‘Manhunt’ Composer Bryce Dessner on Scoring Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination with ‘Dark Twisted American Folk Music’

When Bryce Dessner got the call asking him to score the music for “Manhunt,” Apple TV+’s thrilling limited series about the search for John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, it was an easy yes for him. .

Not only did he and his brother Aaron grow up in West Virginia, they named the national songs after Civil War battlefields.

Early in the process, showrunner and creator Monica Beletsky sought out Dessner and together they explored ideas for what the music would sound like. The seven-part limited series follows Edwin Stanton (Tobias Menzies), Lincoln’s closest confidante and Secretary of War,…

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