13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, portrays the relationship between Bertie, the future King George VI (Colin Firth), and the speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who helps Bertie overcome his debilitating stammer. Composer Alexandre Desplat, one of the hardest working men in show business —The Ghost Writer and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 are just two of the other movies he scored in 2010 — provided the film’s music. You might think a movie that deals with royalty would feature bombastic accompaniment, but Desplat took a subtle approach to the project. He’s careful not to overpower the intimacy of the story of a man struggling to make meaningful sounds. Melodies are delicately etched on piano as strings often float in an almost ambient manner. (“The Rehearsal,” with its chugging rhythm and flute interjections, is probably the perkiest piece here.) The album also includes excerpts of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and the “Emperor” Concerto performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Terry Davies, with Steven Osborne at the piano.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, portrays the relationship between Bertie, the future King George VI (Colin Firth), and the speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who helps Bertie overcome his debilitating stammer. Composer Alexandre Desplat, one of the hardest working men in show business —The Ghost Writer and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 are just two of the other movies he scored in 2010 — provided the film’s music. You might think a movie that deals with royalty would feature bombastic accompaniment, but Desplat took a subtle approach to the project. He’s careful not to overpower the intimacy of the story of a man struggling to make meaningful sounds. Melodies are delicately etched on piano as strings often float in an almost ambient manner. (“The Rehearsal,” with its chugging rhythm and flute interjections, is probably the perkiest piece here.) The album also includes excerpts of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and the “Emperor” Concerto performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Terry Davies, with Steven Osborne at the piano.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
232 Ratings
232 Ratings
Stephen Soucy ,

Flawless

Once again, Alexandre Desplat contributes a stunning and pitch-perfect score to an amazing film. I saw a screening of The King's Speech at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles last night and the Director was at the event for a Q&A session afterward. He mentioned that Desplat wrote this score as a side job while writing Harry Potter. He did The King's Speech for a much smaller payday, because he was genuinely moved by the story. Love that!

Mithrandir1 ,

Brilliant score

I saw the film yesterday, and Alexandre Desplat's score was one of the key elements to making it work. Granted, the writing, acting, and directing were all masterfully done, but the score was what tied it all together. Despite there being very little of it in the movie, when it appears it is distinctly moving and powerful. This and Inception were my favorite films and scores of 2010.

filmscoremaniac ,

Desplat is on a roll!

If you like Desplat's other works, you'll enjoy this score as well. I didn't find anything particularly fantastic about it, but it is a solid score. It just didn't strike a chord in me like some of his previous works, or like some of my recent favorites like Josh Kramer's "Only Memories" and "Beginnings" albums, or Nico Muhly's "The Reader", both of which I would highly recommend.

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