The Shape of Water [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The Shape of Water [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Alexandre Desplat


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Composer Alexandre Desplat's ninth Oscar-nominated film score, The Shape of Water is part suspense, romance, and whimsy befitting a fantasy-romance about a mute cleaning woman (Sally Hawkins) and a misunderstood captive of the secretive government facility where she works. Set during Cold War 1962, the original music has a sentimental mood that coexists seamlessly with licensed tracks by the likes of Glenn Miller ("I Know Why [And So Do You])" and Andy Williams ("A Summer Place"). The soundtrack also features Desplat at the piano with opera star Renée Fleming on the tear-stained ballad "You'll Never Know," the 1943 Academy Award winner for Best Original Song. Instrumentation that includes accordion, harp, and whistling color The Shape of Water's score, which also makes use of an orchestra, if with a restrained approach. With water featuring prominently in the film's plot and design, Desplat's woodwind section, for instance, consisted only of flutes, to better embody his idea of the sound of water. Lead character Elisa's theme is introduced with an accordion over delicate harp, flutes, and celesta that are eventually joined by strings and piano. More suspenseful passages include drums and lower-pitched instruments, with versions of arpeggiation and glissando also evoking water. Other preexisting songs incorporated into the film include Madeleine Peyroux's "La Javanaise," Carmen Miranda's "Chica Chica Boom Chic," and a 1956 version of "Babalu" by Caterina Valente and Silvio Francesco. Whether intentional or by unconscious influence, one may hear references to film composers from the era of the story's setting as well, including Mancini and Herrmann.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/2017
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602567124610
catalogNumber: 002767402
Rank: 6739

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alexandre Desplat   Primary Artist,Flute,Conductor,Bass Flute
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Riccardo del Fra   Double Bass
Renée Fleming   Vocals
Glenn Miller   Conductor
Dave Arch   Piano
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Frederic Gaillardet   Piano
Dominique Lemonnier   Conductor
Carmine Lauri   Leader
Jeff Boudreaux   Drums
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Myriam Lafargue   Accordion

Technical Credits

Serge Gainsbourg   Composer
Peter Cobbin   Engineer
Mack Gordon   Lyricist
Max Steiner   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Margarita Lecuona   Composer
Tom Cavanaugh   Music Business Affairs
Dominique Lemonnier   Score Producer
Alexandre Desplat   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Whistle
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Nicolas Charron   Orchestration
Xavier Forcioli   Executive Producer,Score Coordinator
Sylvain Morizet   Orchestration
Jean-Pascal Beintus   Orchestration
Theo Hansen   Composer
Gavin Bayliss   Marketing
Romain Allender   Programming,Composer's Assistant

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