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The Chaperone
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Marcelo Zarvos
Label: Sony Masterworks
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 29 March 2019

Sony Music release the original soundtrack for The Chaperone, with a score by Emmy Award-nominated composer Marcelo Zarvos. Louise Brooks the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle, a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise to New York for the summer...

Marcelo Zarvos delivers a subtle and graceful collection of tracks for The Chaperon. There are several themes that evoke images of the 1920s time period the film is set in, as well as a number of jazz numbers to conjure up a feeling that we are indeed back in the roaring '20s. There's also a reworking of Liszt's 'Liebestraum No.3 in A Flat, S.541'.

The score consists of 30 tracks (1 hr, 01 min, 59 sec) and while a good overall collection of mellow tracks, it's going to appeal to fans of the film way more than casual soundtrack collectors.

Zarvos does his magic in weaving an intricate story through his music. Talking about his approach, the composer said: "For the original score of The Chaperone I chose a more restrained chamber music approach rather than a big sweeping orchestra. There is something incredibly intimate and reserved about the character of Norma Carlisle, brilliantly brought to life by Elizabeth McGovern, that I wanted to preserve and honour in the score. The focus was always on Norma’s internal world and gentle curiosity. The instrumentation of string quartet, trumpet, woodwinds, piano and harp was meant to capture the universal aspect of the story, leaving the wonderful jazzy and diverse source pieces in the film to portray the bustling 1920's New York City."


Darren Rea

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