Carter Burwell :The story behind Bella's Lullaby

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The composer Carter Burwell has a section on his website , talks about the whole story behind "Bella's Lullaby," the song he wrote for Twilight in 2008.I!!!!! love it , love it !!!!




"Bella's Lullaby," as it appears in this film, was not written to be a lullaby but to speak of love - ecstatic, tormented love. Here's that story.


 *Years ago I was in love with an amazing and challenging woman named Christine Sciulli. She left me, I was heartbroken, and I wrote a piece of music that tried to express the thrill and pain of having my heart pierced. She wouldn't speak to me, so I sent her the music to speak in my place.*


*Years later (April 2008 to be exact) I came to Oregon to meet Catherine Hardwicke and see some of the film she was shooting, Twilight. She mentioned that the producing company, Summit Entertainment, had just requested that a new scene be added to the film. The scene existed in the novel but hadn't originally been part of the screenplay (films are not one-to-one translations of books). In this scene Edward would play piano for Bella. I wasn't officially working on the film at that point and they didn't know what Rob Pattinson (Edward) should play during the shoot. This is not an unusual situation - many films have an actor sitting at a keyboard, swaying back and forth, pretending to play music that was only written after the film has been shot and edited. This case was unusual in that Rob is a fine musician, and fully capable of playing the piano or probably any other instrument.*


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Comment by Tanja Santaoja on February 13, 2011 at 1:18pm
Interesting! I love Bella`s Lullaby!
Comment by michelle on February 13, 2011 at 1:22pm
There was nothing more sexier when rob was playing this piece in twilight <3 <3
Comment by TamTwilight on February 13, 2011 at 4:02pm
thats so sweet. i feel sorry for Carter Burwell now. :(
Comment by Eden Courtney on February 13, 2011 at 4:08pm
I have heard so many people say that they don't like this piece of music for Bella's Lullaby - I can't imagine what they want but how much more appropriate could a song written 'to speak of love - ecstatic, tormented love" be for the way Edward feels towards Bella.  He is ecstatic to have found her ("you don't know how long I've waited for you") and yet he is so tormented cuz he feels he should be able to stay away from her and not put her in harm's way.  I love "Bella's Lullaby" and the entire score for Twilight.  It's a lot better than the score for Eclipse.  BTW, I loved Alexsander Desplat's score for New Moon.  Both the score for Twilight and New Moon are so recognizable and are like another character for those movies and have their roles to play.  Howard Shore was a big fail on Eclipse, IMHO.
Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on February 13, 2011 at 7:52pm
Wow, I have an even higher respect for Carter Burwell than before, now that I've read the entire article. The statement, 'And can you imagine what it would be like - as it was occasionally on this project - trying to compose music to satisfy a director who's trying to satisfy a male executive who's trying to satisfy ten million teenage girls?' is SO revealing! Can you imagine trying to write a very crucial song for this movie with all these different entities involved?? Also, I agree that this tune should have just been called Bella and Edward's "Love Theme," as both he and Catherine Hardwicke felt -- it's far too intricate to be a 'lullaby' to be hummed (as was indicated in book-Twilight). It's a sweeping, beautiful Love Theme. :)


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