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The Joe Wright-directed drama The Soloist tells the tale of a friendship between a newspaper writer and a homeless, mentally ill cellist who possesses a deep love of Beethoven. Based on a true story, the film stars Jamie Foxx as the cellist and Robert Downey, Jr. as the journalist. To create the score, the Italian-born composer Dario Marianelli — he’s written music for films such as Pride & Prejudice and Atonement — rearranged a number of pieces by Beethoven. At times, he abbreviates the material so it works with the story line, while at other times he takes a kernel of an idea from Beethoven (one example is the track titled “The Lord’s Prayer”) and expands upon it. The music is expertly played, which should come as no surprise since the recording features Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. (Cellist Ben Hong also deserves kudos.) The album includes two tracks that do not draw from Beethoven: “Cello Lesson” is the Prelude to Bach’s “Partita No. 1 for Cello,” and “Accordion Interlude” is an original piece by Marianelli that features the handheld instrument referencing the sound of Baroque organ.

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Dario Marianelli: Best. Composer. Ever.

Marianelli is up there with Desplat as the absolute cream of the crop of film composers in the 21st century. His classical sensibilities combined with his cinematic sensibilities deliver a winning score every time, and this one is no exception. Amazing work.

looking for the trailer song

I really liked the song played in the trailer, i know it's the Bach cello suite 1 prelude but it's a different version in the trailer. does anybody know what song it is?


I've been waiting for this soundtrack to come out for about a month now! And I can say, it was definitely worth the wait! I thoroughly enjoy it! It's not technically April 21st yet where I live, but I now own it! Ha! I'm just a bit excited. But the music is great! Dario Marianelli is a genius, he can really compose. I also own the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack, which is also fantastic. For this he has used orchestra along with solo violin and cello. It is helpful for the movie, since Nathaniel plays the cello and the violin. The music is very Beethoven-esque, which Marianelli is able to capture very well. Definitely an album worth purchasing. Whether or not you see the movie. Any classical music lover will enjoy this! Simply fantastic!


Born: June 21, 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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