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Hidden Figures
(2016)
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Composed and Produced by:
Pharrell Williams
Hans Zimmer
Benjamin Wallfisch

Conducted by:
Timothy Williams

Orchestrated by:
David Krystal
Edward Trybek
Henri Wilkinson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Columbia Records
(January 6th, 2017)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you have often wondered why there aren't more competent, traditional orchestral scores with soul and gospel accompaniment, this entry a redemptive delight in achieving that challenging cultural balance.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to feature consistent stylistic continuity with the Pharrell Williams songs heard in the film, or if you demand the tightest of narratives in the score's own thematic development.
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WRITTEN 3/25/17
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Hidden Figures: (Pharrell Williams/Hans Zimmer/Benjamin Wallfisch) One of the more lauded liberal "feel good" films of the 2010's is Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures, a 2016 adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book about female African American mathematicians and engineers who worked at NASA during the early days of the space program's mission. While the liberties taken with the facts in the film's screenplay will be obnoxious to loyalists of the book, especially with the insertion of Kevin Costner as a white savior, Hidden Figures is a solid and redemptive look at how these women played an integral role in computing trajectories and other engineering feats in the era before and during the introduction of computers. The movie was a tremendous fiscal success and earned widespread respect for musician Pharrell Williams, whose dedication to the project was so significant that he eventually joined it in a producing role. For most viewers, however, it is Williams' contribution to the soundtrack that is most important, and he provided several songs of an early 1960's vibe that he professed to have been working on for a long time before his involvement in this film. Certainly, Hidden Figures makes use of these and a whole slew of other source songs in its mix, but Williams turned to familiar collaborators when it came time to bridge these placements with an original score. He had been enveloped by Hans Zimmer's Remote Control blob years earlier with Despicable Me and, more formally, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and upon becoming involved with this project, Zimmer brought in another relative newcomer from his ghostwriter stock, Benjamin Wallfisch, who had contributed additional music to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fortunately, all three men receive equal credit on posters and album covers after their "jam session" methodology; while Zimmer is listed first, Williams reportedly handled the bulk of the duties. Zimmer's publicity machine repeatedly stated that most films about the early space program utilized noble, Aaron Copland-like Americana music, perhaps in reference to James Horner's lasting influence on the genre since Apollo 13, and it was the composing team's intent to avoid that sound outright. Rather, they sought to take that general expectation and deliver it wrapped in the personality of soul and gospel, and the decision is largely a success. There are very few high profile film scores that make satisfactory use of these inclinations with the standard orchestral backdrop, and this one clicks.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 50:22
• 1. Katherine (2:37)
• 2. Mission Control (1:17)
• 3. I'd Already Be One (1:08)
• 4. Space Task Group (2:56)
• 5. Slice of Pie (1:05)
• 6. Redacted (1:26)
• 7. With All the Angels (1:35)
• 8. Redstone (1:36)
• 9. Call Your Wives (3:23)
• 10. Launch (2:21)
• 11. That's Just the Way Things Are (2:25)
• 12. Sign (1:11)
• 13. Kitchen Kiss (0:55)
• 14. Mary and the Judge (1:30)
• 15. I Like Her Numbers (2:07)
• 16. Ladies' March (1:25)
• 17. Mary and Levi (2:12)
• 18. Euler's Method (1:23)
• 19. Proposal (1:40)
• 20. Pearls (2:41)
• 21. Katherine Calculates (1:32)
• 22. Lift Off (3:11)
• 23. Warning Light (0:59)
• 24. Rocket Peril (3:10)
• 25. Hidden Figures (3:50)
• 26. Epilogue (0:38)

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