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Rachel Portman (1960-    )

Rachel Portman, composerLong known for her luxuriant romanticism and uncanny ability to find just the right chord between onscreen drama and viewer emotions, Rachel Portman has been scoring films consistently and tirelessly since 1982. With more than 30 credits to her name, and work in both television and film, Portman became an important figure in the history of film in 1997 when she became the first female composer to win an Academy award for her score to director Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. Born in Haslemere, England, Portman showed an avid interest in music when she began to play a variety of instruments from a very early age. By the time she had reached her early teens, Portman had taken a strong affection towards the piano and begun composing original music. Drawn to the more naturalistic musical instruments rather than electronic synthesizers, Portman decided to pursue her career in music with an education at the University of Oxford. It wasn't until her enrollment at Oxford that Portman began to take an interest in the relation of music to film, scoring Privileged (1982), a successful student film also featuring an early appearance by Hugh Grant. A small theatrical release of the film found Portman with her first success as a film composer, an ability she would continue to refine with steady work for the BBC in the coming years, winning the British Film Institute's Young Composer of the Year award in 1988. A frequent collaborator of filmmaker Beeban Kidron (for whom she scored  Used People (1992) and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) to name a few), Portman steadily gained recognition for her lush and emotional style, distinguishing herself with her moving compositions and richly organic scores. In 2000 Portman received her second Academy nomination for her score to Chocolat.
-  Jason Buchanan, Rovi

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Portman Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Privileged, film score (1982)
Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)
Last Day of Summer, TV film score (1984)
Reflections, film score (1984)
Sharma and Beyond, TV film score (1984)
Four Days in July, TV film score (1985)
Good as Gold, TV film score (1986)
A Little Princess, TV series score (1986)
1914 All Out, TV film score (1987)
The Short and Curlies, TV short film score (1987)
The Falklands War: The Untold Story, TV documentary film score (1987)
90 Degrees South, documentary film score (1987)
Cariani and the Courtesans, TV series score (1987) [Screenplay Series]
The Storyteller, TV series score (1988; 5 episodes)
    - The True Bride (1988)
    - The Heartless Giant (1988)
    - Sapsorrow (1988)
    - The Three Ravens (1988)
    - Hans My Hedgehog (1988)
Loving Hazel, TV series score (1988) [Screenplay Series]
Sometime in August, TV series score (1988) [Screen Two Series]
The Woman in Black, TV film score (1989)
Young Charlie Chaplin, TV series score (1989) {Wonder Works Series]
Monster Maker, TV film score (1989)
Living with Dinosaurs, TV film score (1989)
Precious Bane, TV film score (1989)
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, TV series score (1990)
Shoot to Kill, TV film score (1990)
Life Is Sweet, film score (1990)
The Storyteller: Greek Myths, TV series score (1990)
    - Theseus & the Minotaur (1991)
    - Daedalus & Icarus (1991)
    - Perseus & the Gorgon (1991)
    - Orpheus & Eurydice (1991)
The Widowmaker, TV film score (1990)
Where Angels Fear to Tread, film score (1991)
Antonia and Jane, TV series score (1991) [Screenplay Series]
Flea Bites, TV series score (1991) [Screen Two Series]
Used People, film score (1992)
Mr. Wakefield's Crusade, TV film score (1992)
Rebecca's Daughters, film score (1992)
The Cloning of Joanna May, TV film score (1992)
Elizabeth R, TV documentary score (1992)
Friends, film score (1993)
The Joy Luck Club, film score (1993)
Benny & Joon, film score (1993)
Ethan Frome, film score (1993)
Great Moments in Aviation, TV film score (1993)
The Road to Wellville, film score (1994)
Only You, film score (1994)
Sirens, film score (1994)
War of the Buttons, film score (1994)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, film score (1995)
Palookaville, film score (1995)
Smoke, film score (1995)
A Pyromaniac's Love Story, film score (1995)
Marvin's Room, film score (1996)
Emma, film score (1996) [Academy Award Winner]
The Adventures of Pinocchio, film score (1996)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, video film score (1997)
Addicted to Love, film score (1997)
Beloved, film score (1998)
Home Fries, film score (1998)
The Cider House Rules, film score (1999)
Ratcatcher, film score (1999)
The Other Sister, film score (1999)
Chocolat, film score (2000)
The Legend of Bagger Vance, film score (2000)
The Closer You Get, film score (2000)
The Emperor's New Clothes, film score (2001)
Nicholas Nickleby, film score (2002)
The Truth About Charlie, film score (2002)
    - The Truth About "The Truth About Charlie", video documentary short film score (2003)
Hart's War, film score (2002)
Mona Lisa Smile, film score (2003)
The Human Stain, film score (2003)
The Little Prince, opera (2003)
    - The Birds, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
    - The Lamplighters, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
    - Look at the Stars, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
    - The Roses, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
The Manchurian Candidate, film score (2004)
Lard, short film score (2004)
Oliver Twist, film score (2005)
    - Twist by Polanski, video documentary short film score (2006)
    - It's a Happy Movie: The Children's Making-of "Oliver Twist", video documentary short film score (2006)
Define Normal, TV series documentary short film score (2005)
Because of Winn-Dixie, film score (2005)
Infamous, film score (2006)
The Lake House, film score (2006)
H2hOpe: The Water Diviner's Tale, a dramatic musical piece for all ages, narrator, soloist, chorus, youth choir & orch (2007)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, film score (2008)
The Duchess, film score (2008)
Grey Gardens, film score (2009)
London Assurance, TV series score (2010) [National Theatre Live Series]
Never Let Me Go, film score (2010)
Bel Ami, film score (2011)
Tower Heist, film score (2011)
Resistance, film score (2011) (post-production)
The Vow, film score (2011) (post-production)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Portman Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
The Little Prince, opera (2003)
H2hOpe: The Water Diviner's Tale, a dramatic musical piece for all ages, narrator, soloist, chorus, youth choir & orch (2007)

