Dario Marianelli - film composer

Dario Marianelli - Pride and Prejudice soundtrack CD cover Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa in Italy and is now based in London. Although he has been composing for the visual media for less than a decade, he has achieved a respectable number of film and television credits. These credits include 2 films which have both won BAFTA awards: Michael Winterbottom's "In This World" and Asif Kapadia's "The Warrior", both of these films curiously being set in Asia. Two of his more recent films have achieved a higher profile in terms of budget, and these seem likely to propel his talents further in the industry. In addition to the latest version of the romantic Jane Austin novel Pride and Prejudice, Marianelli has also created the soundtrack for Terry Gilliam's latest film The Brothers Grimm.

Dario Marianelli - V for Vendetta soundtrack CD cover The stylish "V for Vendetta" is also a great soundtrack: very gothic and theatrical, a touch quirky but strangely modern. Marianelli's latest score Atonement has real emotional depth and brings back the composer's previous pianist partner from "Pride and Prejudice": Jean-Yves Thibaudet. There is some excellent sheet music from Marianelli's score to Pride and Prejudice which pianists will enjoy playing. See below for details. "The Soloist" is a film about a cellist with problems, and Marianelli adapted music by Beethoven for the score. Though many tracks are played more or less "straight", some are adapted in various ways to show the mental illness of the cellist and his struggles with life as a homeless person. The soundtrack also features one work by Bach.

Dario Marianelli - Jane Eyre soundtrack CD cover Marianelli's latest film is "Jane Eyre" whose dreamy but involving score features violinist Jack Liebeck. The film and soundtrack were released ealier this year in the US (the soundtrack available at this link - www.Amazon.com), though the film is now on general release in the UK with the soundtrack available at www.Amazon.co.uk. Though not included on the soundtrack CD, Marianelli continues his association with classical music, by performing piano sonatas by Beethoven and Mozart on the film soundtrack. "Jane Eyre" is the first in a string of very effective Marianelli scores for some big films during the past couple of years.

Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina soundtrack CD cover "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is a pleasant soundtrack, generally relaxed with moments of excitement, romance and inspiration, and also including little touches of both Yemeni and Scottish music. Anna Karenina (whose soundtrack is already available in the UK) is a fun lively concoction of dance-like music which seems ideally suited to the satirical presentation of the story. The composer has created a very Russian sounding score, with a number of influences including the Russian Folk Song The Birch Tree. The composer's next film on release is "Quartet" directed by Dustin Hoffman, with an all-star cast set in a home for retired opera singers. The album has a mix of classical tracks with 4 by Marianelli.

Many of Dario Marianelli's film scores have been orchestrated and conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch, who is now making a name for himself as a composer on films such as "Conquest 1453", "Hammer of the Gods" and "Summer in February".

Films by Dario Marianelli:

    Dario Marianelli - The Brothers Grimm soundtrack CD cover
  • Ailsa
  • I Went Down
  • Southpaw: The Francis Barrett Story
  • Being Considered
  • Pandaemonium - about Wordsworth and Coleridge during the French Revolution
  • The Warrior - an award-winning Hindi language film set in Northern India
  • In This World - a film by Michael Winterbottom set in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan
  • I Capture the Castle
  • September - about 9/11
  • Pride and Prejudice - starring Keira Knightley as Lizzie Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy
  • The Brothers Grimm - the music of a dark, scary fantasy with some classical quotations
  • Dario Marianelli - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen soundtrack CD cover
  • Shooting Dogs
  • Opal Dream - also known as "Pobby and Dingan"
  • V for Vendetta - written by the Wachowski Brothers, the soundtrack includes extracts from Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture complete with its explosive cannons
  • The Return
  • Atonement - the soundtrack is unusual in its use of a typewriter sound
  • The Brave One - a thriller directed by Neil Jordan
  • The Soloist - most of the music is adapted from works by Beethoven
  • Agora - historical drama for Alejandro Amenábar
  • Everybody's Fine
  • Hippie Hippie Shake
  • Dario Marianelli and Various Artists - Quartet soundtrack CD cover
  • Eat Pray Love - a single love theme throughout seems to be influenced musically by the locations visited, including Italy, India and Bali (e.g. use of Gamelan sounds)
  • Jane Eyre - a dreamy score featuring solos by violinist Jack Liebeck
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - a nice soundtrack, sometimes relaxed & romantic and sometimes excited & inspirational, with little touches of both Yemeni and Scottish music
  • Anna Karenina - a wonderful score, satirical and very Russian sounding, using the Russian folk song The Birch Tree
  • Quartet - set in a home for retired opera singers, the soundtrack album has 4 tracks by Marianelli with a mix of classical instrumental works and operatic arias and songs
  • Third Person
  • Redemption
  • The Boxtrolls - with a wide range of influences, but the end result is delightful and the soundtrack includes "The Boxtrolls Song" composed by Eric Idle
  • Everest - interesting how the score morphs from being percussion-led to a more spiritual experience
  • Ali and Nino
  • Kubo and the Two Strings - animation
  • Darkest Hour - Winston Churchill in the early days of WWII, music dramatic and often piano-led
  • Paddington 2 - following on from Nick Urata who scored the original movie
  • Bumblebee - the Transformers movie
  • Pinocchio - a delightful score for this live action film
  • The Secret Garden - with some suitably mysterious but magical sounds
  • A Boy called Christmas

TV Music by Dario Marianelli:

  • Blood Strangers - a television drama starring Caroline Quentin and former Doctor Who Paul McGann
  • This Little Life - drama
  • 9/11: The Falling Man - this documentary packs a strong punch as it investigates one of the people who jumped from the World Trade Centre on that fateful day

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Here are a couple of CD covers signed by Dario Marianelli, and also signed by Benjamin Wallfisch who is Marianelli's regular orchestrator and conductor. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail below to see a full size version of the image in a separate window.

Dario Marianelli: Atonement - signed CD Dario Marianelli: The Brothers Grimm - signed CD