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True Grit [Original Soundtrack]

Album Summary

>Burwell, Carter : True Grit, film score
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Notes & Reviews:

Carter Burwell's score for Joel & Ethan Coen's cinematic version of Charles Portis' novel True Grit (they consciously decided to ignore the original Oscar-winning film because they considered it a bore) is rooted in the world view of its main character, the outrageously self-righteous Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld). Burwell used classic Protestant hymns as inspirations; in some cases bits from the classic hymns themselves -- "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand" (by Franklin L. Eiland), "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (by Charles Converse), "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" (by Elisha A. Hoffman & Anthony J. Showalter), "Talk About Suffering" (Traditional), and "The Glory-Land Way" (by J.S. Torbett) -- for his cues. These pieces in particular, from the opening theme, "The Wicked Flee," "A Methodist and a Son of a Bitch," and "I Will Carry You," all begin simply, lyrically, almost reverentially before giving way to grander pieces of music that reflect the land and history. More dramatic cues, from the brooding "The Turkey Shoot" and the intense bombast of the orchestra and snare drum corps in "Taken Hostage," to the taut, suffocatingly close drama in "Snake Pit" that transforms itself into something far more pastoral, are very effective not only as narrative cinematic devices, but as music that tells its own story by its evocation and equivocation with Americana. Of the 14 collaborations between the Coens and Burwell, this is among the most unique and satisfying for its enfolding of historic music into modern composition. [Digital downloads of the recording from Nonesuch's online store include a bonus track: Iris DeMent singing "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," which plays during the film's closing credits.] ~ Thom Jurek


Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a pleasant opening theme on piano...beautifully produced..."


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>Burwell, Carter : True Grit, film score
  • Performers: Conway Kuo (Violin); Danielle Farina (Viola); Mary Wooten (Cello); Bruce Wang (Cello); Marc Goldberg (Bassoon); Alan Stepansky (Cello); Calvin Wiersma (Viola); Gordon Gottlieb (Percussion); Joyce Hammann (Violin); Jerry Grossman (Cello); Karen Dreyfus (Viola); Sophia Kessinger (Violin); Jim Beard (Piano); David Krauss (Trumpet); Victoria Drake (Harp); Daniel Panner (Viola); Demian Austin (Trombone); Anne Scharer (Horn); Ken Carlo (Trumpet); Christof Huebner (Viola); Paul Pollard (Trombone); Richard Dallessio (Oboe); Pico Alt (Violin); Pitnarry Shin (Cello); Pedro Díaz (Oboe); Maureen McDermott (Cello); Jennifer Kim (Violin); Ming Hsin (Violin); Jim Ross (Trumpet); Michael Roth (Viola); Diva Goodfriend-Koven (Flute); Kyle Turner (Tuba); Alissa Smith (Viola); Nate Robinson (Violin); Michelle Baker (Horn); Joanna Maurer (Violin); Harry Searing (Bassoon); Shmuel Katz (Viola); Peter Bahng (Violin); Matt Lehmann (Violin); Erik Charlston (Percussion); Dean LeBlanc (Clarinet); Steve Williamson (Clarinet); Carter Burwell (Piano); Ellen Payne (Violin); Todd Phillips (Violin); Ben Herman (Percussion); Karen Karlsrud (Violin); Roberta Cooper (Cello); Javier Gandara (Horn); Liz Lim-Dutton (Violin); Yurika Mok (Violin); Saeka Matsuyama (Violin); Tom Carney (Violin); Barbara Currie (Horn); Melissa Meell (Cello); Ragga Petursdottir (Violin); Nancy McAlhany (Violin); Mike Davis (Trombone); Emily Popham (Violin); Nadine Asin (Flute); Misa Iwama (Violin)
  • Conductor: Carter Burwell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score