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My Week with Marilyn [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
     

My Week with Marilyn [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Alexandre Desplat
 
Conrad Pope is the credited composer for the score of My Week with Marilyn, but, as indicated on this soundtrack album, his work has been augmented significantly. Pope is better known as an orchestrator and conductor than as a composer, which may be why the producers seem to have hedged their bets by bringing in the more famous Alexandre Desplat, who gets an

Overview

Conrad Pope is the credited composer for the score of My Week with Marilyn, but, as indicated on this soundtrack album, his work has been augmented significantly. Pope is better known as an orchestrator and conductor than as a composer, which may be why the producers seem to have hedged their bets by bringing in the more famous Alexandre Desplat, who gets an album cover credit for having composed "Marilyn's Theme," actually the leadoff track, but who also has another nine cues among the 26 heard on the album. That's the same number as Pope. The remaining tracks include some period source music heard in the film, such as hits by Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, as well as performances by the actress Michelle Williams, who plays Marilyn Monroe, of songs associated with Monroe, albeit not ones actually associated with the events of this film. My Week with Marilyn is based on the memoirs of filmmaker Colin Clark (son of Sir Kenneth Clark) concerning his first movie job, when he managed to get hired as an assistant right out of college on The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh). The additions of production numbers at the start and end of My Week with Marilyn that find Williams singing "Nothin' Goes Right," "Heat Wave," and "That Old Black Magic" may be gratuitous, but they are entertaining. Pope, as his orchestration talent demonstrates, has an ability to handle pastiches, which he does on "Colin Joins the Circus" and "Eton Schoolyard," both of which suggest post-swing big-band jazz. He also writes some lighthearted adventure music to get across Clark's innocent enthusiasm for filmmaking. Desplat handles most of the ponderous and poignant music associated with the delicate and damaged Marilyn Monroe, and he has classical pianist Lang Lang to play it for him. The overall result is a varied collection of music for a sweet, sentimental movie that illuminates the shadows in some famous lives of the mid-'50s.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2011
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886979836723
catalogNumber:
798367

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alexandre Desplat   Primary Artist
Dean Martin   Vocals
John Barclay   Trumpet
Dave Bishop   Tenor Saxophone
Nat King Cole   Vocals
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Jamie Talbot   Clarinet
Dave Arch   Piano
Conrad Pope   Conductor
Michelle Williams   Vocals
Lang Lang   Piano
Chris Baron   Percussion
Karen Jones   Flute
Nicholas Bucknall   Clarinet
Tropicana Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Richard Addinsell   Original Material
Irving Berlin   Original Material
Hoagy Carmichael   Original Material
Harold Arlen   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Lyricist
Peter Cobbin   Engineer
Daniel Indart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Lyricist
Jacques Prévert   Lyricist
Conrad Pope   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Score Producer,Original Material
Harold Adamson   Original Material
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Nan Schwartz   Orchestration
Richard Dehr   Songwriter
Frank Miller   Songwriter
David Krane   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Coach
Nick Taylor   Engineer
Clifford Jay Tasner   Orchestration
Olga Fitzroy   Vocal Recording
Alexandre Desplat   Composer
Thomas Bowes   Orchestra Leader
Alison Wright   Score Supervisor
Terry Davies   Vocal Coach
Various Composers   Composer
Christopher Hassall   Original Material
Bill Newlin   Orchestration
Jon Charles   Orchestration
Charlotte Matthews   Assistant Contractor
Helen Yates   Assistant Music Supervisor
Jesus a. Perez-Alvarez   Composer

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