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The Twilight Saga: New Moon (The Score)

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Virtually every aspect of the Twilight saga was taken to a grander scale with New Moon, the second film in the series of screen adaptations of Stephenie Meyers’ books. This reflected not just the success of the first movie, but the wider scope of New Moon’s story, which encompassed werewolves and Italian vampire royalty along with girl-falls-in-love-with-vampire, vampire-breaks-girl’s-heart drama. The film’s score, which is composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, is certainly bigger, but not always better, than Carter Burwell’s music for Twilight. Desplat takes a more traditional approach, favoring soft string passages highlighted by flute, piano and occasional brass for his cues, which are lush and often lengthy: “To Volterra” hovers around nine minutes. Given that the film’s heroine, Bella Swan, spends most of her time grieving her breakup with her vampire ex Edward Cullen, it’s not surprising that much of the score is mournful, and that the most distinctive melodies belong to the cues that evoke Edward. However, the most interesting moments in New Moon’s score belong to the werewolves and other vampires. “Blood Sample” uses tablas to mimic heartbeats, a motif used on other menacing tracks like “Wolves V. Vampire” and “Victoria,” while the delicately creepy “Werewolves” leaves listeners feeling ambivalent. At times, Desplat’s music feels a bit overwrought, but that’s only fitting for a story as dramatic (and occasionally melodramatic) as the one New Moon tells. Even if this score is arguably less unique than Twilight’s was, it provides plenty of perfectly gloomy backdrops and conveys New Moon’s lovelorn atmosphere just as ably.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant!

Alexandre Desplat is one of the best composers working today. For his score to Twilight Saga New Moon, he created music so emotional, so seductive, so thrilling... it's amazing. One of this year's best.

Soothing!

These songs are very calming and relaxing, I really like it! 5/5!

Beautiful

Having completely enjoyed the "Twilight" score, I was really looking forward to the "New Moon" score. I was not disappointed in the least.
From the 1st track, I knew that I was in for a ride! This score has everything I was looking for: romance, adventure, with a little suspense thrown in there, too. This score took what was best about "Twilight" and added a little something more.
Just listening to "Edward Leaves" makes me feel like Bella does: like someone just ripped my heart out & stomped on it only to then have it run over by a semi! With "Werewolves", I can almost picture the grace & power of the Quileute pack as they come to the forefront of the Saga. The "Volturi Waltz" is another highlight, showing both Aro's delight, but also the danger he, Marcus, & Caius represent.
Bottom line: if you loved "Twilight", you'll love "New Moon".

Biography

Born: August 23, 1961 in Paris, France

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

French composer Alexandre Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores. Beginning with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for television and film totaled 100 by 2007. In these...
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