Choral
The Birds, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
The Lamplighters, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
Look at the Stars, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]
The Roses, female chorus and piano (2003) [from the film score to "The Little Prince"]

Film Scores
Privileged, film score (1982)
Experience Preferred... But Not Essential (1982)
Last Day of Summer, TV film score (1984)
Reflections, film score (1984)
Sharma and Beyond, TV film score (1984)
Four Days in July, TV film score (1985)
Good as Gold, TV film score (1986)
A Little Princess, TV series score (1986)
1914 All Out, TV film score (1987)
The Short and Curlies, TV short film score (1987)
The Falklands War: The Untold Story, TV documentary film score (1987)
90 Degrees South, documentary film score (1987)
Cariani and the Courtesans, TV series score (1987) [Screenplay Series]
The Storyteller, TV series score (1988; 5 episodes)
    - The True Bride (1988)
    - The Heartless Giant (1988)
    - Sapsorrow (1988)
    - The Three Ravens (1988)
    - Hans My Hedgehog (1988)
Loving Hazel, TV series score (1988) [Screenplay Series]
Sometime in August, TV series score (1988) [Screen Two Series]
The Woman in Black, TV film score (1989)
Young Charlie Chaplin, TV series score (1989) {Wonder Works Series]
Monster Maker, TV film score (1989)
Living with Dinosaurs, TV film score (1989)
Precious Bane, TV film score (1989)
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, TV series score (1990)
Shoot to Kill, TV film score (1990)
Life Is Sweet, film score (1990)
The Storyteller: Greek Myths, TV series score (1990)
    - Theseus & the Minotaur (1991)
    - Daedalus & Icarus (1991)
    - Perseus & the Gorgon (1991)
    - Orpheus & Eurydice (1991)
The Widowmaker, TV film score (1990)
Where Angels Fear to Tread, film score (1991)
Antonia and Jane, TV series score (1991) [Screenplay Series]
Flea Bites, TV series score (1991) [Screen Two Series]
Used People, film score (1992)
Mr. Wakefield's Crusade, TV film score (1992)
Rebecca's Daughters, film score (1992)
The Cloning of Joanna May, TV film score (1992)
Elizabeth R, TV documentary score (1992)
Friends, film score (1993)
The Joy Luck Club, film score (1993)
Benny & Joon, film score (1993)
Ethan Frome, film score (1993)
Great Moments in Aviation, TV film score (1993)
The Road to Wellville, film score (1994)
Only You, film score (1994)
Sirens, film score (1994)
War of the Buttons, film score (1994)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, film score (1995)
Palookaville, film score (1995)
Smoke, film score (1995)
A Pyromaniac's Love Story, film score (1995)
Marvin's Room, film score (1996)
Emma, film score (1996) [Academy Award Winner]
The Adventures of Pinocchio, film score (1996)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, video film score (1997)
Addicted to Love, film score (1997)
Beloved, film score (1998)
Home Fries, film score (1998)
The Cider House Rules, film score (1999)
Ratcatcher, film score (1999)
The Other Sister, film score (1999)
Chocolat, film score (2000)
The Legend of Bagger Vance, film score (2000)
The Closer You Get, film score (2000)
The Emperor's New Clothes, film score (2001)
Nicholas Nickleby, film score (2002)
The Truth About Charlie, film score (2002)
    - The Truth About "The Truth About Charlie", video documentary short film score (2003)
Hart's War, film score (2002)
Mona Lisa Smile, film score (2003)
The Human Stain, film score (2003)
The Manchurian Candidate, film score (2004)
Lard, short film score (2004)
Oliver Twist, film score (2005)
    - Twist by Polanski, video documentary short film score (2006)
    - It's a Happy Movie: The Children's Making-of "Oliver Twist", video documentary short film score (2006)
Define Normal, TV series documentary short film score (2005)
Because of Winn-Dixie, film score (2005)
Infamous, film score (2006)
The Lake House, film score (2006)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, film score (2008)
The Duchess, film score (2008)
Grey Gardens, film score (2009)
London Assurance, TV series score (2010) [National Theatre Live Series]
Never Let Me Go, film score (2010)
Bel Ami, film score (2011)
Tower Heist, film score (2011)
Resistance, film score (2011) (post-production)
The Vow, film score (2011) (post-production)

