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John Williams (Film Composer): Lincoln [Original Motion Picture Score]

Track List

>Lincoln: The People's House
>Lincoln: The Purpose of the Amendment
>Lincoln: Getting Out the Vote
>Lincoln: The American Process
>Lincoln: The Blue and Grey
>Lincoln: With Malice Toward None
>Lincoln: Call to Muster, and Battle Cry of Freedom
>Lincoln: The Southern Delegation, and the Dream
>Lincoln: Father and Son
>Lincoln: The Race to the House
>Lincoln: Equality Under The Law
>Lincoln: Freedom's Call
>Lincoln: Elegy
>Lincoln: Remembering Willie
>Lincoln: Appomattox, April 9, 1865
>Lincoln: The Petersen House, and Finale
>Lincoln: With Malice Toward None (Piano Solo)

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Shawn Murphy.

Liner Note Author: Steven Spielberg .

Recording information: Symphony Center, Chicago, IL.

Director Steven Spielberg's 2012 Lincoln biopic eschewed the genre's usual trappings by focusing on a single month in the extraordinary life of the 16th president of the United States. Bereft of the weight of depicting a lifetime, he was able to play small ball with a big moment, something that his longtime composer counterpart John Williams does as well with his remarkably subtle score. Opening with a wistful, lovely clarinet cue, Williams sets the stage for what is essentially a cornucopia of measured yet soul-stirring, Aaron Copland/Randy Newman-imbued Americana that is delivered with the patience and grace of a true master. The score does away with much of the bombastic sentimentality that plagued the pair's prior outing, 2011's War Horse, but it does retain much of its heart, delivering melodies that elicit great sighs of nostalgia, melancholy, and stoic optimism, smelling of parchment and tobacco, and sounding for all the world like amber waves of grain. ~ James Christopher Monger


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