Sony Music: "A HIDDEN LIFE" music by James Newton Howard


Sony Music announces the release of A HIDDEN LIFE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by GRAMMY® and EMMY®-award winning composer, conductor and producer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (The Dark Knight, Blood Diamond, I Am Legend).  Available Friday, December 6, the album features music from the Terrence Malick-directed film, which makes its theatrical debut Friday, December 13 via Fox Searchlight.

Of the soundtrack, composer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD says, “A Hidden Life is a deeply affecting, meditative, and relevant story about love and the moral struggle between a conscientious objector and his wife in a small village in Austria during World War II. The emotional complexity Terrence Malick explores in the film provided a moving and artistically inspiring canvas on which to work. I am deeply grateful to have been able to work again with the extraordinary violinist and my dear friend, James Ehnes, whose profound musicianship transformed each piece that he played on. I would also like to thank Andrew Armstrong for his intimate and beautiful work with all the solo piano on the album.”

Based on real events, from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

James Newton Howard is an eight time Oscar nominee and one of the industry’s most versatile and in-demand composers. Credited with over 140 motion picture and television scores, Howard’s success reflects the experiences of a rich musical past. Beginning his classical training as a pianist at age four, it was his early work in the pop/rock arena that allowed him to hone his talents as a musician, arranger, songwriter and producer with some of pop’s biggest names including Elton John, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Chicago, Toto and Chaka Khan among many others. When he was offered his first film, Head Office in 1985, he knew he had found his calling. Howard’s long list of credits include both Fantastic Beasts films, all four installments of The Hunger Games, Maleficent, The Dark Knight (for which he won the 2009 Grammy Award along with Hans Zimmer), I Am Legend, Blood Diamond, King Kong, Batman Begins, Signs, The Sixth Sense and Pretty Woman.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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