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Comments about the soundtrack for The Queen (Alexandre Desplat)
An idiosyncratic score

Sheridan
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Jonathan Broxton
An idiosyncratic score   Friday, January 26, 2007 (12:57 p.m.) 

This score is highly idiosyncratic due to the fact that the composer use many types of instuments in an unusual way : this means that the composer using talented hapsichord and flute players to give fast and uptempo rhytms to the musical palette of the soundtrack in order to illustrate the uneasiness and tensions among Tony Blair and the members of the Royal Family and the British public, but he also using electronic devices, brasses and strings to give soft or powerful rhythms as accompaniment for the emotions of the main characters. This said, the Queen is recommended for those people who are open to hear unusual music.



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Re: An idiosyncratic score   Friday, January 26, 2007 (1:30 p.m.) 

> This score is highly idiosyncratic due to the fact that the composer use
> many types of instuments in an unusual way : this means that the composer
> using talented hapsichord and flute players to give fast and uptempo
> rhytms to the musical palette of the soundtrack in order to illustrate the
> uneasiness and tensions among Tony Blair and the members of the Royal
> Family and the British public, but he also using electronic devices,
> brasses and strings to give soft or powerful rhythms as accompaniment for
> the emotions of the main characters. This said, the Queen is recommended
> for those people who are open to hear unusual music.

I didn't think it was that unusual. You can't really have a harpsichord playing another way than the way it sounded in the film. What I did like was the way Desplat merged baroque-sounding instruments and modern musical palettes to convet the notion of old and new colliding: an old institution like the Royal Family being forced to modernise by the will of the public. Very clever.


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