32 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Grand Budapest Hotel—Wes Anderson’s delightful film adaptation of Viennese author Stefan Zweig’s century-old writings—often disguises its deeper intentions as a manic, color-saturated update of classic screwball comedies. Thus the insistent, oft-hypnotic rhythms that French composer (and frequent Anderson collaborator) Alexandre Desplat employs throughout the score greatly bolster the film’s energetic charms. But it’s Desplat’s penchant for smart understatement, wed to an ever-inventive sense of ethnic and textural inquisitiveness, that become the film’s most essential musical and emotional foils. Desplat’s musical palette may be spare here, but this soundtrack never lacks for verve; its contours are further shaped by a handful of folk-rooted pieces from European and Russian composers. The choral harmony of Öse Schuppel’s “S'Rothe-Zäuerli” instantly evokes Alpine musical trappings, which Desplat subsequently employs like paprika. An excerpt from German classical guitarist Siegfried Behrend’s “Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I Moderato” deftly anchors it all to some semblance of stately tradition. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Grand Budapest Hotel—Wes Anderson’s delightful film adaptation of Viennese author Stefan Zweig’s century-old writings—often disguises its deeper intentions as a manic, color-saturated update of classic screwball comedies. Thus the insistent, oft-hypnotic rhythms that French composer (and frequent Anderson collaborator) Alexandre Desplat employs throughout the score greatly bolster the film’s energetic charms. But it’s Desplat’s penchant for smart understatement, wed to an ever-inventive sense of ethnic and textural inquisitiveness, that become the film’s most essential musical and emotional foils. Desplat’s musical palette may be spare here, but this soundtrack never lacks for verve; its contours are further shaped by a handful of folk-rooted pieces from European and Russian composers. The choral harmony of Öse Schuppel’s “S'Rothe-Zäuerli” instantly evokes Alpine musical trappings, which Desplat subsequently employs like paprika. An excerpt from German classical guitarist Siegfried Behrend’s “Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings I Moderato” deftly anchors it all to some semblance of stately tradition. 

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

87 Ratings

A wild and creative score for a phenomenal film

Neoncloudff,

Desplat’s breadth of musicality never fails to impress. The themes here a transformed wonderfully, and the fun and goofy Wes Anderson style comes across even in the music. Wonderful job.

Wacky and wild soundtrack

ActorWolf,

I've yet to see this film, but the soundtrack is wild, high energy and just a fun listen all around!!! A must have for lovers of film music.

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