The Hours (soundtrack)

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The Hours
Soundtrack album by Philip Glass
Released 2002
Genre Soundtrack
Label Elektra/Nonesuch
Philip Glass chronology
The Baroness and the Pig
(2002)The Baroness and the Pig2002
The Hours
The Fog of War
(2003)The Fog of War2003

The Hours is the original soundtrack album, on the Elektra/Nonesuch label, of the 2002 film The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. The original score was composed by Philip Glass.

Not all of the music in the film was composed specifically for it: earlier music by Glass, including a theme from his opera Satyagraha, was also featured and credited separately at the end of the film.

The album won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (lost to the score of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers).

Michael Riesman and Nico Muhly arranged the soundtrack for piano solo. This score was published in 2003 as a 64-paged book containing most of the tracks (excluding "For Your Own Benefit", "Vanessa and the Changelings" and "The Kiss").

Track listing[edit]

No. Song title Time
1. The Poet Acts 03:40
2. Morning Passages 05:30
3. Something She Has to Do 03:09
4. "For Your Own Benefit" 02:00
5. Vanessa and the Changelings 01:45
6. "I'm Going to Make a Cake" 04:01
7. An Unwelcome Friend 04:08
8. Dead Things 04:21
9. The Kiss 03:54
10. "Why Does Someone Have to Die?" 03:53
11. Tearing Herself Away 05:00
12. Escape! 03:48
13. Choosing Life 03:50
14. The Hours 07:44
Total time 56:43
Preceded by
Moulin Rouge!
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Succeeded by
Cold Mountain