21 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The affecting score to a powerful coming-of-age story.

Explicit Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The affecting score to a powerful coming-of-age story.

Explicit Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Britell breaks new ground

AndyChapstick

Nicholas Britell's latest turn composing and conducting for Jenkin's beautiful "Moonlight" is like a gust of starlight and salt from the stretch of ocean that 'Little' stares upon in the film. Each peice in this score is poised and weaved with restraint, allowing themes of intimacy and sensitvity to seep through the issues of masculinty of which the film explores.

Britell breaks new ground with 'Moonlight' by working with a subgenre of music called 'Chopped and Screwed'. This technique involves slowing music down and changing the pitch to create a deep, humming din that results in a huantingly beautiful rendition of Chiron's Theme.

Like the film, Britell's score touches you with a powerful subtlety that draws you in like a camera slowly zooming in on a tear rolling down a cheek.

Beautiful

BeebopRockStdy

Saw the film at a film festival and couldn't stop thinking about the score. this brings me right back, very emotional.

Flawless

BarKochbaJerusalem

This movie is the critical darling of 2016 and a likely best picture nom, but the real story is the score. Britell conjures a special kind of soul for this film, effortlessly explaining, without overpowering, the wave of conflicting, uncomfortable emotions that dance around the film. He is careful to hone the sound, only deepening the emotional fulcrum of the story. It's not easy to pull off, which is why this is such an impressive feat.

About Nicholas Britell

Nicholas Britell is a composer, pianist, and movie producer best known for his scores to such critically acclaimed films as The Big Short and Moonlight. A graduate of Julliard's Pre-College Division and Harvard University who started playing piano at the age of five, Britell scored his first film as a college student in the early 2000s. After graduating, he found regular work on film shorts while keeping a day job. He eventually came to the attention of a broader segment of the film community when he performed his own piano composition, "Forgotten Waltz No. 2," for the 2008 short Eve, directed by Natalie Portman.

Among varied projects in the classical realm (including Portals with violinist Tim Fain) and continued work on shorts, he wrote music for the TV documentary Haiti: Where Did the Money Go and the crime film Gimme the Loot, both released in 2012. His additional music, such as violin pieces and spirituals, can be heard in the 2013 Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave. Meanwhile, he also produced a short film called Whiplash, later developed into the 2014 Best Picture nominee of the same name, which he co-produced. His biggest breakthrough yet in film composing came a year later with another Best Picture nominee, The Big Short. His playful score for that movie incorporated jazz, funk, and classical elements. Steady work in Hollywood features followed, beginning with Free State of Jones and Moonlight in 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson

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1980

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