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Alexandre Desplat (1961-    )

Parisian born Alexandre Desplat has a broader musical experience than many film composers. As a boy he studied piano, trumpet and flute, winning several prizes during his music education. Despite this classical training, he has also performed with a number of Jazz and World artists. In the late 1980s his career moved towards film composing, and he scored more than 50 French and European films before his more recent move towards Hollywood funded movies. Following a number of English language US films, it was Girl with a Pearl Earring which really made Hollywood take notice of this composer. This was quickly followed by his critically acclaimed score to Birth (2004) starring Nicole Kidman. This movie has an unusual story, and Desplat created suitably unusual music to accompany it. From a creative perspective the music offers many sections of the orchestra a chance to shine either with solos or small groups of instruments, though the abiding memory is the haunting minimalist line with flutes and celeste and the truly unsettling sub-bass which generates an almost physical response in the listener. Since then the composer has gone from strength to strength in terms of recognition. Hostage (2005) and Syriana (2005) - which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and The Painted Veil (2006), earning Desplat the coveted Golden Globe award and The Queen (2006), giving him nominations from both Bafta and Oscar.

COMPOSITIONS                                                      Desplat Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~    Desplat on Desplat
Ki Lo Sa, film score (1986)
Le Sirocco Bleu, ballet (1989)
Family Express, film score (1991)
Lapse of Memory, film score (1992)
Papa veut pas que je t'epouse, TV film score (1992)
Sexes Faibles, film score (1992)
The Hour of the Pig, film score (1993)
J'aime pas qu'on m'aime, TV film score (1993)
Jour de Fauche, film score (1993)
L'Opera des Gueux (Beggar's Opera), opera (1994)
Regarde les Hommes Tomber, film score (1994)
Le Paradis Absolument, TV film score (1994)
Quand je serai grand, mon père il sera policier, film score (1995)
Marie-Louise ou La Permission, film score (1995)
Innocent Lies, film score (1995)
Les Milles, film score (1995)
Le Montreur de Boxe, film score (1996)
Passage à l'acte, film score (1996)
Tout ce qui Brille, TV film score (1996)
Un Petit Grain de Folie, TV film score (1996)
Le Cri de la Soie, film score (1996)
Love Etc., film score (1996)
Un héros très discret, film score (1996)
La Voisine, film score (1997)
Revengers' Comedies, film score (1997)
Une Chance sur Deux, film score (1998)
Atilano, Presidente, film score (1998)
The Revengers' Comedies, film score (1998)
Petits Nuages d'Été, TV film score (1998)
Une Minute de Silence, film score (1998)
Restons Groupes, film score (1998)
Monsieur Naphtali, film score (1999)
Retour à Fonteyne, TV film score (1999)
Le Chateau des Singes, animated film score (1999)
Toni, film score (1999)
Rien à faire, film score (1999)
The Luzhin Defence, film score (2000)
Amazone, film score (2000)
Les Ritaliens, TV film score (2000)
Chercheur d'heritiers: Un frère à tout prix, TV film score (2000)
Vive Nous, film score (2000)
Les Portes de la Gloire, film score (2001)
Barnie's Minor Annoyances, film score (2001)
Mauvais Genres, film score (2001)
Campagnes, TV film score (2001)
Sur mes levres, film score (2001)
Reines d'un jour, film score (2001)
Une autre femme, film score (2002)
Tous les chagrins se ressemblent, TV film score (2002)
Paroles d'étoiles, documentary film score (2002)
Rire et châtiment, film score (2002)
Nid de Guepes, film score (2002)
Madame sans-gene, TV film score (2002)
Girl with a Pearl Earring, film score (2003)
Les baisers des autres, film score (2003)
Le pacte du silence, film score (2003)
Virus au paradis, film score (2003)
Les corps impatients (Eager Bodies), film score (2003)
Les beaux jours, TV film score (2003)
Inquiétudes (A Sight for Sore Eyes), film score (2003)
Tristan, film score (2003)
Virus au Paradis, TV film score (2003)
Stormy Weather, film score (2003)
Birth, film score (2004)
Le pays des enfants perdus, film score (2004)
L'enquête Corse, film score (2004)
À boire, film score (2004)
The Upside of Anger, film score (2005)
Hostage, film score (2005)
Casanova, film score (2005)
Syriana, film score (2005)
Tu vas rire, mais je te quitte, film score (2005)
De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), film score (2005)
Une aventure, film score (2005)
The Upside of Anger, film score (2006)
Firewall, film score (2006)
The Queen, film score (2006)
The Painted Veil, film score (2006)
The Alibi (Lies & Alibis, film score (2006)
La doublure (The Valet), film score (2006)
Quand j'étais chanteur, film score (2006)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, film score (2007)
The Golden Compass, film score (2007)
Michou d'Auber, film score (2007)
Ségo et Sarko sont dans un bateau..., film score (2007)
L'Ennemi Intime, film score (2007)
Se, jie (Lust, Caution), film score (2007)
Afterwards, film score (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, film score (2008)
Largo Winch, film score (2008)
Julie & Julia, film score (2009)
Cheri, film score (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox, animated film score (2009)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, film score (2009)
Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel), film score (2009)
Un prophète (A Prophet), film score (2009)
L'armée du crime (The Army of Crime), film score (2009)
The Ghost Writer, film score (2010)
The Special Relationship, film score (2010)
Tamara Drewe, film score (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, film score (2010)
The King's Speech, film score (2010)
The Tree of Life, film score (2011)
A Better Life, film score (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, film score (2011)
The Ides of March, film score (2011)
Carnage, film score (2011)
My Week with Marilyn - (Marilyn's Theme), film score (2011)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, film score (2011)
La Fille du Puisatier, film score (2011)
Largo Winch 2, film score (2011)
Moonrise Kingdom, film score (2012)
A Therapy, short film score (2012)
Renoir, film score (2012)
Rust and Bone, film score (2012)
Argo, film score (2012)
Rise of the Guardians, film score (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty, film score (2012)
Cloclo, film score (2012)
Reality, film score (2012)
De Rouille et d'os, film score (2012)
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, documentary film score (2012)
Zulu, film score (2013)
Thee Grand Budapest Hotel, film score (2013)
La Trilogie Marseillaise: Marius, film score (2013)
Beauty and the Beast, film score (2013)
Venus in Fur, film score (2013)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Desplat Links     ~ ~ ~    Desplat on Desplat    ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
L'Opera des Gueux (Beggar's Opera), opera (1994)
Le Sirocco Bleu, ballet (1989)

