Composer Lesley Barber and the music of Manchester by the Sea

November 01, 2016 11:57am

This week we talk with Composer Lesley Barber who recently worked on Director Kenneth Lonergan's new film, Manchester by the Sea starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.

Barber previously worked with Lonergan on his acclaimed debut feature, “You Can Count On Me,” and she has provided music for films such as “Mansfield Park,” “Hysterical Blindness,” “A Price Above Rubies,” and “When Night Is Falling.” For ‘Manchester,’ Barber utilized harmonized vocal performances and atmospheric orchestral work to create a memorable score that makes an excellent companion to the classical pieces curated by the award-winning music supervisor Linda Cohen.

After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised.

The “Manchester By The Sea” original soundtrack album will be available on November 18th via Milan Records. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are releasing the film theatrically on that same day. Listen to “Manchester Minimalist Piano and Strings” by Lesley Barber below.