Breaking Dawn Score
Just got off the phone with Bill. He and Carter finished scoring at Abbey Road Studios today and Carter has rocked — the score AGAIN: his third TWILIGHT score for those counting, fourth score for Bill. Bill is in love with it. They had 70 musicians playing away on Sunday. MyAnna has also been hanging out, so that’s been fun.
According to Soundtracks Examiner Mark Morton, the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 by Carter Burwell is number one in the Top Ten Best Film Scores/Soundtracks of 2011.
1. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1, composed by Carter Burwell (Atlantic)
Go ahead, call me a sellout. But I don’t think Carter Burwell has ever been given his due for his enormous contributions to film music. And the man continues to plow forward as one of the most creative minds in compositional minimalism as well as full-bodied orchestration. While he was probably disqualified for nomination at this year’s Academy Awards for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 because it was anchored heavily to the original Twilight score, his work was no less remarkable. I would go so far as to say that it was actually better than the original, given that, although he laid the original template for the Twilight sound, he was coming back into the fold on the heels of critical heavyweights Alexandre Desplat (with whom the Academy also bears an unspoken beef) and Howard Shore. Burwell fearlessly picked up the baton and ran with it, giving us a romantic score easily on par with Nino Rota’s Romeo & Juliet (which was also unceremoniously snubbed by the Academy in 1969).
To see the rest of the top ten best film scores and soundtracks go Soundtracks Examiner.
Couldn’t agree more!
Thank you Mark!13 Comments
The incredible score for Breaking Dawn Part 1 is finally available from both Amazon and !
Previously it was download-only, but now you can get the CD. Carter Burwell is back as composer, and the track listing includes:
- 1. The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies
- 2. Cold Feet
- 3. What You See in the Mirror
- 4. Wedding Nightmare
- 5. Wolves on the Beach
- 6. Goodbyes
- 7. A Nova Vida
- 8. The Threshold
- 9. Pregnant
- 10. Morte
- 11. Honeymoon in Eclipse
- 12. A Wolf Stands Up
- 13. Two Man Pack
- 14. Don’t Choose That
- 15. O Negative
- 16. Hearing the Baby
- 17. Playing Wolves
- 18. Let’s Start with Forever
- 19. It’s Renesmee
- 20. The Venom
- 21. Hearts Failing Listen
- 22. Biting Listen
- 23. Jacob Imprints Listen
- 24. You Kill Her You Kill Me Listen
- 25. Bella Reborn – Carter Burwell
This marks the second high-profile Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 must-have in stores today–the offiicial guide was released as well!
So, something that would give any director pause would be the fact you’re the fourth director these actors have worked with. In TV, where directors come and go, you always hear the actor saying, ‘Eh, the director just tells me where to stand. I know the character.’ How open were the actors to actually taking more direction than you’d expect?
Well, I don’t know about more, but certainly exploring with me and they were incredibly open. Y’know, I keep calling this ‘Twilight grows up,’ but in a way it is. All of the characters take tremendous steps in this story and that’s part of what turned me on to the material, to collaborate with Kristen Stewart as she goes from being the Bella we know in the first three movies to being a bride, being someone who finally has sex, gets pregnant, gets sick, gives birth, dies, become a vampire, becomes a warrior? Just think of that journey. I guess for none of them it was just playing the same old thing. Jacob becomes a man in this movie. He moves away from being the third leg in a triangle and breaks free of that and his background and his family and his pack and becomes his own person. So, that was a journey all the actors were eager and open to collaborate on.
Was there any actor who surprised you?
I think people will be surprised by everybody. In general, Kristen has such a huge journey to take and to watch her become this fierce, protective, powerful mother figure? I think that will surprise people. Taylor surprised me with his commitment and the dark places he goes to in this movie. And Rob, I think there is some sense that he has relaxed into this part and finally willing to show more of himself. His own charm, wit and grace are in evidence in this movie. It surprised me in how relaxed he seemed in something he’s fought a little against before.
You mention you think of this as ‘Twilight grows up’ because of the events that take place in the film. Is there anything you did with the vampires or werewolves that reflects this as well? Are they more sinister or fearful?
I think certainly that really comes into play in the second movie. These movies so far have mostly dealt with these vegetarians who don’t attack humans except for some of the newborns in the last movie and some of the people in the first couple, but here it’s a collection from around the world of vampires with specific gifts. So, I think yes, there was a sense of maybe seeing a darker side of them. And I also think we spend a lot more time in the final movie with Arro and his more overtly sinister group of Volturi.
