Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of THE MONUMENTS MEN Released Today
Sony Music has announced the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Monuments Men, featuring new music by the leading film composer Alexandre Desplat. Billed as "the greatest treasure hunt in history," The Monuments Men was directed by George Clooney, who has a starring role alongside a distinguished cast including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Dimitri Leonidas, and Cate Blanchett, and a cameo performance by composer Alexandre Desplat.
The French composer Alexandre Desplat burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 by composing a much-admired score for The Girl With the Pearl Earring. By that time he was already an experienced writer of movie music. He has contributed to over 100 films, both commercial and independent, in France and Hollywood, received five Oscar nominations, and won Golden Globe and Grammy awards. Desplat has also composed for the theatre, including the Comedie Francaise. He has conducted performances of his music by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as giving master classes at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Royal College of Music in London. His movie music was written for a variety of highly successful films, including Twilight Saga: New Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (parts 1 and 2), and includes five Oscar-nominated soundtracks: for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Queen, The King's Speech, The Fantastic Mr Fox and Argo.
The compositions for The Monument Men demonstrate the full range of Desplat's talent at creating big orchestral sounds and evoking many emotions, in this case with recurring themes and a generally upbeat mood. The opening track, "The Roosevelt Mission", is a call to arms emphasising brass instruments, followed by an "Opening Titles" track that marches along cheerfully. "Champagne" introduces variety, with a sparkling music-box sound and waltz rhythm that gradually becomes more dramatic, while "Stokes Talks" is a beautiful little set-piece of keyboard melody over serene strings. Suspense and excitement ("Sniper") and tenderness ("Jean-Claude Dies") are also present. "Stahl's Chalet" is a short burst of jolly dance music, contrasting with a nine-minute "Finale" that shows Desplat's ability to write a prolonged piece in symphonic style. "End Titles" features a whistled tune that harks back to older war movies, and the soundtrack ends with a touching rendering by Nora Segal of the classic song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".