Frida (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by Elliot Goldenthal
Released October 22, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Latin
Avante garde
Length 50:26
Label Universal
289 474 150-2
Producer Matthias Gohl
Elliot Goldenthal chronology
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
The Good Thief (2002)

Frida is the original soundtrack album, on the Universal label, of the 2002 Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning film Frida starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Mía Maestro and Ashley Judd. The original score was composed by Elliot Goldenthal. The soundtrack features songs by various artists.

The score[edit]

The album won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. At the World Soundtrack Awards it won two awards: "Best Original Soundtrack of the Year" and "Soundtrack Composer of the Year".

In Frida, the approach I took scoring the music is that of melodic intimacy (scoring with melodies or tunes as opposed to motific fragments). To achieve additional intimacy I choose a small ensemble of acoustic instruments: the small Mexican guitar (Vihuela), standard classical guitar, Mexican bass guitar (guitarron), accordion, Mexican harp, marimba, and glass armonica (a Benjamin Franklin invention). I found that the guitars provided the full range of lyricism and percussion I needed.
Mexican music cannot be generalized, it varies greatly from one region to the next, but in its folkloric music there is a certain harmonic fingerprint, the use of consecutive thirds and a proud avoidance of over-complex harmonies. I found that if I adhered to this essential harmonic signature, and stayed very honest with my melodies, the movie invited me in. - Elliot Goldenthal


Track listing[edit]

  1. Benediction and Dream - Performed by Lila Downs (2:31)
  2. The Floating Bed (1:29)
  3. El Conejo - Performed by Cojolites (2:29)
  4. Paloma Negra - Performed by Chavela Vargas (3:17)
  5. Self-Portrait With Hair Down (1:09)
  6. Alcoba Azul - Performed by Lila Downs (1:36)
  7. Carabina 30/30 - Performed by El Poder Del Norte (2:43)
  8. Solo Tú (1:22)
  9. El Gusto - Performed by Trio Huasteco Caimanes de Tamuin (2:18)
  10. The Journey (2:56)
  11. El Antifaz - Performed by Liberacion, Miguel Galindo, Alejandro Marehuala, Gerardo Garcia (2:28)
  12. The Suicide of Dorothy Hale (0:48)
  13. La Calavera (1:40)
  14. La Bruja - Performed by Salma Hayek and Los Vega (1:57)
  15. Portrait of Lupe (2:13)
  16. La Llorona - Performed by Chavela Vargas (2:22)
  17. Estrella Oscura - Performed by Lila Downs (1:48)
  18. Still Life (1:31)
  19. Viva la Vida - Performed by Trio / Marimberos (2:16)
  20. The Departure (2:13)
  21. Coyoacán and Variations (2:34)
  22. La Llorona - Performed by Lila Downs & Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitián (2:20)
  23. Burning Bed (1:08)
  24. Burn It Blue - Performed by Caetano Veloso and Lila Downs (7:58)


  • Music Composed by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Music Produced by Teese Gohl and Elliot Goldenthal
  • Orchestrated by Elliot Goldenthal and Robert Elhai
  • Orchestra Conducted by Stephen Mercurio
  • Recorded and Mixed by Joel Iwataki
  • Electronic Music Produced by Richard Martinez
  • Music Editor: Curtis Roush


External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring
Academy Award for Best Original Score
Succeeded by
The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
Preceded by
Moulin Rouge!
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Succeeded by
The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
Preceded by
The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring
World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Soundtrack
Succeeded by
Cold Mountain