PORTMAN  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
An Interview with Rachel Portman (Hear Here - Classic FM/The Royal Philharmonic Society)
Rachel Portman and "The Little Prince" (K.E. Watt, WattWork)
Rachel Portman Honored by BMI (Jon Burlingame, The Film Music Society)
Rachel Portman Receives Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film & TV Music Awards (BMI.com)
Rachel Portman’s Upcoming Movie Projects (Film Music Reporter)

Composer's website (at Chester Novello)   . . .  contact Rachel Portman:  here

Portman @ Wikipedia
Portman @ Answers.com
Portman @ BMI
Portman @ CITWF / Complete Index to World Film
Portman @ Classical Archives
Portman @ Classical Net
Portman @ ClassicsToday
Portman @ composition:today
Portman @ Crouchingphotographer.com
Portman @ Danish Film Music Society
Portman @ Facebook
Portman @ Fandango
Portman @ /Film
Portman @ Filmbug
Portman @ Film Reference
Portman @ Film Score Click Track
Portman @ Filmtracks
Portman @ gURL.com
Portman @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Portman @ InstantEncore
Portman @ mfiles
Portman @ Movie Music UK (via google)
Portman @ MSN Music
Portman @ Music & Vision
Portman @ MusicWeb International
Portman @ MySpaceMusic (1)
Portman @ MySpaceMusic (2)
Portman @ MySpaceMusic (3)
Portman @ The New York Times
Portman @ NPR
Portman @ SoundtrackCollector
Portman @ Soundtrack Express (via google)
Portman @ SoundtrackNet
Portman @ SoundUnwound
Portman @ Starpulse.com

Publisher
Portman @ Chester Novello

Streaming Audio
Portman @ Classical Archives
Portman @ last.fm
Portman @ MySpaceMusic (1)
Portman @ MySpaceMusic (2)
Portman @ MySpaceMusic (3)
Portman @ PRX (Public Radio Exchange)
Portman @ Rhapsody

Recordings
Portman @ ArkivMusic
Portman @ Discogs

Video
Portman @ YouTube
Portman @ Google Video
Portman @ Vimeo
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