John Williams' Tracklist For Soundtrack To Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Is Suitably Important & Historical

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 23, 2012 6:53 PM
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Update 11/4: Sony Music has confirmed the official tracklisting. See below.

Update: Tracklisting removed at the request of Sony Classical International

Yep, another Steven Spielberg movie means another John Williams score, and the upcoming Oscar contender "Lincoln" will mark their 26th collaboration ("Duel" and "The Color Purple" being the only films in Spielberg's oeuvre the composer hasn't scored). And with the marketing campaign beginning to build up since the first official look at Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role earlier this month, with a poster yesterday, now comes the full tracklist to the movie, which may serve as some kind of mild spoiler about just what moments in the president's life the movie will cover.

Based on the best-selling book “Team of Rivals” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and featuring a script by Tony Kushner (”Angels In America”), the film will focus on the tumultuous last four months of Lincoln's life as he focused on pushing the 13th Amendment that would end slavery through Congress. And the tracklist makes that abundantly clear with titles like "The Purpose of The Amendment," "The Southern Delegation And The Dream" and "Equality Under The Law." It also sounds like a history class we struggled to stay awake through at one time. Joking aside, it will likely sound appropriately grand and Williams-esque, and notch the dude yet another nomination and possible win -- you can go ahead and save a slot for him in the Oscar race.

The score will drop on Tuesday, November 6th, a few days before the movie starts rolling in limited release on November 9th. Check it all out below.

"Lincoln" Soundtrack Tracklisting

01. The People’s House 
02. The Purpose Of The Amendment 
03. Getting Out The Vote 
04. The American Process 
05. The Blue And Grey
06. “With Malice Toward None” 
07. Call To Muster And Battle Cry Of Freedom 
08. The Southern Delegation And The Dream 
09. Father And Son 
10. The Race To The House 
11. Equality Under The Law
12. Freedom’s Call 
13. Elegy
14. Remembering Willie 
15. Appomattox, April 9, 1865 
16. The Peterson House And Finale 
17. “With Malice Toward None” (Piano Solo) 

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30 Comments

  • Lucy | August 25, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    Thank you JD!! ! :-) I really like what you had to say. And you too Collin.

  • Collin | August 24, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    Hey guys, why don't we, uh, just wait until we see the movie? However, most of you have already made up your minds about the movie. Even if it ends up being great, you've already made up your mind.

    Then again, I loved "War Horse" so what do I know?

  • John | August 23, 2012 10:47 PMReply

    12. Freedom’s Call (6:06)

    Ok so I was hoping that this would be great psychological look into the mind and genius of possibly the most mentally anguished President in US History, but this track alone has proven to me that this will be nothing but Spielberg cheese. I'm half expecting the delegates listening to Lincoln's speeches to say"Common honest Abe, push it through...we're all behind you!" ala War Horse. So much for a strong complex Spielberg film, I guess the only one in the last ten years will be Munich after all.

  • JD | August 24, 2012 8:11 AM

    Thank god that the guy who rejects a Steven Spielberg film, written by Tony Kushner, adapted from a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin, scored by Williams and starring Daniel Day Lewis and a million other great actors, the dude who rejects it on the basis of the title of a single track on the soundtrack album, has blessed us with his opinion. Without your wisdom, we'd be utterly lost. Oh, and Ass, your endorsement of Daniel Day-Lewis means he can keep acting and everything he's done hasn't been in vain.

  • cattt | August 24, 2012 2:30 AM

    For what it's worth, Tony Kushner wrote this. He also wrote Munich and Angels in America. I bet that his script is far from cheesy.

  • AS | August 24, 2012 12:03 AM

    Exactly. The only redeeming aspect of this "film" will be D-Day Lewis' performance.

  • Mike | August 23, 2012 11:09 PM

    Desperately waiting for an opportunity to pounce much?

  • Peter | August 23, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    Can someone please wheel John Williams and his undeserved trophies into the nursing home and let real artists work please?

  • John Steven Lasher | September 22, 2012 9:48 PM

    What an unkind, not to mention undeserving, comment on your part. I would suppose that someone of your intellect would opt for a rock-fusion by some 'artist' who has been lifted out of the gutter by a fellow drug user.

  • Jamie | September 14, 2012 10:39 AM

    You're an idiot. Williams is the greatest composer in history. No one else will ever be his equal.

  • vvv | August 23, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    Spielberg there are other composers out there. I feel like William's only has a career because Steven keeps him in buisness.

  • Stranger | September 26, 2012 5:38 AM

    Seriously? Williams has composed 134 movies. Do some research.

  • John Steven Lasher | September 22, 2012 9:50 PM

    Why would Mr Spielberg choose another composer when he has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Mr Williams in the course of 26 motion pictures?

