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In scoring the acclaimed Darren Aronofsky-directed 2010 thriller Black Swan, composer Clint Mansell and conductor/orchestrator Matt Dunkley brilliantly paid homage to selections from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's classic 1876 ballet score Swan Lake. “Nina’s Dream” opens echoing Tchaikovsky’s score before those familiar string movements are altered and remolded with electronic flourishes that fluctuate and groan to illustrate the protagonist’s abused and tortured character. Deviating from the ghost of Tchaikovsky’s melodic reveries, brilliant moments of originality surface in the cold and foreboding ambiance of “Lose Yourself” and “Opposites Attract,” the former mirroring the uneasiness of sleepless paranoia and the latter implementing a sublime trill that nervously builds to approximate Nina’s snowballing anxiety. The maddening bombastic bounce of “A Swan Is Born” takes its cues from the end of Tchaikovsky’s “Danse Hongroise” aptly followed by the swiftly simmering “Perfection” which boils over into the bookending “A Swan Song (For Nina).”

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Which track is the one they play in the theatrical trailer?

Real world ballet meets Clint Mansell

Having a wife that is a ballerina I am acutely aware of the normal jingles. Clint really shows his understanding of the ballet world in this score, blending traditional ballet music with his dark, emotional take.

If you are a Clint Mansell fan, this album has the same promise as the likes of “The Fountain.” Great album, have listened multiple times through.

Powerful in it's simplicity.

When music enduces a specific emotion when we hear it, thats how we know it has hit the mark. The reason I bought this album was souly because of tracks 6 and 10. That strikingly simple two note electric cello motif that drones in and out is so complex and haunting. It is proof that less is more sometimes with music. A superb album.


Born: January 7, 1963 in Coventry, England

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Frontman for the sadly defunct Pop Will Eat Itself, among other things, Clint Mansell (b. January 7, 1963, Coventry, England) has played a lot of music. Affectionately known as Clint Poppie, he started out in 1981, forming a group called From Eden, which included future members of Pop Will Eat Itself, in the English industrial city of Stourbridge. After several years, the band broke up (they argued over who had performed better on The Tube). Mansell, along with future Poppies Adam Mole and Graham...
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