True Grit

True Grit

by Carter Burwell



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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2010
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597977516
catalogNumber: 526752

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
Lawrence Manchester   Engineer
Dean Parker   Composer's Assistant

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True Grit 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.