Film
Ki Lo Sa, film score (1986)
Family Express, film score (1991)
Lapse of Memory, film score (1992)
Papa veut pas que je t'epouse, TV film score (1992)
Sexes Faibles, film score (1992)
The Hour of the Pig, film score (1993)
J'aime pas qu'on m'aime, TV film score (1993)
Jour de Fauche, film score (1993)
Regarde les Hommes Tomber, film score (1994)
Le Paradis Absolument, TV film score (1994)
Quand je serai grand, mon père il sera policier, film score (1995)
Marie-Louise ou La Permission, film score (1995)
Innocent Lies, film score (1995)
Les Milles, film score (1995)
Le Montreur de Boxe, film score (1996)
Passage à l'acte, film score (1996)
Tout ce qui Brille, TV film score (1996)
Un Petit Grain de Folie, TV film score (1996)
Le Cri de la Soie, film score (1996)
Love Etc., film score (1996)
Un héros très discret, film score (1996)
La Voisine, film score (1997)
Revengers' Comedies, film score (1997)
Une Chance sur Deux, film score (1998)
Atilano, Presidente, film score (1998)
The Revengers' Comedies, film score (1998)
Petits Nuages d'Été, TV film score (1998)
Une Minute de Silence, film score (1998)
Restons Groupes, film score (1998)
Monsieur Naphtali, film score (1999)
Retour à Fonteyne, TV film score (1999)
Le Chateau des Singes, animated film score (1999)
Toni, film score (1999)
Rien à faire, film score (1999)
The Luzhin Defence, film score (2000)
Amazone, film score (2000)
Les Ritaliens, TV film score (2000)
Chercheur d'heritiers: Un frère à tout prix, TV film score (2000)
Vive Nous, film score (2000)
Les Portes de la Gloire, film score (2001)
Barnie's Minor Annoyances, film score (2001)
Mauvais Genres, film score (2001)
Campagnes, TV film score (2001)
Sur mes levres, film score (2001)
Reines d'un jour, film score (2001)
Une autre femme, film score (2002)
Tous les chagrins se ressemblent, TV film score (2002)
Paroles d'étoiles, documentary film score (2002)
Rire et châtiment, film score (2002)
Nid de Guepes, film score (2002)
Madame sans-gene, TV film score (2002)
Girl with a Pearl Earring, film score (2003)
Les baisers des autres, film score (2003)
Le pacte du silence, film score (2003)
Virus au paradis, film score (2003)
Les corps impatients (Eager Bodies), film score (2003)
Les beaux jours, TV film score (2003)
Inquiétudes (A Sight for Sore Eyes), film score (2003)
Tristan, film score (2003)
Virus au Paradis, TV film score (2003)
Stormy Weather, film score (2003)
Birth, film score (2004)
Le pays des enfants perdus, film score (2004)
L'enquête Corse, film score (2004)
À boire, film score (2004)
The Upside of Anger, film score (2005)
Hostage, film score (2005)
Casanova, film score (2005)
Syriana, film score (2005)
Tu vas rire, mais je te quitte, film score (2005)
De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), film score (2005)
Une aventure, film score (2005)
The Upside of Anger, film score (2006)
Firewall, film score (2006)
The Queen, film score (2006)
The Painted Veil, film score (2006)
The Alibi (Lies & Alibis, film score (2006)
La doublure (The Valet), film score (2006)
Quand j'étais chanteur, film score (2006)
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, film score (2007)
The Golden Compass, film score (2007)
Michou d'Auber, film score (2007)
Ségo et Sarko sont dans un bateau..., film score (2007)
L'Ennemi Intime, film score (2007)
Se, jie (Lust, Caution), film score (2007)
Afterwards, film score (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, film score (2008)
Largo Winch, film score (2008)
Julie & Julia, film score (2009)
Cheri, film score (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox, animated film score (2009)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, film score (2009)
Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel), film score (2009)
Un prophète (A Prophet), film score (2009)
L'armée du crime (The Army of Crime), film score (2009)
The Ghost Writer, film score (2010)
The Special Relationship, film score (2010)
Tamara Drewe, film score (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, film score (2010)
The King's Speech, film score (2010)
The Tree of Life, film score (2011)
A Better Life, film score (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, film score (2011)
The Ides of March, film score (2011)
Carnage, film score (2011)
My Week with Marilyn - (Marilyn's Theme), film score (2011)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, film score (2011)
La Fille du Puisatier, film score (2011)
Largo Winch 2, film score (2011)
Moonrise Kingdom, film score (2012)
A Therapy, short film score (2012)
Renoir, film score (2012)
Rust and Bone, film score (2012)
Argo, film score (2012)
Rise of the Guardians, film score (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty, film score (2012)
Cloclo, film score (2012)
Reality, film score (2012)
De Rouille et d'os, film score (2012)
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, documentary film score (2012)
Zulu, film score (2013)
Thee Grand Budapest Hotel, film score (2013)
La Trilogie Marseillaise: Marius, film score (2013)
Beauty and the Beast, film score (2013)
Venus in Fur, film score (2013)

