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Composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement, V for Vendetta, Pride & Prejudice) was given no small task in scoring director Joe Wright's the Soloist, as its central figure is a homeless, mentally ill cellist obsessed with Beethoven. Utilizing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and its assistant principal cellist, Ben Hong, Marianelli has crafted both an homage to Beethoven and a crash course in the composer's late romantic period by infusing his own work with excerpts from famous pieces like symphonies "No. 3" and "No. 9." The resulting music is both familiar and otherworldly, with motifs from long-loved sonatas and concertos rising up and out of street noise and dissonance like spirits in the material world.


Born: 21 June 1963 in Pisa, Italy

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dario Marianelli is an Italian composer of film and concert music. Born in Pisa, he started piano studies and began singing as a chorister at age 6. When his voice broke, he devoted himself to playing piano and composing. He studied privately and took exams as an external student in nearby Florence, Lucca, and Livorno, and also studied counterpoint before moving to England. There, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and spent three additional years studying at the National Film...
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