I think you know this, I was on the set of ‘New Moon’ when they shot those first scenes with Michael Sheen and the Volturi and it seemed at the time that it was the funniest thing to him. To be playing this character. Is he just having a ball when you work with him?
Yes, he is. That whole group. It’s interesting, because you spend chunks of time with just Rob, Kristen and Taylor and then the Cullens. And there is a moment when it’s Volturi time and it just brought a completely different vibe. It’s British camp at its best. I don’t mean camp in a bad way, I mean just people who are having a blast and being very clever all the time.
One of the other things that’s interesting for fans of your work and fans of the first movie is this is the first time you’ve worked with Carter Burwell since ‘Kinsey,’ right?
Yes, that’s right.
I know that the last two scores have gone in radically different directions than the first movie, but what did you want to do with the score for these two movies?
First of all, I was just so thrilled that Carter wanted to do it again, but Carter is someone who is just so original that for him it’s not about repeating or getting back to the sound of ‘Twilight.’ That was a specific sound for a teenage story and I think you’ll find it’s more romantic and more lush. However, I always think of this fourth movie as a bookend to the first and it did give us a chance to play around with Bella’s Lullaby, the theme he had developed for the first movie and bring it full circle, because obviously things are coming full circle for Bella. In general, the one of the things that is consistent in all the different approaches that Carter is taking — and he’s taking his cue from what he sees — but it happened over and over again. It’s thrilling. It happened to me when I heard sketches and when we were in London recording the score, he is an actor’s best friend. I saw it happen with ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘Kinsey’ and I saw it happen here. [He can] get so deeply inside a character and it just fills out a performance and bring what sort of happening underneath to the surface. I think he’s a hidden weapon. I think actors should request him in their contract. He’s extraordinary in that.
Hardcore fans will recognize Bella’s Lullaby I’m guessing?
Yes, it definitely plays a part.
is there a theme that’s repetitive through the movie?
If I say there are three, I probably mean five. There is a Renesme theme that really comes to fruition to movie two that is quite prominent in movie one. There is a Bella/Edward love them that plays a lot throughout the first half of the movie. There is Jacob’s theme and there is a theme that suggests the love of everyone around Bella at the wedding, especially her parents and that’s really lovely. I probably am missing one, but those are the big themes.
Read all of Bill’s interview at HitFix!
I love that about bringing Bella’s Lullaby to full circle! Great interview!24 Comments
We previously posted back in February, Breaking Dawn composer Carter Burwell tweeting that Robert Pattinson will be play Renesmee’s Lullaby. Jack Morrissey, Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon’s partner, tweeted about it today as well!
Oh, I am definitely bringing a box of Kleenex to BD P1! I should just buy stock in Kleenex!
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@CarterBurwell : “Just wrote “Renesmee’s Lullaby”. Rob Pattinson will play it on camera this week.”
Amanda Bell over at The Twilight Examiner also confirmed that the Twitter page does indeed belong to Carter:
@TwiExaminer: Yep @CarterBurwell has been confirmed as legitimate. Follow follow this wonderful composer!
Carter’s twitter page at the moment is set as private and you have to request to follow him, if you want to do that you can click HERE to do so. You can also follow Amanda’s Twilight Examiner by clicking HERE136 Comments
According to The Playlist, the talented Carter Burwell (the composer for Twilight), will be returning to compose for Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 -
Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze regular collaborator Carter Burwell is set to return to the ‘Twilight’ since working on the first film to perform scoring duties for the final installment of the series, the two parter “Twilight: Breaking Dawn.”Burwell has an existing relationship with the director of the final two parts, Bill Condon, having collaborated on “Kinsey” and “Gods And Monsters” and will return to the position after Alexandre Desplat followed him for ‘New Moon’ with Howard Shore stepping in for ‘Eclipse.’ Shooting began this past November all major cast members such as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Anna Kendrick and Ashley Greene reprising their roles. The two parts will be shot as one project and will then be respectively released on November 18th, 2011 and November 16th, 2012. And in case you haven’t do so already, check out Burwell’s score “True Grit”; it’s ace.
This is very exciting! I’m hoping that Bella’s Lullaby is incorporated into Breaking Dawn somehow (in some way). I was disappointed that we didn’t hear it at all in New Moon and Eclipse (which was more than likely for copyright reasons?). However, that lullaby (whether you like it or you do not) was a big part in the novels as Edward always hummed it to Bella, or played it on the piano.
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