They've done it again! First, PRIDE
AND PREJUDICE - which won an Oscar nomination for Best
Original Score in 2006. And now ATONEMENT - which has proven to be a real
WINNER! Film music composer DARIO MARIANELLI and pianist JEAN-YVES
THIBAUDET's second artistic collaboration has won both the 2008
GOLDEN GLOBE and ACADEMY AWARDS for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE.
These coveted awards are a sure sign that the young London-based, Italian-born
MARIANELLI is well on his way to becoming the dean of film music composers
- the heir to John Williams as some have suggested. As to the celebrated
THIBAUDET - ATONEMENT is yet another affirmation of his unabashed fondness
for movies, as heard in a video
interview with FanFaire in which he shares his very
refreshingly down-to-earth views on movie music.
in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, in ATONEMENT, which is THIBAUDET's fourth foray
into film, it is the first piano note that sets off the movie's plaintive
theme, which is interestingly preceded by the rhythmic clacking of typewriter
keys (but puzzling to listeners of the CD who, having no clue about the
plot, are likely to attribute the strange sounds to a defective disc).
in this musical prologue, piano and typewriter keys are in a race with
the violins of the English Chamber Orchestra, the ensemble's increasingly
robust sounds culminating in an almost frenzied crescendo. It is Marianelli's
inspired way of subtly weaving his music into the fabric of the story
- one that takes shape in 1935 (when the typewriter was the most mechanically
advanced device for the transference of thought to paper) - of a romance
brought to a tragic end by a young writer's imagination run wild.
more than a prop, the typewriter is a de facto, not-so-silent
character materially present in the movie from beginning to end.
It is clear from the inclusion of the clatter of keys in the score
that the music, more than accessory or decoration, was a very organic
element in the development of this movie.
MARIANELLI a virtually co-equal partner with the director, JOE WRIGHT,
in the crafting of the film - which was how it also worked out in
the case of PRIDE and PREJUDICE
- their first collaboration and WRIGHT's first film.
back to the music, as we usually know it... there are parts in the
score in which THIBAUDET's piano cedes or shares the limelight, if
you will, with another solo instrument - CAROLINE DALE's cello.
Whether played solo or in a seeming dialogue with the piano, the result
is hauntingly beautiful music that traverses the emotional hills and
valleys of this dark, gothic period tale of love and intrigue caught
in a war between nations and social classes.
MORE MUSIC CLIPS:
Click on title below to listen and be at least halfway convinced that the
music indeed tells much of the story. Surely the melody will linger in your