Lincoln [Original Motion Picture Score]

Lincoln [Original Motion Picture Score]

by John Williams [composer]
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Lincoln [Original Motion Picture Score]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2012
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0887254468523
catalogNumber: 544685

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Charlie Bisharat   Fiddle
George Doering   Mandolin
Alan Estes   Percussion
Randy Kerber   Piano
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Daniel Gingrich   Horn
Donald Williams   Percussion
Susan Nigro   Contrabassoon
Chicago Symphony Chorus   Choir, Chorus
David McGill   Bassoon
Steven Roberts   Guitar
Stephen Williamson   Clarinet
Christopher Martin   Trumpet
Jeremy Moeller   Trombone
Carol Cook   Viola
Duain Wolfe   Choir Director
Robert Chen   Violin,Concert Master
Tommy Morgan   Harp
Eric Millstein   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Williams [composer]   Composer,Producer
Jim Taylor   Arranger
Shawn Murphy   Engineering
Steven Spielberg   Liner Notes
Mark Cavell   Licensing
Isabelle Tulliez   Product Development

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Lincoln [Original Motion Picture Score] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tiger84 More than 1 year ago
Lovely music from composer John Williams; it's solemn, stirring, poetic (Great "Battle Cry of Freedom"). Reminds one in places of Aaron Copeland's " Fanfare for the Common Man." As far as movie soundtracks go, it's more like "Dances With Wolves" rather than "Glory." Buy it--you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
markd More than 1 year ago
Beautiful music - people who hear it for the first time always want to know what is playing. Solemn would be too strong as an adjective - thought proving and disarmingly pure say it for me.