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In 2011, versatile Canadian composer Howard Shore wrote music for two very dissimilar but widely acclaimed films: David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. The latter’s score was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Hugo, which is based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is about an orphan who secretly lives in the Paris train station Gare Montparnasse, where he maintains the clocks. The movie also pays homage to pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès, who's portrayed in the story; the musical accompaniment used for “silent films” is one inspiration for this delightful score. Shore wrote for a six-piece group and large orchestra, and the music moves through many moods, ranging from the tense buildup of “Trains” to the gentle sway of “The Movies.” Lovely timbres abound, including the distinct tones of musette and Ondes martenot (a theremin-like instrument). “The Clocks” contrasts a machine-like pulse with orchestration that's tinged with melancholy. One key track, “Coeur Volant”—which spotlights the vocals of French singer Zaz (Isabelle Geffroy)—riffs on Hugo’s theme.


Born: 18 October 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Howard Shore has composed the scores for over 50 films, including The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, After Hours, Seven, and both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. His collaborations with David Cronenberg have resulted in scores for the films The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, M. Butterfly, and Crash, spanning a nearly 20-year period by the year 2001. Shore's formal education came at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. From 1969-1972 he recorded...
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