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Zigman/Desplat score Mr. Magorium
13-Nov-2007 -




You have to believe it to see it.
Award-winning composers Aaron Zigman and Alexandre Desplat have scored Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a Twentieth Century Fox film written and directed by Zach Helm. "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" stars Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman and opens wide in the U.S November 16. Varese Sarabande has released the score CD November 13.

When a young pianist named Molly Mahoney (Portmman) inherits a magical toyshop from her eccentric 243-year-old boss, Mr. Magorium (Hoffman), she struggles with self-doubt. She learns to believe in herself, and finds that she does possess enough magic to run Mr. Magorium's shop by finding herself in places she's never imagined.

As a classically trained pianist, Zigman developed a strong musical foundation early in life, allowing him to work on everything from popular music to orchestral concert works. His incredible range has taken him from Industrial to Urban sounds for Alpha Dog, from a classical score to R&B with John Legend for Pride, as well as the epic score to Bridge to Terabithia. He began his musical career as a producer and arranger for notable popular music stars including Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Christina Aguilera and Seal. His numerous symphonic pieces include a 35 minute-long tone poem divided into five movements, composed as a tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin; and "Impressions," a suite for a wind ensemble. Zigman premiered his original concert work, "Vis Vitae," at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival.

Expanding his repertoire to include film, Zigman began to arrange and orchestrate for features such as "Mulan," "The Birdcage," "Licensed to Kill" and "Pocahontas." His work garnered the attention of director Nick Cassavetes, for whom he completed his first feature score for John Q., starring Denzel Washington. The two soon collaborated again on the box-office hit The Notebook, which the versatile composer scored in the musical style of the 1940s, performing it with vintage instruments and using period-specific recording instruments for an authentic sound.

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