Incidental Music
Papa doit manger, incidental music (????) [for play by Marie Ndiaye
Inconnu à catte adresse, incidental music (????) [for play by Kressmann Taylor]
Le Concert incroyable, incidental music (????) [for play by Philippe Genty]
L'Emberlificoteur, incidental music (????) [for play by Carlo Goldoni]
La Nuit des rois, incidental music (????) [for play by William Shakespeare]
L'Eventail, incidental music (????) [for play by Carlo Goldoni]
Vu du Pont, incidental music (????) [for play by Arthur Miller]
La Villegiature, incidental music (????) [for play by Carlo Goldoni]
Vol au dessus d'un nid de coucou, incidental music (????) [for play by Dale Wassermann]
Le Songe d'une nuit d'été, incidental music (????) [for play by William Shakespeare]
La descente d'Orphée, incidental music (????) [for play by Tennessee Williams]


DESPLAT  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre     ~ ~ ~    Desplat on Desplat      ~ top of page ~
[under construction]
Composer Alexandre Desplat On Scoring His Newest Film, 'Rise Of The Guardians' (Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post)
Thinking in Colors and Textures, Then Writing in Music (Jon Burlingame, The New York Times)

Composer's website   . . .   contact Alexandre Desplat:  here

Desplat @ Wikipedia
Desplat @ Answers.com
Desplat @ Audiophile Audition (via Google Advanced Search)
Desplat @ Classical Archives
Desplat @ Facebook
Desplat @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Desplat @ InstantEncore
Desplat @ MusicWeb International
Desplat @ MySpaceMusic
Desplat @ The New York Times

Publisher
Desplat @ Composer's website


Desplat @ CITWF (Complete Index to World Film)
Desplat @ Fandango
Desplat @ Filmbug / http://www.filmbug.com/
Desplat @ Film Reference / http://www.filmreference.com/
Desplat @ Film Score Click Track / http://filmscoreclicktrack.com/
Desplat @ Film Score Monthly / http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/daily/index.cfm
Desplat @ Filmtracks / http://www.filmtracks.com/
Desplat @ mfiles / http://www.mfiles.co.uk/
Desplat @ The New York Times/movies
Desplat @ SoundtrackCollector
Desplat @ Soundtrack Express / http://soundtrack-express.blogspot.com/
Desplat @ SoundtrackNet / http://www.soundtrack.net/
Desplat @ Turner Classic Movies / http://www.tcm.com/

Streaming Audio
Desplat @ Classical Archives
Desplat @ last.fm
Desplat @ MySpaceMusic
Desplat @ NPRmusic
Desplat @ PRX (Public Radio Exchange)
Desplat @ Rhapsody.com
Desplat @ SoundCloud

Recordings
Desplat @ Composer's website
Desplat @ Amazon.com
Desplat @ ArkivMusic
Desplat @ CD Universe
Desplat @ ClassicsOnline
Desplat @ Discogs
Desplat @ itunes

Video
Desplat @ YouTube
Desplat @ Google Video
Desplat @ Vimeo (via Google Advanced Search)
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Desplat on Desplat: VSL Studio Chat with Alexandre Desplat (VIDEO)







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