  • JD | August 24, 2012 8:05 AM

    And the rank stupidity multiplies some more! Yeah, John Williams only has a career because Steven Spielberg keeps him in business. Yeah, uh huh. Writing probably the most iconic themes of the 20th century has nothing to do with it. May I remind you that Williams scored JAWS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, and STAR WARS? That means he WROTE THAT MUSIC. He CREATED the MUSIC for THOSE FILMS. Somebody else didn't do it: John Williams did. Undeserved trophies? What kinda bullshit is that?

  • He's Awesome | August 23, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    In the grand scheme of cinematic history (you know, before The Dark Knight or The Avengers or whatever new blockbuster the kids are getting their first boners all over) yes, John Williams is the greatest film composer in history.

    Star Wars. Indiana Jones. Jurassic Park. Jaws. The main Harry Potter theme. Early Oliver Stone. Schindler's List. Superman. Poseidon Adventure. Etc. Etc.
    So he may not be at the top of his game in his 80s? He is going to have a longer lasting impression than surely any other composer in history.

  • John Steven Lasher | September 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    While I hold the highest respect for Mr Williams, I would hardly consider him the greatest film composer in history. I believe, as do many others, that the accolade should probably go to Bernard Herrmann. Of course, Mr Williams' scores will leave a lasting impression, but they will share that honour with, among others, Hugo Friedhofer, Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, Alex North,

  • JD | August 24, 2012 7:56 AM

    Morricone and Herrmann are both definitely in the top five, but Williams still edges them out for greatest film composer. Remember, Morricone is widely known for his truly iconic great scores, but the general public doesn't remember that he scored literally dozens of low-budget cheapo Euro-grindhouse movies. He'd just take any job and bang the score out in a week or two, and while they were always good, he also tended to reuse the same themes and motifs over and over again. Williams has been a lot more selective; to compare to Morricone he'd have to have scored KICKBOXER, HARD TO KILL, CHILD'S PLAY 2, HALLOWEEN IV, ect....

  • Voland | August 24, 2012 1:07 AM

    Yeah. If one had to name the greatest of all time, Morricone had to be the ultimate pick.

  • Iadge | August 24, 2012 1:04 AM

    Yeah, Williams slays anybody as far as quality iconic film scores, and it's not close.

  • d | August 24, 2012 12:39 AM

    or Bernard Herrmann..

  • Marko | August 23, 2012 11:19 PM

    I dunno. He's no Morricone.

  • Bakunin | August 23, 2012 9:18 PMReply

    Kushner's a good writer but it's doubtful this will be better than the 1988 miniseries "Lincoln" based on the Gore Vidal book, that had such a deep, un-romanticized portrait of Abe. Of course Spielberg will top it in scope, but "Team Of Rivals" was just pop history, nothing particularly edgy.

  • Mike | August 23, 2012 11:11 PM

    Team of Rivals wasn't 'pop history' & it wasn't a Lincoln biography, it was background material on him as well as his entire cabinet & how they worked together.

  • Oogle monster | August 23, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    When is the trailer going to drop? This and The Place Beyond the Pines are taking a ridiculously long time... considering they wrapped a while ago.

  • AS | August 23, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    Williams will singlehandedly ruin this movie.

  • Jamie | September 14, 2012 10:48 AM

    Who would you prefer James Horner? Hans Zimmer? Morricone? None of them can hold a candle to John Williams, you asshole. The 'War Horse' score is one of the finest scores in the history of music, up there with Gone With The Wind. Williams will, if anything, enrich this film and make it better than anyone else could have done. Also, I see you didn't reply to JD's comment either, confirming the fact that you are nothing more than a trolling pathetic keyboard warrior. But we knew that already.

  • JD | August 24, 2012 7:45 AM

    1. You left an "s" off your screen name.

    2. War Horse is a GREAT score.

    3. So was Crystal Skull.

    4. You don't make me laugh. You make me feel ill. You need to shut up, stop spewing your ignorance in plain sight for all to see, and answer my question, as somebody who obviously is such an intelligent, tasteful conniseur of music for cinema: If Williams shouldn't score it, who should?

    4. You won't answer it, because you are a moronic asshole.

  • yer | August 23, 2012 9:33 PM

    Williams is not the greatest of all time, merely the most popular. Similar to Spielberg's career as a director.

  • AS | August 23, 2012 8:19 PM

    "the greatest film composer in the history of movies " - lol, is that a joke? Because you made me laugh. Did you see War Horse? The score was AWFUL!!! As was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. You need to hop off John's dick and take another listen...

  • JD | August 23, 2012 8:03 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you possibly the single stupidest comment I have ever seen posted on the Internet.

    What would YOU recommend, with your clearly elevated taste in, and awareness of film scoring? I mean, so the greatest film composer in the history of movies doesn't ruin it?

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