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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597977516
  • Catalog Number: 526752
  • Sales rank: 73,613

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carter Burwell Primary Artist, Conductor
Jim Beard Piano
Steve Williamson Clarinet
Jeff Carney Bass
Karen Dreyfus Viola
Gordon Gottlieb Percussion
Jerry Grossman Cello
Joyce Hammann Violin
Karen Karlsrud Violin
David Krauss Trumpet
Nancy McAlhany Violin
Yurika Mok Violin
Bruce Wang Cello
Mary Wooten Cello
Nadine Asin Flute
Victoria Drake Harp
Ragga Petursdottir Violin
Martin Wind Bass
Roberta Cooper Cello
Marji Danilow Bass
Marc Goldberg Bassoon
Maureen McDermott Cello
Conway Kuo Violin
Pitnarry Shin Cello
Daniel Panner Viola
Ellen Payne Violin
Pedro Díaz Oboe
Javier Gandara Horn
Richard Dallessio Oboe
Danielle Farina Viola
Kurt Muroki Bass
Misa Iwama Violin
Shmuel Katz Viola
Demian Austin Trombone
Ming Hsin Violin
Melissa Meell Cello
Pico Alt Violin
Christof Huebner Viola
Emily Popham Violin
Anne Scharer Horn
Jennifer Kim Violin
Mike Davis Trombone
Michael Roth Viola
Alan Stepansky Cello
Dean LeBlanc Clarinet
Harry Searing Bassoon
Todd Phillips Violin
Michelle Baker Horn
Nate Robinson Violin
Alissa Smith Viola
Kyle Turner Tuba
Diva Goodfriend-Koven Flute
Ken De Carlo Trumpet
Liz Lim-Dutton Violin
Ben Herman Percussion
Tom Carney Violin
Saeka Matsuyama Violin
Calvin Wiersma Viola
Sophia Kessinger Violin
Nicholas Walker Bass
Paul Pollard Trombone
Joanna Maurer Violin
Erik Charlston Percussion
Shawn Conley Bass
Matt Lehmann Violin
Jim Ross Trumpet
Barbara Currie Horn
Peter Bahng Violin
Technical Credits
Carter Burwell Composer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Sonny Kompanek Orchestration
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
Lawrence Manchester Engineer
Dean Parker Composer's Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

    highly Recommend

    Music is clean, and reflects the period in which the film took place. Nice to hear some origionality with a flare of an old time gospel piece.

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