The National's Bryce Dessner Details Score for 'The Two Popes'

His music for the Fernando Meirelles film arrives next month
The National's Bryce Dessner Details Score for 'The Two Popes'
Nearly a year on from announcing his involvement in the film, the National's Bryce Dessner has detailed his soundtrack for The Two Popes.

Dessner's score for Fernando Meirelles's film will arrive December 6 through Milan Records. You can find its cover art above. Dessner has also shared "Walls 2" alongside the news, and you can hear that track below.

Dessner called working with the cast and team on The Two Popes "an absolute joy" in a statement:

In particular I have always been a huge fan of director Fernando Mereilles and it was an honour to finally work directly on a film with him. His work is deeply musical and it was a wonderful journey to find the sound world for The Two Popes, which began with the intimate and incredible performances of Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. This was the first film I've worked on a score where I got to visit the set as they were shooting in Rome for a few days and began composing in the room with the actors and crew. The score has moments of more abstract minimal and layered orchestral music which I wrote for Benedict's scenes, and then music inspired by Argentina folk music (in particular Mercedes Sosa and Dinu Saluzzi) for which I spent a lot of time composing for the classical guitar again.

The Two Popes stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The film will arrive on Netflix December 20, following a release in U.S. theatres on November 27.

Dessner is set to appear on a posthumous Leonard Cohen album arriving next week. In August, he released an album with Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Eighth Blackbird.

The Two Popes (Music from the Netflix Film):

1. Bryce Dessner - "Walls"
2. Mercedes Sosa - "Cuando Tenga la Tierra"
3. Bryce Dessner - "Dialogues"
4. Bryce Dessner - "Vote Counting"
5. Bryce Dessner - "Ratzinger Election"
6. Bryce Dessner - "Garden Dialogues"
7. Bryce Dessner - "Was It Something I Said"
8. Bryce Dessner - "Shifting Gardens"
9. Bryce Dessner - "Cathedral"
10. Bryce Dessner - "Bergoglio's Awakening"
11. Bryce Dessner - "Siete de Abril"
12. Bryce Dessner - "Dirty War"
13. Bryce Dessner - "Taken Away and Tortured"
14. Bryce Dessner - "They Took Esther"
15. Bryce Dessner - "Another Bergoglio"
16. Bryce Dessner - "Walls 2"
17. Bryce Dessner - "Pope Francis"
18. Bryce Dessner - "Sombras de Buenos Aires"
19. Dino Saluzzi - "Minguito"
20. Tinariwen - "Sastanàqqàm"
21. Ray Conniff & His Orchestra - "Besame Mucho"