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My Week With Marilyn: The music

Oscar hopes are high for My Life With Marilyn, which opened in theatres today. Critics have had mixed reactions to the film as a whole but have enthusiastically praised Michelle Williams for her layered performance. The other star in this show is the soundtrack composed by Conrad Pope and specifically “Marilyn’s Theme,” composed by four-time oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat.

Despalt started scoring film in Europe and worked on over 50 titles before working on, The Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), his first hollywood film. He went on to produce numerous works including scores for The Queen (2006), The King’s Speech (2010), and The Painted Veil (2006). It was during The Painted Veil that Despalt first worked with pianist Lang Lang.

The pair came together once again on “Marilyn’s Theme.” Despalt’s inspiration for the piece was Monroe herself who he described to Pete Hammond as “a lost soul, an abused child who grows up to be this incredible, sensual, intelligent woman.”  The piece reflects this fragile balance in it’s lilting form. Lang’s performance builds upon this fragility, expressing the heartbreak and sadness of the starlet, Marilyn Monroe.

Here’s Lang playing at the premiere earlier this month:

More information on My Week With Marilyn can found in Marc Glassman’s review by clicking here.

More of the soundtrack can be heard on a previous episode of Applause with Michael Englebert. Click here to listen.

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