Fargo/Barton Fink

Fargo/Barton Fink

by Carter Burwell
     
 

Carter Burwell's darkly mysterious orchestrations play a significant stylistic role in both Barton Fink and Fargo, two of the best films from acclaimed independent filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, particularly in light of the oft-violent content of the Coens' stories: violence can of course be laughable when the characters are too goofy to be believed,…  See more details below

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Carter Burwell's darkly mysterious orchestrations play a significant stylistic role in both Barton Fink and Fargo, two of the best films from acclaimed independent filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, particularly in light of the oft-violent content of the Coens' stories: violence can of course be laughable when the characters are too goofy to be believed, and tragic when the characters are too believable to be goofy, but the Coen brothers' creations are somewhere in between. They strike a precarious balance between a broadly comic Beckett-esque absurdism and a more straightforward, three-dimensional naturalism. Consequently, Burwell's grave, sweeping scores are a crucial reassurance that the Coens are not taking their characters' personal tragedies less seriously than are their audiences. Most of the tracks on this CD are from Fargo, reprising the heartbreakingly elegiac theme several times over (in orchestral versions and in sparse violin arrangements that echo the folk music indigenous to the snow-swept northern territories of the film). The Barton Fink tracks feature similarly foreboding strings, but like the movie itself, the music is more experimental and offbeat than Fargo. Burwell incorporates detuned pianos, tapping typewriters, and running water into the score. Music shoppers should be forewarned that Burwell has not written extended cues for the CD, so the music often begins and ends haltingly in 30-second increments.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/1996
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581801028
catalogNumber:
8010

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Tracks

  1. Fargo, North Dakota  -  Orchestra
  2. Moose Lake  -  Orchestra
  3. A Lot of Woe  -  Orchestra
  4. Forced Entry  -  Orchestra
  5. The Ozone  -  Orchestra
  6. The Trooper's End  -  Orchestra
  7. Chewing on It  -  Orchestra
  8. Rubber Necking  -  Orchestra
  9. Dance of the Sierra  -  Orchestra
  10. The Mallard  -  Orchestra
  11. Delivery  -  Orchestra
  12. Bismark, North Dakota  -  Orchestra
  13. Paul Bunyan  -  Orchestra
  14. The Eager Beaver  -  Orchestra
  15. Brainerd, Minnesota  -  Orchestra
  16. Safe Keeping  -  Orchestra
  17. Fade In  -  Orchestra
  18. Big Shoes  -  Orchestra
  19. Love Theme from Barton Fink  -  Orchestra
  20. Barton in Shock  -  Orchestra
  21. Typing Montage  -  Orchestra
  22. The Box  -  Orchestra
  23. Barton in Flames  -  Orchestra
  24. Fade Out -- The End  -  Orchestra

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