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theartsdesk picks Six film scores, spanning more than a century of cinema, for their weekly soundtracks special including; Alexandre Desplat - Little Women

Director Greta Gerwig reminds us in her sleeve note that, back in the day, buying a soundtrack recording was one of the only ways to relive a favourite film at home. Her smart, crowd-pleasing Little Women was conceived as "a musical without any singing," and Alexandre Desplat's music features two pianists alongside a chamber orchestra, the pianists' four hands matching the source novel's quartet of young protagonists. Gerwig wanted Desplat to provide something "beautiful without being cloying, epic without crushing the actors" and he's largely succeeded. This is a sweet, understated score, the shifts between buttoned-up formality and romantic outpouring cleverly managed. I wish that Desplat had given his two pianists a more prominent role, but presumably their studied politeness is the point. There's a lovely moment near the end, the warmth of "Jo Writes" reminding me of a similar moment in Christopher Willis's David Copperfield score (see below).

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