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James Newton Howard


Sony Masterworks
Release Date: November 17, 2023

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1 The Dark Days  
2 Anthem: Gem of Panem (Instrumental)  
3 Coryo in the Capitl  
4 Assigning the Mentors  
5 Meet the Mentor  
6 Gamemaker  
7 Sejanus  
8 Hunger is a Weapon  
9 Strategy  
10 Department of War  
11 The Arena  
12 Saving Snow  
13 Ideas Firing  
14 Happy Hunger Games  
15 Mercy  
16 Seize the Opportunity  
17 Cut The Feed  
18 Open The Gate  
19 Powerful  
20 Afraid of Water  
21 Drone Attack  
22 Inside the Duct  
23 Under the Flag  
24 Planting the Cloth  
25 Rainbow of Destruction  
26 Get Her Out  
27 The Sound Of Snow  
28 Your Life Has Just Begun  
29 You Are Safe  
30 Trust Is Everything  
31 I Can’t Stay Here  
32 Cabin in the Rain  
33 Lucy?  
34 The Woods  
35 Change of Plan  
36 Passed the Tests  
37 Snow Lands on Top  
38 I. Friendship* – performed by Yuja Wang  
39 II. Rue’s Farewell* – performed by Yuja Wang  
40 III. Victor* – performed by Yuja Wang  
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Sony Music Masterworks today releases THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE) by award-winning composer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD. Available everywhere now, the album features original score music written by Howard for the new prequel to the massively popular dystopian film franchise. Howard makes his return to the world of Panem after scoring the franchise’s original four films, part of the composer’s longstanding creative relationship with director Francis Lawrence. Featured throughout the album’s 40 tracks is global superstar pianist YUJA WANG, infusing the score with her extraordinary musicality and lyricism. The soundtrack is also set to be released in vinyl format, arriving on colored discs enclosed in a 2-LP gatefold set alongside liner notes and stills from the film – preorder now. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is now in theaters – watch the trailer. 

The prequel takes place 64 years before the events of the first film. In composing the score for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Howard embraced the opportunity to compose a fully orchestral score with a minimal amount of electronics. “The challenge for composing scores for movies is always about storytelling and connecting with the unique tone of the movie,” Howard says of the process. Utilizing baroque instruments like the viola de gamba and cello d’amore was effective in evoking a more rural, folk feel to the score, both a nod to the prequel’s earlier time period and also a stylistic extension of the original songs performed throughout by lead Rachel Zegler. 

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