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The Painted Veil (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Alexandre Michel Desplat

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Alexandre Desplat's score for director John Curran's film adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil, about a British couple who travel to China in the 1920s, is not specifically Oriental in tone. But it does have a sense of reserve and a contemplative feel much of the time. The dominant soloist is young Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, although Vincent Segal's electric cello is also given generous solo space. Desplat provides a lovely "River Waltz," played both orchestrally and as a piano piece by Lang. "The Water Wheel" is a percussion-heavy cue with Desplat himself contributing. (He also plays flutes, piano, and keyboards himself on the soundtrack.) "Cholera," a cue coming toward the film's climax, has the repetitive rhythm of a Philip Glass piece, but that's as assertive as Desplat gets in a score that manages to maintain a mood simultaneously restrained and ominous.

Customer Reviews

To answer your question..

The song is called À la claire fontaine

Beautiful and haunting

Alexandre Desplat is one of those composers like Patrick Doyle, Kerry Muzzey, and Marcelo Zavros who are finally starting to get some notice and do more work. Scores like this are the reason why! Haunting, lyrical, and melancholy, this one is a stunner. Check out my iMixes for more contemporary film masterpieces.


I LOVED the movie and I LOVE the soundtrack. But seriously I cannot find the A La Claire Fontaine song from the movie. I have found different versions of it but not the right one. I think it might be by The Choir of the Beijing Takah, but I am not sure. And anyways I can't find there music either. It's no where to be found. If anyone knows where I can get it, do tell. PLEASE. thank you. Btw my 2 favorites in this soundtrack is Gnossiennes No. 1 and River Waltz. WHERE IS A LA CLAIRE FONTAINE???

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