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Carter Burwell

November 18, 1955 -
born in New York, NY, composed during the Contemporary period
Carter Burwell is one of America's leading film score composers, known mostly for unusual, dark films. A common adjective used to describe his scores is "quirky."

He had piano lessons as a boy. Although he was talented, the lessons themselves did not spark a strong interest in making music. That occurred in high school, when a friend taught him how to improvise blues on piano. Burwell discovered a joy in creating music that led him to continuing blues and jazz playing and to compose.

He went to Harvard as a Fine Arts major. While there, he continued to play music wherever he could. In his final year at the University, he joined a band, more or less as a recreational activity.

One evening, the sound editor on a small independent film written and directed by an unknown fledgling pair of brothers happened to hear Burwell in his band. The brothers were Ethan and Joel Coen, and the film they were making was called Blood Simple. It was a dark, moody murder story with sudden, even brutal drops into blood and violence. Burwell was asked to score it and responded with an entirely non-Hollywood-sounding score for just four musicians: himself on keyboards plus bass guitar and two percussionists.

The film was a critical success and was profitable. The Coen Brothers' next film was very different in mood, and became a cult favorite. For this film, Raising Arizona (1987), Burwell sketched the musical counterparts of its odd group of characters with another small group, again including himself on synthesizers and samplers, banjo, three ukeleles, two percussionists, a whistling guitarist, and a yodeler. The film's success was astonishing, but no less so than the remarkable appropriateness of the spirited music.

Burwell has continued to be the composer of choice for the Coen Brothers. He has scored Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Fargo (1996), and The Big Lebowski (1998). He came into demand as a film score composer, and has written for diverse genres including horror (Psycho III, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), drama (The Spanish Prisoner, This Boy's Life, Gods and Monsters, The Chamber), comedy (Wayne's World 2, Airheads, Joe's Apartment), romantic adventure (Rob Roy), political thriller (The Jackal, Fear, Conspiracy Theory), suspense (Scorchers, Fear), and romantic comedy (Doc Hollywood, Picture Perfect, It Could Happen to You). In addition to his work with the Coen Brothers, Burwell also has worked three times with director Michael Caton-Jones (Roy Boy, This Boy's Life, and Doc Hollywood).

In fifteen years, he wrote music for more than forty-five films, with demand for his work rising: He composed for seven films in 1995, six in 1996, seven in 1997, and five in 1998. His scores have a knack for evoking intimate feelings, especially loneliness and desperation.

He also composed for the television project And the Band Played On and has written music for the New York stage productions Mother, The Celestial Alphabet Event, and Mother Courage, and music for Widows at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2 (Film Score)

Title: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, Film Score
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Track List: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1

Title: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1
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Track List: The Fifth Estate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: The Fifth Estate (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Comments

Shut up joeydude13 he put his music with feelings country music just a thought come in the mind this has feeling
I love twilight
katrina.broo k e r
Best movie ever duh
What scene is this?
Best movie Ever
skyeblue1212
Twilight is the best movie ever and I live this song
I love the concept of Everything the masterpiece to the film and especially the music. Its soul catching, liberated, and intense music and then it mellows out with soft piano. I love it. This is my thinking and relaxing music.
your music sucks stop making music and listen to some real music (country)
Love u carter burwell!!!!
I wish I was Bella and see and get to act and live how the movies look!! It would be so rad!!! But unfortunatel y I'm not so for all those twilight fans just keep watching the movies!!! It helps I know because I watch all of the series mostly every week! Keep dreaming watching and living like a vampire or a werewolf!!!
I love vampires
I love Edward he is cute
I love Twlight just because its good clean TV
Team Edward this song makes you tense and relaxed at the same time
avareedy
The music is so relaxing and haunting at the same time. It just gets you:)
I DONT KNOW how to describe how I feel with all this music brb going to go cry my eyes out bYe
vanessa.garc i a 0 6 3 0
The music just makes you feel what its trying to explain..... . . . . I love what it does
I love all the twilight songs u have made adore them ����
By the way TEAM EDWARD ��
I love the twilight series
Yes I might be a little late on them but that doesn't stop me from loving them

So if u don't like the twilight series , i never said u did
Team Edward, I love the Twilight music and I watched all of the movies, I will never forget about these movies
He has produced several of the most beautiful pieces I've heard from the 21st century. Regardless of the movie ( and the twidiots that make it not worth it) I adore every piece. ( don't get ur panties crusty ladies, I love twilight too, just not enough to look ignorant)
beautiful #twilightfor e v e r
Omgosh I love Twilight soooo much! Carter Burwell's twilight music is just so amazing...ou t of this world...so beautiful :) Twihard forever :)
Team JACOB forever I am a twilight nerd yah what are u going to do about it
TEAM EDWARD!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! <3<3<3<3
laurenpresas 8 0
Team Jacob 4 Life
I live in Connecticut, a n d there's a town near me named Jewitt City,and it has Vampire graves no joke..Google it it's interesting
twilight forever #teamedward
Team Edward lol love twilight saga total geek have all movies books and journals
I love this song and I love twilight, every night I try to watch one of the twilight movies... Team Edward!!
I'm a total twigeek I watched all of the movies twilight is the only secwal I will watch and I'm team Edward
Horrible
Beautify done !
Carter Burwell is a phenomenal composer. Definitely a favorite. He and Alexandre Desplat, Harry Gregson Williams, Micheal Giachinno and absolutely amazing. Their work is astonishing.
Love love it ! :P
I cry everytime I here twilight...r e m i n d s me of my exs and my pain...#sada z z
It's been 400 days since Breaking Dawn Part 2. And 5 years since Twilight. I am sixteen, and i have been following Twilight since i was eight. Since the book came out. Even though it's over for some, its not over for me. These books and movies have watched me grow from a little girl to a young lady. And have taught me so much about who i am. I will never forget The Twilight Saga. No matter how much time passes to erase them. Twilight Forever.
Is everyone tired of bullies follow me to stand up to them
kennywenny20 0 1
I'm a vampire
Twilighter❤ Team Edward Forever ❤
I Want To Learn How To Play The Piano, I Got Inspired By Twilight ❤
Love It cx ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
My fave song is turning page instrumental
Team belle
Follow me and I follow you back and I love twilight TEAM JACOB
Love this song and TWILIGHT


Team EDWARD
FOREVER
One of my favorites from Twilight. This song brings me back to where it all began
I lllllllloooo o o o o o v v v v v v v v e e e e e e e e this song.
What scene is this film score in? @alicebrit12
Yes!!!
I like a thousand years it is perfect
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