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The King's Speech
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(November 22nd, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a Grammy Award and a BAFTA Award. Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe
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Buy it... if you seek a safely pleasant, undemanding, and lyrical half hour of Alexandre Desplat's more accessible, lightweight drama style.

Avoid it... if you're an audiophile expecting this score's piano and string performances to feature lively spirit, because the intentionally dull ambience of the recording is a major detraction on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #940
WRITTEN 12/13/10
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The King's Speech: (Alexandre Desplat) One of the oddest aspects of speech impediments is the fact that people usually find them funny if they don't really care about the speaker and aren't located in the same room with him or her. The more you empathize with the person, and especially if you're listening to them right in front of you, the more devastatingly frustrating, uncomfortable, and embarrassing the affliction can be for everyone. The 2010 Tom Hooper film The King's Speech tells of one of the last century's more notorious stammering figures, King George VI of the United Kingdom. Rising to the throne unexpectedly in the 1930's and forced to rule with resolve through World War II, the King was terrified of speaking in public, humiliating himself in front of crowds because of his impediment. With the assistance of Queen Elizabeth, he acquired the services of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, whose strange methodology and quirky personality eventually managed to assist the King in largely overcoming the problem. The two men would become quite close in the process, and The King's Speech both playfully and seriously conveys that growing trust. Despite a predictable plot, Hooper's film was an immediate success in the independent film circuit, gaining widespread accolades especially for the lead performances of Colin Firth as the King, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen, and Geoffrey Rush as Logue. Becoming the unlikely expert on scoring intimate movies about the British government (and famous British wizards and witches) is French composer Alexandre Desplat, who jokes about perhaps being knighted one day. Having written music for both The Queen and The Special Relationship, Desplat handles The King's Speech with a demeanor obviously closer to the previous film. Aside from the humor inherent in the topic, the trailer for The King's Speech has to make any enthusiast of Desplat's intellectual musical tendencies laugh. It employs a selection by the trailer music production house Audiomachine (the composition "City of Hope") that is so incredibly modern in its powerful, anthem-like crescendo of ominous strings and choir that you have to shake your head in bewilderment when comparing that attitude to what Desplat actually provided the film. Anyone expecting to hear anything like the trailer's music (which was actually quite effective if you believe that the King's stammering was going to by itself allow Hitler to conquer Britain and rule the world for a thousand years) will be immensely disappointed. Desplat will, however, please his fans with this score, with a slightly warmer tone than normal for the composer (and no deep electronic pulses!) yielding a score that may attract Rachel Portman enthusiasts as well.



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Total Time: 41:24
• 1. Lionel and Bertie (2:10)
• 2. The King's Speech (3:54)
• 3. My Kingdom, My Rules (2:51)
• 4. The King is Dead (2:06)
• 5. Memories of Childhood (3:36)
• 6. King George VI (3:05)
• 7. The Royal Household (1:43)
• 8. Queen Elizabeth (3:35)
• 9. Fear and Suspicion (3:24)
• 10. The Rehearsal (1:42)
• 11. The Threat of War (3:56)
• 12. Speaking Unto Nations (Beethoven Symphony No.7 II) (5:02)
• 13. Epilogue (Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor II) (3:56)

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