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Alexandre Desplat's Tamara Drewe
10-Oct-2010 - Silva Screen Records has released the score for Tamara Drewe. Inspired by Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, Tamara Drewe started life as a cartoon series in the Review section of the Guardian in 2005, gently satirising the English middle classes. Alexandre Desplat’s spirited score to Stephen Frears’ humorous and romantic film is based on Posy Simmonds’ well-loved graphic novel. In Tamara Drewe, Desplat’s animated contemporary orchestral score is driven by tuned percussion leitmotifs. It leads the story and underwrites the pauses between the action, enabling the film’s narrative to skip from darker to lighter moments. There’s an energy driven by both the dramaturgy, the choral structure of the characters, and the dark humour of the film. Desplat comments “I let the audience appreciate the moments of emotion… Leave space for the acting moments and the strong emotional moments to be by themselves, without pushing with the music”.

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