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‘Moonlight’ Score: Listen to Nicholas Britell’s Moving Compositions

The soundtrack also features songs by Goodie Mob, Boris Gardiner and Barbara Lewis.




Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” is a beautifully made drama that explores the life of a young man’s struggles, told across three defining chapters of his life, as he grapples with his sexuality and broken family. The movie premiered at this year’s Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals to critical acclaim. To accompany the film’s moving story, Nicholas Britell composed a hypnotic and emotional score, that you can listen to below.

The “Moonlight” soundtrack features 18 original composition from the award-winning pianist, as well as songs by Goodie Mob, Boris Gardiner, Barbara Lewis and a piece by Mozart as featured in the movie. The album was released digitally on October 21, with the hardcopy to be made available on November 25, and a vinyl release in the works.

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“Moonlight” stars Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali. In its limited release opening weekend, the film exceeded expectations, earning $445,552 in four theaters.

Britell’s previous credits include scores for the 2009 film “New York, I Love You,” Natalie Portman’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” “The Big Short” and “Free State of Jones.” His music was also featured in Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film “12 Years a Slave.”

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“Moonlight” opened in more big cities this weekend and will be released nationwide on November 4.

Enjoy the drama’s entire soundtrack below.

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