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True Grit [Original Soundtrack]

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>Burwell, Carter : True Grit, film score

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>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

REVIEWS:

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