Alexandre Desplat's Soundtrack for The Danish Girl is Now Released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon
Composer, orchestrator, conductor, Academy Award winner and eight-time nominee, Alexandre Desplat has over one hundred scores and numerous awards to his credit and is considered one of the most respected French film scoring masters. He returns with the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film, The Danish Girl, available digitally and now available on CD on February 26, 2016.
The remarkable love story at the center of The Danish Girl was inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, here portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech and Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
A true cinephile, Desplat's approach to film composition is not only based on his musicality, but also on his understanding of Cinema, which allows him to intimately communicate with directors. Inspired by the works of Maurice Jarre, Bernard Herrmann, Nino Rota and Georges Delerue, he expressed his desire to compose for Cinema early on only made his decision after listening to John Williams's score for Star Wars.
Raised by a Greek mother and French father who studied and were married in California, he grew up listening to the French composers Ravel and Debussy, World Music and Jazz. He studied piano and trumpet before choosing the flute and broadened his classical musical education through the study of Brazilian and African Music, which later will lead him to record with Carlinhos Brown and Ray Lema. While composing for Cinema and Television he began to write for Theater companies such as La Comédie Française, which allowed him to understand the importance of dramaturgy and how to carefully adapt chis music to an actor's performance.
Desplat composed the score and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for the recording. Thus far, the score has won the Hollywood Film Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe.