Composer Marc Streitenfeld talks "Robin Hood" score, "Welcome to the Rileys" and More
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 17:11:08
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Music is as integral to any medieval tale of heroism as swords and shields are.
Marc Streitenfeld's score for Robin Hood propels the film's action with an epic bombast, but it also reels in the subdued moments with a tangible emotionality arising from lilting near-hymnal passages. Streitenfeld constructed unique themes for the main characters, adding distinct sonic dimensions to their respective personalities. As a result, the music in Robin Hood is some of the most powerful that Streitenfeld has put to tape and Ridley Scott has utilized in a film.
Composer Marc Streitenfeld sits down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about creating the score for Robin Hood and what's next on the horizon for him.
Your score for Robin Hood is very classic but, at the same time, there's a modern energy to it. Was that a balance you were attempting to strike with the music?
I did want to strike that balance with the music. This Robin Hood is a fresh take on a classic tale. I wanted to create a score that would work for a classic tale set in the 12th century, but at the same time follow Ridley Scott’s new approach to the story.
Since this is a new reimagining of a classic tale, had you gone back to any of the earlier versions of the Robin Hood story for inspiration?
After speaking the Ridley about the film, I knew right away this would be a different take on the story and I didn’t want to confuse myself by watching earlier versions.
When you're composing for a film, do the characters or the plot have a greater influence on the music?
It depends on the project. In Robin Hood I used a combination of character and story driven themes. Each main character has its own theme, and there are several story-driven themes that develop throughout the film.
Did you have a certain sonic theme in mind for this hero from the get-go?
Since the film is set in England in the 12th century, I wanted to pick up on the time period and location by utilizing Medieval and Celtic solo instruments. The sound for this score developed throughout the entire writing process.
What was the most exciting part of working on this film?
Recording the score is always a highlight for me. Hearing your music played live by a large orchestra for the first time is hard to beat.
How do you get closer to those larger action set pieces? The music fits very well.
I started writing for Robin Hood while the film was still being edited. Some of the action sequences I approached earlier on in the writing process to find the right tone for the action. At that point those set pieces are still constantly changing and the music develops accordingly.
What's next for you?
I just finished working on mastering the soundtrack album for my score for Welcome to the Rileys. The film and album are being release at the end of the month.
Have you heard Marc's Robin Hood score yet?