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It: Chapter Two
(2019)
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Composed and Produced by:
Benjamin Wallfisch

Conducted by:
Arturo Rodriguez
Rob Johnston

Orchestrated by:
David Krystal
Jon Kull
Peter Bateman
David Slonaker
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WaterTower Music
(August 30th, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release. Also available on vinyl.
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Buy it... if you appreciate scores that sound fantastic even if they contain challenging atonality at times, for both the enhanced lyricism and abrasive horror sequences of this score enjoy an engagingly immersive recording mix.

Avoid it... if the outrageous electronic manipulation employed by Benjamin Wallfisch in the prior franchise score was the main attraction for you, the sequel taking a distinctly more organic approach to similarly challenging concepts.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,945
WRITTEN 7/26/20
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It: Chapter Two: (Benjamin Wallfisch) The 2017 cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's It was a monumental success in the horror genre, confirming the population's love of extreme gore and body mutilation on screen. Throw in the concepts of sexual abuse, suicide, and other depressing human traits and you get an It franchise that once again grossed massive amounts in 2019 with It: Chapter Two. These films are, to their credit, more rooted in serious character development than the usual genre fare, and this completion of the original "It" story takes a remarkably mature examination of adult psychology, even if it succumbs to conveying an acceptance of suicide as a positive event. More important, however, is that the story manages to provide audiences with a reprise of the cheap horror thrills while ending on a battered but positive note for its survivors. The children of Derry, Maine that survived the previous return of "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" 27 years prior are destined to assemble once again in the town to confront and finally defeat the demonic creature of the sewers that prays on the town's inhabitants at that regular interval. The maturation of the main characters and their newfound perspective on the antics of the villain force the film to supply greater depth to the dramatic elements of the storyline. To accommodate this shift, composer Benjamin Wallfisch returns to the concept to further develop his themes and horror techniques for It: Chapter Two. His music for the previous film had blended the 1980's nostalgia of orchestral lyricism with a cacophony of electronically manipulated symphonic noise, interesting in all parts but unlistenable in the latter. Wallfisch has made a habit in the late 2010's, however, of writing evocative themes for orchestral elements and voices, his music compelling even if challenging to casually appreciate. The King story of "It" allows Wallfisch to continue developing sorrowful themes for piano and orchestra that build upon not only his prior entry in this franchise but also in The Cure for Wellness, all of them teasing out the warmth of a vintage James Horner theme while expressing the tentative, swelling figures of Bernard Herrmann in agonized suspense mode. These lyrical passages are a more dominant aspect of It: Chapter Two, battling returning musical identities for Pennywise and an all-new, massive theme for the ritual meant to defeat him.



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Total Time: 102:47
CD1: (51:32)
• 1. 27 Years Later (2:06)
• 2. Memory (1:40)
• 3. Come Home (2:24)
• 4. I Swear, Bill (1:30)
• 5. Beverly Escapes (2:21)
• 6. Henry Bowers (1:21)
• 7. Firefly (3:09)
• 8. Losers Reunited (0:52)
• 9. Echo (1:44)
• 10. Fortune Cookies (2:11)
• 11. You Knew (1:49)
• 12. The Library (2:07)
• 13. Shokopiwah (3:29)
• 14. The Barrens (1:21)
• 15. The Clubhouse (3:48)
• 16. Perfume (2:36)
• 17. Mrs. Kersh (1:47)
• 18. Miss Me, Richie? (1:24)
• 19. Dirty Little Secret (1:21)
• 20. Silver Bullet (1:54)
• 21. Why Georgie? (3:45)
• 22. Your Hair is Winter Fire (3:20)
• 23. Eddie and the Leper (1:50)
• 24. Festival Pursuit (1:06)
CD2: (51:15)
• 1. Hall of Mirrors (2:14)
• 2. Bar Mitzvah (1:36)
• 3. Bowers Attack (1:19)
• 4. Back to Neibolt (2:50)
• 5. Home at Last (1:29)
• 6. It's Stan (2:03)
• 7. This is Where It Happened (2:03)
• 8. The Place of It (1:57)
• 9. Artifacts (3:10)
• 10. The Ritual of Chüd (2:04)
• 11. Very Scary (1:39)
• 12. Scary (1:31)
• 13. Not Scary at All (1:25)
• 14. You Lied and I Died (2:55)
• 15. My Heart Burns There Too (2:30)
• 16. Spider Attack (3:28)
• 17. You're All Grown Up (5:24)
• 18. Neibolt Escape (1:36)
• 19. Nothing Lasts Forever (4:18)
• 20. Goodbye (0:54)
• 21. Stan's Letter (4:18)

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