The Girl on the Train [Original Motion Picture Score]

The Girl on the Train [Original Motion Picture Score]

by Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman


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The Girl on the Train is a 2016 psychological thriller based on the previous year's best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins. Versatile Grammy-winning composer and The Simpsons theme writer Danny Elfman furnishes the film's original score. It falls over 30 years into the former new wave rocker's scoring career, between the whimsical Tim Burton fantasy Alice Through the Looking Glass and the historical drama Tulip Fever. Here, his music is serious and restrained (for Burton), but hardly bland. Instrumentation includes strings and other members of the orchestra but also conspicuous electric guitar, prepared piano, and electronics. Percussive tones, distorted guitar, and an electronic bassline join strings in the opening moments of "Riding the Train," introducing not only the palette, but a mood that's both gloomy and unsettling. Something's not quite right in "Something's Not Right," which opens with lurching low strings, then adds manipulated piano, dissonance, and zapping sounds that prod. The piece has a beginning, climactic middle, and end, and unlike a lot of ambient-minded scores, leaves a lasting impression. There are moments in the soundtrack that feel like classic Bernard Herrmann, too, despite the quite different, non-symphonic arrangements. "3 Women" has simmering arpeggios, off-kilter harmonics, and constant motion remindful of Vertigo, if in the sense of third generation removed. In contrast, "Really Creepy" is quietly melodic until it transforms into turbulent noise. Consistently atmospheric as well as uncanny, The Girl on the Train is a compelling diversion for Elfman, who makes more of it than a mere genre exercise.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2016
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0889853756124
catalogNumber: 537561
Rank: 114444

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   Primary Artist,Synthesizer
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Ian Walker   Bass
Mary Wooten   Cello
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Jacqui Danilow   Bass
Elizabeth Lim   Violin
Ragga Petursdottir   Violin
Petra Haden   Vocals
Marji Danilow   Bass
Grace Paradise   Harp
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Miran Kim   Violin
Maureen McDermott   Cello
Mina Smith   Cello
Robert Rinehart   Viola
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Mary Hammann   Viola
Anna Rabinova   Violin
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Jeremy McCoy   Bass
Shan Jiang   Violin
Katherine Fong   Violin
Rachel Calin   Bass
Karen Marx   Violin
Shmuel Katz   Viola
Sein Ryu   Violin
Krzysztof Kuznik   Violin
Emma Sutton   Violin
Cathy Sim   Violin
Jeanine Wynton   Violin
Emily Popham   Violin
Bradley Aikman   Bass
Annaliesa Place   Violin
Alan Stepansky   Cello
T.J. Lindgren   Piano
Junah Chung   Viola
Calvin Wiersma   Viola
Sophia Kessinger   Violin
Julia King   Cello
Joanna Maurer   Violin
Matt Lehmann   Violin
Caitlin Sullivan   Cello
Peter Bahng   Violin
Melisa McGregor   Vocals
Ann Lehmann   Violin
Tallie Brunfelt   Violin
Liz Lim   Violin
David Southorn   Violin
Alexis Sykes   Viola
Nikki Federman   Viola
Henry Wang   Violin
Celia Hatton   Viola
Adrienne Sommervile   Viola
Michael Tuller   Synthesizer
Blake Hinson   Bass
Angela Lee   Violin
Will Frampton   Viola
Pawel Knapik   Bass
David Heiss Andrew Janss   Cello
Lisa Lee   Violin

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Composer,Producer
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
David Slonaker   Orchestration
Marc Mann   MIDI Arrangement
Lawrence Manchester   Engineer
Edgardo Simone   Orchestration
Noah Snyder   Engineer
Gina Zimmitti   Contracting,Score Coordinator
Mark Cavell   Licensing
Peter Bateman   MIDI Assistance
Melissa Karaban   Composer's Assistant
Melisa McGregor   Score Production Coordinator
Joe D'Ambrosio   Studio Manager
Klara Korytowska   Product Development

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