Trishna Art Presentation



Caldera Records is proud to present the original score for the movie Trishna from 2011, directed by Michael Winterbottom. The movie is loosely based on the famous novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy which was already filmed in the late 70s by Roman Polanski. Winterbottom decides to let the story take place in India where a working class girl falls in love with a businessman. Although they have mutual feelings, it seems impossible to pursue their happiness due to their different traditions and upbringings. Their struggle is put into notes by Shigeru Umebayashi (2046, House of Flying Daggers) who delivers probably the saddest music of his outstanding career. His soundtrack consists of several themes for string orchestra. While the waltz for Trishna works as a homage to Umebayashi’s famous piece for Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love, his theme for Trishna and Jay and the heartfelt main theme run through the album in elegant variations, showing the emotional struggle of the films main characters. The ninth CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet-text by Gergely Hubai and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg.

Music Composed by Shigeru Umebayashi

Album Produced by Stephan Eicke
Executive Producers for Caldera Records: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke
Produced by Revolution Films
Recorded at Angel Studios London
Orchestrator and Conductor: Tony Hinnigan

1. Trishna’s Waltz (2:32)
2. Theme (3:09)
3. Trishna and Jay (3:23)
4. Trishna’s Cello (1:40)
5. Start on a Journey (1:32)
6. Her Family’s Life (1:50)
7. Trishna’s Waltz II (1:46)
8. Trishna and Jay II (3:46)
9. Talk About Love (1:49)
10. Trishna’s Cello II (1:42)
11. Trishna’s Waltz III (2:49)
12. Trishna Killed Jay (3:17)
13. Trishna’s Cello III (2:06)
14. Our Rajasthan (2:44)
15. Trishna’s Soul (4:03)

Listen to a 5 min clip here:


Order the CD here:

Screen Archives (US)

Soundtrack-Club (Germany)

Soundtrack Corner (Germany)

Rosebud (Spain)

Music Box Records (France)

Paradoxe Perdu (Switzerland)


“Stunning, one of my favorites this year!”

“Shigeru Umebayashi wrote an elegant and refined soundtrack with a delicate balance between melancholy and optimism, sadness and happiness. The main theme, a waltz, for the protagonist is beautiful and receives various transformations.”

“Shigeru Umebayashi’s “Trishna” is quite a mesmerising work – hypnotic almost, through its repeating motifs and minimal orchestrations. The score displays fragments of lyricism, but the composer applies a great restraint.”

“There is not a single wasted note or sound in “Trishna”. Every once in a while comes a perfect score like this one, a score you know from the first moment is going to be special. This is a magnificent musical rendition of a forbidden love story. The almost 40 minutes of score are filled to the brim with emotions, questions, moments and, above all, sweepingly beautiful music.”

“Composer Umebeyashi has created an immensely sad score that seems to offer little hope for the lovers as it focuses on their seeming impossible romance. the score is driven by the seething sorrow of his gloomy love theme for Trishna and Jay, poignantly played on violin against cello counterpoint and collected strings in its introduction, and reprised variously throughout the score. The waltz theme is also reflected in a number of variegated renderings as the two despondent motifs carry the weight of their depression across the story’s arc, but despite the languid tone of the music, Umebayashi keeps these themes progressing and shifting, settling into a kind of resolution to be had at album’s end. Despite the score’s overall despondency, like Trishna herself the music finds dignity in sad circumstances, and the impassioned performances of the melodies really give the music a delicate beauty.”

“How beautiful it is! It is a wonderful discovery you shouldn’t miss.”

“This is definitely a beautiful movie score to keep you company while you are walking around on a rainy day. Highly recommended to those movie score friends who are willing to confide their hearts to a group of sad strings for an emotionally resonant experience.”



  1. Prashant Dhanavade
    Prashant Dhanavade07-05-2015


    WIsh to buy mp3 of Trishna. Let me know how to proceed ? Thanks !

    • Elborg

      Dear Prashant,
      Thanks for your interest! TRISHNA will be available on iTunes in a few weeks! Follow us on Facebook where we will announce the availability!


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