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Mystic River
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:
Clint Eastwood

Orchestrated and Arranged by:
Patrick Hollenbeck
Gennady Loktionov

Conducted by:
Lennie Niehaus
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Malpaso/Warner Bros.
(October 21st, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed the piano performances and occasional orchestral swells heard in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you prefer Clint Eastwood's acting and directing abilities over his amateurish, uninteresting, and barely sufficient composing techniques.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #343
WRITTEN 11/18/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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Mystic River: (Clint Eastwood) The 24th film for Eastwood as a director, Mystic River marks the fourth time he served as the project's composer as well. He doesn't often direct movies in which he does not also star, but Mystic River (along with 1997's underrated Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) was a notable exception. Dennis Lehane's best-selling 2001 novel "Mystic River" had been best described as a contemporary Shakespearean tragedy set on the mean streets of South Boston. The friendship and gruesome bond that connects three boys and their adulthood counterparts lands them in the middle of a tense murder mystery when one of their daughters is murdered, another one of them is a suspect, and a third is the cop investigating the crime. The film was hailed as one of the best dramas of 2003 and served Eastwood his best chance in an awards season since Unforgiven ten years earlier. While leaving the bulk of the film's workload for the six or seven primary actors to carry, Eastwood takes on much of the rest of the production duties himself, including the composition of the score. For people who grew up watching Eastwood kill without remorse on screen in all of those 1960's and 1970's Westerns and brainless cop thrillers, the idea of hearing him compose a serious, dramatic score for a major motion picture, despite his known talents on the piano, was quite frightening. His music for Space Cowboys, Absolute Power, and The Bridges of Madison County wasn't widely recognized for its quality (or even its effectiveness), and Eastwood often relied upon Lennie Niehaus and others to flesh out the ideas he had for the scores to his own films. While he technically takes solo credit for the composing duties for Mystic River, he once again employs the assistance of his friends and family to assist in adapting, orchestrating, arranging, and conducting the score. Interestingly, while the film only took 39 days to shoot in 2002, the score itself was four months in the making for Eastwood. His choice for the recording ensemble was the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of course, since he seemed preoccupied with keeping the entire production rooted in the Boston area. Two source cues are offered by Eastwood's son, Kyle, a well known musician in the New York jazz community who would increase his contributions to his father's films in subsequent years.



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Eastwood is the man!
Becky - October 24, 2006, at 7:21 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:25
• 1. Mystic River Main Title (1:55)
• 2. Abduction (2:39)
• 3. Communion/Katie's Absence (2:05)
• 4. Jimmy's Anguish (3:11)
• 5. Meditation #1 Piano (2:16)
• 6. Orchestral Variation #1 of the Music from Mystic River (7:36)
• 7. Escape from the Wolves (1:33)
• 8. The Morgue (2:04)
• 9. Brendan's Love of Katie (1:32)
• 10. Meditation #2 Piano (2:20)
• 11. Dave's Past (2:01)
• 12. The Confrontation (7:12)
• 13. The Resolution (3:16)
• 14. A Full Heart (2:55)
• 15. Meditation #3 Piano (3:38)
• 16. Orchestral Variation #2 of the Music from Mystic River (3:28)
• 17. Theme from Mystic River (5:04)
• 18. Cosmo - composed by Kyle Eastwood (5:30)
• 19. Black Emerald Blues - composed by Kyle Eastwood (2:01)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from the film's music supervisor about the score and film.
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