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The Music

The haunting, evocative music that complements the visual images in the film was composed by Steve Heitzeg and performed by Heitzeg along with Tom Linker, Laura Sewell, Zeitgeist, and nationally known instrumentalist Peter Ostroushko. Writer/Director John Whitehead comments, "Steve Heitzeg’s music has all the attributes of a venerable farmhouse: elegance, simplicity, and unpretentiousness."

Heitzeg is known for his orchestral and chamber works written in celebration of the natural world. His works frequently include naturally found instruments, such as stones, birch bark wind chimes, Catalpa tree pods, acorns, and shells.

Heitzeg attracted attention with the film score for PBS’ A Marriage: Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz (starring Jane Alexander) in 1991 and for the award-winning children’s video On the Day You Were Born for narrator and orchestra, released by the Minnesota Orchestra in 1996.

His music has been performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chanticleer, and the Dale Warland Singers, among others. In addition to concert and film music, Heitzeg composes ecoscores (intimate works with inventive musical syntax) that seek to honor the beauty and rights of nature.

Born and raised on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota, Steve Heitzeg brings musical as well as personal experience to his score for Death of the Dream.


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