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Sweet Land

by Mark Orton

Original soundtrack from the motion picture "Sweet Land".
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Inheritance Mark Orton
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2. Different Kinds of Happy Mark Orton
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3. Their Pie Mark Orton
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4. No Men? Mark Orton
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5. Magna Carta Mark Orton
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6. What Your Grandparents Want Mark Orton
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7. LongTrip, Eh? Mark Orton
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8. Where's Olaf? Mark Orton
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9. Brownie's Pie Mark Orton
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10. Else Jorgensdatter Mark Orton
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11. I Bring Music? Mark Orton
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12. Music From My Poppa Mark Orton
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13. Winnowing The Wheat Mark Orton
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14. Remembering Olaf Torvik Mark Orton
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15. Skam Deg! Mark Orton
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16. Eskimo Kisses Thomas Lieberman
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17. Wooden Whistle Mark Orton
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18. Northern Lights Mark Orton
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19. Music From My Poppa 2 Mark Orton
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20. Banking And Farming Mark Orton
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21. Where Does He Go? Mark Orton
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22. Harvest Mark Orton
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23. Quiet Breathing Haley Bonar
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24. Here It Is Good Mark Orton
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Album Notes
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival, Sweet Land is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

When Lars Torvik’s grandmother Inge dies in 2004, he is faced with a decision – sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land. Seeking advice, he turns to the memory of Inge and the stories that she had passed on to him.

Inge arrives in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry. Alone and adrift, Inge goes to live with the family of Olaf’s friend and neighbor Frandsen and his wife Brownie, where she learns the English language, American ways, and a hard-won independence.

Inge and Olaf slowly come to know each other, and against the backdrop of endless farmland and cathedral skies they fall in love, a man and woman united by the elemental forces of nature. Still unable to marry, they live together openly, despite the scorn of the neighbors and the disapproval of the local minister. But when his friend Frandsen’s farm is threatened by foreclosure, Olaf takes a stand, and the community unites around the young couple, finally accepting Inge as one of their own.
Based on Will Weaver’s short story A Gravestone Made of Wheat and shot on location in Southern Minnesota, Sweet Land is that rare independent feature that uses painterly images and understated performances to tell a universal story of love and discovery. David Tumblety’s glorious magic-hour cinematography recalls classic American art cinema like Days of Heaven, transforming the amber majesty of Southern Minnesota’s farm country into an elegiac metaphor for memory, family, and history.

Featuring supporting performances by veteran performers Ned Beatty, Paul Sand, and Lois Smith, Sweet Land is the story of immigrant America, made by the son of first-generation immigrants themselves.


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Jo B.

The music was so appropriate for this lovely story. Well done!

Sue E

Sweet Land
Absolutely love this music! The instrumentals are great! Movie is great too!


Wonderful movie, wonderful soundtrack.
This is a wonderful soundtrack full of beautiful music that takes the listener right back to the movie. Perfect movie and perfect music.

Gillette Kempf (Borealis Books)

Elemental, Haunting, Sublime
I loved this movie so much I had to buy the CD -- and I rarely buy CDs, let alone soundtracks. I adore this CD and listen to it all day at my bookstore. I strongly recommend listening to this CD while sitting in a comfy chair, reading Will Weaver short stories, and sipping coffee (black, made with too many beans).


My husband and I both love this soundtrack
As soon as I saw this movie I knew I had to get the soundtrack. CD Baby was the only place I could find it. The first week my husband and I were listening to it a couple times a day. I guess the music really speaks to us!


Both the music and the movie were wonderful. The CD case did arrive cracked, but that's okay I suppose. The music is beautiful.

Ellie Kilgore

Wonderful CD/Soundtrack - Wonderful Service From CD BABY!
I bought the CD for my daughter and I for Christmas...we love it!!! The music is exceptional-just like the movie. The two go hand in hand perfectly. It's wonderful to listen and remember the scene the music corresponds with. Because we are Native Minnesotan's the movie and music really touched our hearts and we are spreading the word to get out and see this work of art! CD Baby did a superb job of getting the CD to us so quickly and in perfect shape. WE LOVE CD BABY. And we love the follow up service they provide!

Thanks a million and Blessing in the New Year!!

Deb Georgitis

Sweet Land Soundtrack
I'm not sure which I liked better-the movie or the soundtrack!
Your company was a gem to work with. Thank you!

Will Weaver

Deeply moving tone piece
I'm the ultimate in biased reviewer--Sweet Land the movie is adapted from one of my short stories--but I love this sound track. Hearing it now on CD makes me realize even more how good and evocative the music is. Thanks, Tinhat Trio and Tom Lieberman.


I loved the movie Sweet Land and I loved the music soundtrack,
I loved all the different instruments in this CD. I also liked the traditional folk feel of the music along with a comtemporary sound to it too. I will enjoy this CD for a long time. Thanks
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