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The Theory of Everything
(2014)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Anthony Weeden

Co-Conducted by:
Nicklas Schmidt
Ben Foster
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Backlot Music
(November 4th, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a Golden Globe. Nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you were attracted to this conservatively subdued and occasionally pretty score in context, where it offers a pleasant enough ambience to basically suffice.

Avoid it... if you expect any coherent or unique musical narrative in this score to suggest a sense of achievement and perseverance in the main characters' lives.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,596
WRITTEN 1/31/15
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The Theory of Everything: (Jóhann Jóhannsson) While respected theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has always preferred not to discuss his personal life or disability to any great degree, his first wife has been more than willing to fill in that void. Many casual observers may not realize that Hawking, prior to his development of the motor neurone disease ALS, lived quite a normal life, and prior to his emergence as a foremost mind in the fields of science, his college existence included a relationship with a fellow student that yielded marriage, three children, and two subsequent versions of a book by that eventual ex-wife about her experiences with Hawking. Needless to say, the interpersonal relationships in Hawking's life are strained by not only the scientific and mathematical concepts swirling about in his mind, but by his disability, and the challenges posed by these competing factors are the subject of Jane Wilde's books and their 2014 cinematic adaptation, The Theory of Everything. Produced with care on a minimal budget, the film worked with a largely reconciled Wilde and Hawking for many years to ensure authenticity, the latter even lending his own performances to scenes necessitating his computerized voice. He also finally, though not unsurprisingly, "came out" as an atheist at the time of the film's release. With the aid of an attractive marketing campaign, the film turned a decent profit and yielded several major awards nominations. Among the nominations for BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards were those for Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose score plays a "feel good" supporting role in the film. The sudden international acclaim for Jóhannsson thrust him into the mainstream after a decade-long career of rather obscure works, many of them featuring ambient, electronically-oriented tones. In some ways, The Theory of Everything is a fortuitous departure for the composer in his mid-40's at the time, reflecting circumstances similar to those experienced by several other relatively obscure composers whose luck placed them in a position to win major awards. There has been a fair amount of positive response to The Theory of Everything by film score critics who credit the composer's ability to capture the complicated relationship between scientific pontification and personal struggles. The most interesting aspect of Jóhannsson's work is not just his very delicate approach to supplement the film without ever overwhelming it with emotional impact, but his sometimes distracting adherence to stylistic norms utilized by other composers in similar situations.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:58
• 1. Cambridge, 1963 (1:41)
• 2. Rowing (1:42)
• 3. Domestic Pressures (2:37)
• 4. Chalkboard (1:05)
• 5. Cavendish Lab (2:31)
• 6. Collapsing Inwards (2:17)
• 7. A Game of Croquet (2:45)
• 8. The Origins of Time (2:21)
• 9. Viva Voce (1:36)
• 10. The Wedding (1:42)
• 11. The Dreams That Stuff is Made Of (1:51)
• 12. A Spacetime Singularity (2:16)
• 13. The Stairs (1:07)
• 14. A Normal Family (1:41)
• 15. Forces of Attraction (2:03)
• 16. Rowing (Alternative Version) (0:37)
• 17. Camping (1:18)
• 18. Coma (1:03)
• 19. The Spelling Board (0:59)
• 20. The Voice Box (0:51)
• 21. A Brief History of Time (2:02)
• 22. Daisy, Daisy (2:21)
• 23. A Model of the Universe (2:52)
• 24. The Theory of Everything (1:08)
• 25. London, 1988 (2:52)
• 26. Epilogue (1:49)
• 27. The Whirling Ways of Stars That Pass (1:52)

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