Schindler's List (soundtrack)

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Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Schindler's List cover artwork.jpg
Film score by John Williams
Released 1994
Studio Sony Pictures Studios
Symphony Hall, Boston
Genre Soundtrack
Length 64:35
Label MCA
Producer John Williams
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Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score of the 1993 film of the same name, composed and conducted by John Williams. The original score and songs were composed by Williams, and features violinist Itzhak Perlman.[1]

The album won the Academy Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. It also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score.

Theme from Schindler's List is one of the most recognized contemporary film scores, particularly the violin solo. Many high-level figure skaters have used this in their programs, including Katarina Witt, Irina Slutskaya, Johnny Weir, and Yulia Lipnitskaya.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme from Schindler's List" – 4:15
  2. "Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto - Winter '41)" – 4:40
  3. "Immolation (With Our Lives, We Give Life)" – 4:44
  4. "Remembrances" – 4:20
  5. "Schindler's Workforce" – 9:08
  6. "Afn Pripetshek / Nacht Aktion" (with Li-Ron Choir) – 2:56
  7. "I Could Have Done More" – 5:52
  8. "Auschwitz-Birkenau" – 3:41
  9. "Stolen Memories" – 4:20
  10. "Making the List" – 5:11
  11. "Give Me Your Names" – 4:55
  12. "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold)" – 2:17
  13. "Remembrances (with Itzhak Perlman)" – 5:17
  14. "Theme from Schindler's List (Reprise)" – 2:59

Not on the soundtrack[edit]

Other tracks that appear in the film, but not in the soundtrack, are the epic "Exodus" for mixed choir and orchestra by Wojciech Kilar as the trailer music in the film, an instrumental arrangement of the song "Szomorú Vasárnap" by Rezső Seress, the famous tango "Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera, the German schlager "Die Holzauktion" ("Im Grunewald ist Holzauktion") by Franz Meißner in Otto Teich's version[4] as well as "Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann", "In einem kleinen Café in Hernals", and the German marching song Erika (Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein) by Herms Niel. Also Polish hit songs "To ostatnia niedziela" and "Miłość ci wszystko wybaczy" are featured in the film. Bach’s English Suite No. 2, which is played during the searching in the ghetto, is also missing.[citation needed]

Also not included on the soundtrack disc album but was played during the film was Wilhelm Strienz’ version of Gute Nacht Mutter; it played as the Jewish women were being led from the train to the gas chambers.

Mamatschi performed by German Cabaret singer Mimi Thoma is played on loudspeakers in the camp, when the children are taken away on trucks.


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (8 January 2012). "John Williams and Steven Spielberg mark 40 years of collaboration". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ German-language Wikipedia article
  5. ^ "British album certifications – John Williams – Schindler's List - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Schindler's List - OST in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – John Williams – Schindler's List (Soundtrack)". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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