Quills (Original Soundtrack)

Quills (Original Soundtrack)

by Stephen Warbeck
     
 

The dazzling music for the film Quills will knock your socks off. Written by Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot, Mrs. Brown), the score reflects the struggle of its protagonist, the Marquis de Sade (played by Geoffrey Rush), with an eclectic mix of styles that juxtaposesSee more details below

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The dazzling music for the film Quills will knock your socks off. Written by Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot, Mrs. Brown), the score reflects the struggle of its protagonist, the Marquis de Sade (played by Geoffrey Rush), with an eclectic mix of styles that juxtaposes classical period orchestration, rhythms, and harmonies with contemporary sounds and instrumentations. In addition to incorporating a full orchestra, Warbeck includes both a choir that can sound both cherubic ("The Convent") and eerily lascivious ("Dream of Madeleine") and unexpected instruments such as pipes and drain pipes played in and out of water, didjeridoo, and prepared strings, all used with ingenuity and wit, especially in "Aphrodisiac." He also brings into the fray the Lunatic Band, whose members play standard instruments tuned to unusual string tunings ("The Printing Press") or "prepared" in some alternative fashion (i.e. the strings are treated with a foreign object, such as a paper clip). Warbeck's music aptly fits the film's subject matter, with twists and turns on every track, as he constantly plays light against dark. Specifically, the spine-tingling "The Marquis' Cell at Charenton" mixes crazed voices and sounds, which lead to a Psycho-like string section that's both celestial and demonic. Simply captivating, Warbeck's score captures the spirit of the wicked black comedy/thriller with ease.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Quills, Philip Kaufman's gripping biopic about the Marquis de Sade, features an appropriately thrilling, sardonic score by Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck. As with his work on Shakespeare in Love and Mrs. Brown, here Warbeck blends the feeling of the film's period -- in this case, late 18th century France -- with a modern sensibility that results in a compelling piece of film music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266373727
catalogNumber:
63737

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Warbeck   Primary Artist,Piano Strings
Nick Cooper   Cello
Tim Harries   Bass
Sarah Homer   Bass Clarinet,Human Whistle
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Graeme Taylor   Mandolin,Cittern
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Dave Powell   Serpent
John Parricelli   Guitar,Mandolin,Cittern
Rolf Wilson   Concert Master
Paul Clarvis   Drums,Stick
Richard Henry   Trombone,Pipe,Bass Trombone,Didjeridu

Technical Credits

Chris Dibble   Engineer
Stephen Warbeck   Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Caroline Ulrich   Art Direction

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