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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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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

Omg I love this song
The cast is so sweet met them a movie premier love Jackson !!!
Brings back memories:(
It's so peaceful
I love this movie and the seconde one an d this is amy baldos sis
Team Jacob !!! Forever
bigstar2210
He is an amazing composer all on his own but when you put his composing and such a good movie like twilight together is just fits so perfectly
Kiss hand five times post this on two different songs then look under your pillow
agree :-)
I wish twilight was on netflix I would watch it all day everyday
So beautiful gets me so emotional love the movies and read the books
Team Jacob love twilight !!!
Makes me cry!!
He inspires me��
Thank you Carter for the beautiful music that you created for twilight for us all to listen to. I am absolutely in love with them all. Especially Bella's lullaby. Such a well thought out song. Beautifully composed by such one as great as Burwell. Thank you for the wonderful music that you have composed for us all.
I love Edward and I wish I was Bella so I can be a vampire and don't have to get old and I'm kind off a vampire I love twilight ����������
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life, tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 mins. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter, this is so scary because it actually works.
l LOVE HE'S MUSIC SO MUCH. I'M A VAMPIRE BEWARE OF ME ♥♡. LIKE AND FOLLOW HIM. Twilight forever everybody
<3 ♥♡
this music is so beautiful. it makes you feel what the song means. leaves you thinking too
You are all looking at where the music is from not who composed it and he is an amazing composer. His music feeling you with deep longing for something more from life. Making you feel like something is missing and you will think about the music for honestly days. It's not all about the movie, play, or TV show it came from. It is more of a beautiful Symphony played by someone who puts his heart and soul into something he loves and has a driving passion for.
hfmaloney915 8
I think Carter Burwell is an amazing composer! He is a great musician!!!
Follow please?: ) thnx. ^w^
Love everything about Twilight
So beautiful <3 twilight
<3 twilight follow me
I love you twilight
maryalice050 7
Twilight rocks i love it
Yeah I love. TWILIGHT
I LOVE twilight
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)
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