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John Williams' Lincoln Score Gently Spoils A Few Key Scenes

Oscar winner John Williams brings out the best in Steven Spielberg, and vice versa. The duo have collaborated on countless classic film scores, and their next will be Lincoln, the historical biopic of our nation’s 16th president that casts Daniel Day-Lewis as the revered leader. What details can we glean from the scores’ track listing? More than you might have guessed.

The song titles have been posted over on The Film Stage, and they hint at some of the scenes we’re destined to see in Spielberg’s effort. Not that the historical events in Lincoln’s past can be considered “spoilers” (in the traditional sense), but when you see song titles like “Appomattox, April 9, 1865,” you know that Spielberg and Day-Lewis will tackle the battle at the famed court house that signified the last fight waged by Confederate States General Robert E. Lee before he surrendered to L. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. And the title “The Peterson House and Finale” bring a chill if you know that’s where Lincoln was brought to die following his fatal gunshot wound in Ford’s Theater on April 15, 1865.

Here are the rest of the tracks on Williams’ score, the first he’s done for Spielberg since last year’s one-two punch of War Horse an The Adventures of Tintin. Will is be another Oscar winner? Find out on Nov. 6, when the Lincoln soundtrack hits shelves.

01. The People’s House (3:41)?02. The Purpose Of The Amendment (3:06)?03. Getting Out The Vote (2:48)?04. The American Process (3:56)?05. The Blue And Grey (2:59)?06. “With Malice Toward None” (1:50)?07. Call To Muster And Battle Cry Of Freedom (2:17)?08. The Southern Delegation And The Dream (4:43)?09. Father And Son (1:42)?10. The Race To The House (2:41)?11. Equality Under The Law (3:11)?12. Freedom’s Call (6:06)?13. Elegy (2:34)?14. Remembering Willie (1:51)?15. Appomattox, April 9, 1865 (2:36)?16. The Peterson House And Finale (11:00)?17. “With Malice Toward None” (Piano Solo) (1:31)Total Time: 58:32

Sean O'Connell
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