The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 [The Score]

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 [The Score]

by Carter BurwellCarter Burwell


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As The Twilight Saga series of films began to wind down, the franchise returned to composer Carter Burwell, who scored the first film, to provide the music for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1. Burwell brings sensitivity and surprising depth to the film's music: while many cues echo the gauzy romanticism of Breaking Dawn's soundtrack (particularly on the lovely Latin-tinged "A Nova Vida" and "The Threshold," which is so sweet that cartoon hearts seem to float off its melody), he provides musical reminders that there actually is a horror element to these movies. Before it blooms into soft-focus piano and acoustic guitar, "What You See in the Mirror" begins with a shrill flute that is one of the most startling moments on any of The Twilight Saga soundtracks or scores. Elsewhere, werewolf-themed cues like "Wolves on the Beach" and "A Wolf Stands Up" add more dread as well as raw percussion and flutes that evoke Native American traditions. Childbirth and its complications are also longtime horror fodder, and the pieces revolving around Bella's surprise pregnancy tap into this fear, with "Pregnant" marking the point where Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1's music takes an ominous turn, and "Hearts Failing" and "Biting" reflecting the desperation to save mother and baby. Despite the story's fantastical turns, Burwell keeps his music restrained, rarely breaking out the full orchestra even on crucial cues: "Jacob Imprints" is small yet profound, its subtlety adding dignity, while "Bella Reborn" closes the score on a subdued but eerily beautiful note. This restraint elevates Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 to one of The Twilight Saga's better scores, Burwell's previous work included.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2011
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678824838
catalogNumber: 529538

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Performance Credits

Carter Burwell   Primary Artist
Mark Berrow   Violin
Mitch Dalton   Acoustic Guitar
Philippa Davies   Flute
Liz Edwards   Violin
Andy Findon   Bamboo Flute
Chris Laurence   Bass
Martin Loveday   Cello
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Andy Pask   Bass
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
David Porter Thomas   Vocals
Allen Walley   Bass
Sam Walton   Percussion
Hugh Webb   Harp
Richard Bissill   French Horn
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Andrew Parker   Viola
David Fuest   Clarinet
David Hartley   Piano
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Leila Ward   Oboe
Ian Humphries   Violin
Helen Keen   Flute
Julian Leaper   Violin
Stephen Maw   Bassoon
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Everton Nelson   Violin
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Ian Rathbone   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Andy Wood   Trombone
Leo Abrahams   Electric Guitar
Magnus Johnston   Violin
Richard George   Violin
Tom Pearce   Vocals
Owen Slade   Tuba
Jon Carnac   Clarinet
John Anderson   Oboe
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Ian Balmain   Trumpet
Richard Skinner   Bassoon
Lizzy Pattinson   Vocals
Joely Koos   Cello
Kate Moore   Trumpet
Chris Baron   Percussion
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Gerard O'Beirne   Vocals
Rick Koster   Violin
Lynton Black   Vocals
William Lockhart   Timpani
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Jonathan Williams   Cello
Michael Thompson   French Horn
Paul Grier   Vocals
Alison Dods   Violin
Jonathan Rees   Violin
Andy Crowly   Trumpet
Amos Miler   Trombone
Mark Wood   French Horn
Ian Thomas   Percussion

Technical Credits

Carter Burwell   Composer,Orchestration
Michael Farrow   Orchestra Score Mixing
Sonny Kompanek   Orchestration
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Alexandra Patsavas   Executive Producer
Brian Ranney   Packaging
Dean Parker   Composer's Assistant
Rob Gold   Art Manager
Paul Katz   Executive Producer

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