“For the drama, Newman looked to craft a striking orchestral score, which evoked intensely dramatic action, while befitting more nuanced moments.” – Deadline
Lakeshore Records has released Operation Mincemeat—Soundtrack From The Netflix Film featuring music by Academy Award-nominated, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer Thomas Newman (Skyfall, Bridge of Spies). The album outside of the Americas is titled Operation Mincemeat—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The striking orchestral score, which evokes both intensely dramatic action as well as more nuanced moments is an integral element of the film’s thrillingly classic storytelling.
Directed by John Madden and starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Operation Mincemeat opens in UK theaters today and in select U.S. theaters May 6. The film will premiere in the U.S. on Netflix May 11. The film is produced by See-Saw Films and Cohen Media Group, in association with Archery Pictures.
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Listen]
01. Submarine Rises
03. Room 13
04. Fresh as a Daisy
05. Briefcase in Madrid
06. Our Story Begins…
07. Single Diamond Ring
08. I’m Going To Get Lit Up (When The Lights Go Up In London) – Carroll Gibbons and The Savoy Hotel Orpheans
09. Gulf of Cádiz
10. War Hero
11. Deader and Deader
12. Last Lovely Golden Day
13. Haversack Ruse
15. Holy Loch
16. Dull as Ditchwater
18. Jean Leslie
19. Peckin’ – Roger Wilson, Martin Litton, Richard Henry, Peter Rudeforth, Gary Crosby, Denys Baptiste, Colin Skinner & Richard Pite
20. The Burial is Set
21. Officer in the Royal Marines
22. Dangerous Waters
23. A Missing Eyelash
24. Fifth Column
25. A Spy Under My Roof
26. Operation Mincemeat
27. Limited Casualties
28. Fallen Soldier – James Morgan
29. Personal and Most Secret
ABOUT THOMAS NEWMAN
Thomas Newman is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most prominent composers for film. He has composed music for more than 80 motion pictures and television series and has earned fourteen Academy Award nominations, one Emmy Award and six Grammy Awards.
He is the youngest son of Alfred Newman (1900-1970), the longtime musical director of 20th Century Fox and the composer of scores for such films as Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Diary of Anne Frank and All About Eve. As a child, Thomas pursued basic music and piano studies. However, it was not until after his father’s death that the younger Newman, then age 14, felt charged with the desire to write. He later studied composition and orchestration at USC with Professor Frederick Lesemann and noted film composer David Raksin, and privately with composer George Tremblay. He completed his academic work at Yale University, studying with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie and Robert Moore. Newman also gratefully acknowledges the early influence of another prominent musician, the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who served as a great mentor and champion.
A turning point in Newman’s career took place while he was working as a musical assistant on the 1984 film, Reckless, for which he soon was promoted to the position of composer. And so, at the age of 27, Newman successfully composed his first film score. Since then he has contributed distinctive and evocative scores to many acclaimed films, including Desperately Seeking Susan, The Lost Boys, The Rapture, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Player, Scent of a Woman, Flesh and Bone, The Shawshank Redemption, Little Women, American Buffalo, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Oscar and Lucinda, The Horse Whisperer, Meet Joe Black, American Beauty, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, In The Bedroom, Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Cinderella Man, Jarhead, Little Children, The Good German, Revolutionary Road, Wall-E, The Help, The Iron Lady, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Skyfall, Spectre, Victoria & Abdul, The Highwaymen, Tolkien, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, and the critically acclaimed 1917. Newman also composed the music for HBO’s acclaimed 6-hour miniseries Angels in America directed by Mike Nichols. He received an Emmy Award for his theme for the HBO original series Six Feet Under. His current film projects include director John Madden’s Operation Mincemeat, director Marc Forster’s White Bird: A Wonder Story, and Amblin Entertainment’s The Last Voyage of the Demeter.
In addition to his work in film and television, Newman has composed several works for the concert stage, including the symphonic work Reach Forth Our Hands, commissioned in 1996 by the Cleveland Orchestra to commemorate their city’s bicentennial, as well as At Ward’s Ferry, Length 180 ft., a concerto for double bass and orchestra commissioned in 2001 by the Pittsburgh Symphony. His latest concert piece was a chamber work entitled It Got Dark, commissioned by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet in 2009. As part of a separate commission by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the work was expanded and adapted for symphony orchestra and string quartet, and premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall in December of 2009. In October 2014, Newman and musician Rick Cox released “35 Whirlpools Below Sound,” an evocative, contemporary collection of avant-garde electronic soundscapes which the two collaborators developed over a period of 25 years, and which constitutes a fascinating departure from Newman’s work in film music. Newman also was commissioned by the prestigious Joffrey Ballet in Chicago to compose the score for a new ballet adaptation of the Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men, which is scheduled to premiere in April of 2022.
It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, and plan to launch an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge – how to protect the invasion force from potential annihilation. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war – centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to turn the tide for the Allies – taking impossibly high risks, defying logic, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point.
Notes Newman: “John Madden is the perfect collaborator. Whip-smart, full of humor and a savvy listener. He always has one ear on the drama, the other on the subtleties of color and harmony. (He’s also an excellent cook!) The music to OPERATION MINCEMEAT was written and recorded during high Covid, a time of great stress and insecurity. John never wavered. He was never impatient with the speed of our progress. We found the experience, like all our others, full of joy and discovery. I am grateful always for his wisdom, his sense of refinement, the belly laughs!