Carter Burwell talks about scoring ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

Carter Burwell, composer for both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which are the first sequels he’s ever done, has spoken up about his return to the Twilight Saga with Sonic Scoop.

Like most people involved, he wasn’t aware of the success the Twilight Saga would endure when working on the first film. “When I was composing music for the first Twilight, I don’t think any of us knew that it would be that popular… that it would have this cultural resonance. There was such an enormous response. There have been thousands of emails people have written me, wanting to know how to play the themes on piano. And that has been really nice,” he explained.

Coming back for Breaking Dawn, too, has been a bit strange since New Moon and Eclipse were done by different composers (Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore, respectively). “The intervening two films were directed by different people and composed by different people and they didn’t use any of the musical themes from the first one. But there’s this one love theme called “Bella’s Lullaby” that was on the Twilight soundtrack album and that’s the one that most people respond to from the first movie. And when I first talked to Bill Condon, he was excited to bring back “Bella’s Lullaby” – so we have brought it back, judiciously. There’s a hint of it here and there, and then in the last scene of this movie, we actually play it out. And it’s pretty dramatic.”

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