Friday, July 17, 2009

Interlude: 'New Moon' original score

Before I have to change my blog title... 
...from 'Betti. Music. Twilight.' into 'Betti. Buttons. Twilight.' - thought I'd insert a little interlude on music again. 
Look at this personable guy:

It's Alexandre Desplat, composer of the 'New Moon' original score.
As much as I liked the fragile sweetness of Carter Burwell's work on 'Twilight', I'm admittedly really excited about having Monsieur Desplat for New Moon, since I liked his music in 'The Queen', 'Girl with the Pearl Earring', 'Syriana', 'The Painted Veil' and of course 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. 

And his musical genius aside...
...he looks like a guy I'd really would like to meet. No sex bomb at all, but attractive. 

Wouldn't mind if he played something for me, you know... maybe a solo piano version of 'The Water Wheel' (listen here) from Desplat's original score of 'The Painted Veil', the beautiful sad movie with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton. *swoon* 

At least, he's French (leave to your own imagination what THAT is supposed to mean in this context), with beautiful eyes and the hands of a piano player...

LOL - ok. No, really - without kidding: I'm eagerly looking forward to what he will create for 'New Moon'.


Mrs. Vanquish said...

I love the music in those films. Music in movies is so important, it transfers all the feelings...
But, I have to admit that - so far- I never cared about the people who make movie music.
Until now! Twilight changed that.. . Now I know even the name: Carter Burwell, this is definitely a premier for me.

I guess, as you are a musician too, this is so much different for you. That´s why i´d like to ask you as an expert if you think Bellas Lullaby was good translated?

Betti Gefecht, the addicted said...

Yes, I am the ultimate end credit junkie. Always the last to leave the theatre - LOL. And I would recognize a couple of film composers from their musical style even before I see their written names on the screen.

To answer your question, I suppose you mean whether Bella's Lullaby matches the description given in the book? - I honestly think, it doesn't.

While the melody quite has that little edgy course one could expect, it is lacking the complexitiy of different woven layers and conflicting themes as described by Stephenie Meyer.

Burwell kept it very simple, or at least Paul Murtha, the arranger did. It's a beautiful, uncommon and haunting melody, nontheless. And I think Carter Burwell did an excellent job with the Twilight score overall - his music was definitely an upgrade to the movie.

Mrs. Vanquish said...

Yes, I thought the same when I first heart the lullaby.
But as I´m far away from being a music expert I just thought they should know what they are doing there.

But honestly, I was quite disappointed.
Anyway, I agree that the rest is just pretty nice and I even bought the soundtrack ( actually I bought both..).

So whenever you find a something which fits better to Bella´s lullaby in the books, I´d be glad if you would let me know.

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Mrs. Robward said...

I'll take your professional opinion on all things musical.

I enjoyed the music on Twilight, ALL the pieces including Clair de Lune, Belly's Lullaby & even that Esme song are on my iPOd.

IMO they should ask you for 1 of ur original pieces =]


uhyesplease said...

I'm a soundtrack junkie too (once again, we have to chat about that!) and basically decided to quit playing bassoon when John Williams retired. Sad, I know....

Anyway - I actually liked Burwell's interpretation of Bella's Lullaby. It was very simple, but for me, it just worked out.

And, I'm sorry to admit, I'm really glad they didn't keep Rob's meananderings as the lullaby. I'm not saying he's a bad musician, but watching the extras I feel like they dodged a bullet on that one. It was a little second-hand embarrassing to watch!

*Runs and hides*

Betti Gefecht, the addicted said...

@ lagot
Glad you like it here in my weird little world.

@ Mrs. Robward
You make me blush.
I have Bella's Lullaby on my itunes too.
What I liked especially about the Twilight score, was the constant use of acoustic guitars... which made it very haunting and tasty.
It's only, that the vibe of the new score get's me excited and turmoiled... which the first didn't.

@ uhyesplease
I like the lullaby very much. (As you can read in my comment above).
As for Rob and the dvd extras - let's just assume, he didn't play to have the music recorded. And so he didn't really practise enough. He was just somewhat playing along with the playback to make it look plausible on the screen, kay?
I'm ABSOLUTELY SURE he can do much better.