PDF
19. Homeward (1:25)

Release date: 7 December 2004
Total Time: 40:07
Length of the Score: 112 minutes


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