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EDITORS’ NOTES

Spain-born film composer Fernando Velazquez garnered much international attention for The Impossible, while his sophisticated collaborations with Guillermo del Toro netted him a World Soundtrack Award nomination for The Orphanage. But it’s perhaps not surprising to hear a little familiar rock-rooted bombast in his score for Hercules, Brett Ratner’s Hollywood adaptation of graphic novelist Steve Moore’s take on the legend. “I always played electric guitar with friends in bands when I was younger,” Fernando says of his expansive tastes. “I really tried to address the strength and nobility of Hercules,” he adds of this London Philharmonia–performed score. “The music tries to capture this kindness along with the great strength. It sounds modern, and yet it feels classical, as it is completely symphonic, even when incorporating electronics and all kind of 'modern' drums.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Spain-born film composer Fernando Velazquez garnered much international attention for The Impossible, while his sophisticated collaborations with Guillermo del Toro netted him a World Soundtrack Award nomination for The Orphanage. But it’s perhaps not surprising to hear a little familiar rock-rooted bombast in his score for Hercules, Brett Ratner’s Hollywood adaptation of graphic novelist Steve Moore’s take on the legend. “I always played electric guitar with friends in bands when I was younger,” Fernando says of his expansive tastes. “I really tried to address the strength and nobility of Hercules,” he adds of this London Philharmonia–performed score. “The music tries to capture this kindness along with the great strength. It sounds modern, and yet it feels classical, as it is completely symphonic, even when incorporating electronics and all kind of 'modern' drums.”

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4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

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Music fit movie. incidental music interesting and exciting.

About Fernando Velazquez

Fernando Velázquez is a Spanish composer best known for his orchestral film and television scores, especially his collaborations with director Juan Antonio Bayona. Born in Getxo, Spain, Velázquez played the cello as his main instrument, attending conservatories in Bilbao and Vitoria before studying composition in Paris and Madrid. He first worked with filmmaker Bayona early in both of their careers, on the 2002 short film El Hombre Esponja. They would reunite several more times, including for 2007's The Orphanage and 2012's The Impossible. Velázquez also found work on Spanish television series such as the 2007's Gominolas and 2013's Cuéntame un Cuento, while projects with other film directors included 2006's The Backwoods, the 2007 Julianne Moore vehicle Savage Grace, 2010's Devil, and Brett Ratnor's Hercules from 2014.

Finding a niche in the supernatural, Velázquez next composed the score for the 2015 fantasy-horror film Crimson Peak, directed by Guillermo del Toro. Highlights to follow included 2016's Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and the dark fantasy A Monster Calls, which was directed by Bayona and released in Spain in late 2016 (2017 in the U.S.).

HOMETOWN
Gexto, Spain
BORN
November 22, 1976

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