Clint Mansell Scoring Aronofsky's Black Swan With Tchaikovsky
by Alex Billington
December 26, 2009
Great news for those of you who are fans of the immensely talented and vastly underrated composer Clint Mansell. In a recent interview with IFM's Little White Lies (via The Playlist), Mansell revealed that he will be reteaming with Darren Aronofsky for his upcoming film Black Swan. Aronofsky is currently shooting the supernatural thriller, that's about rival ballet dancers (including one that may be a ghost), in New York as we speak. Mansell also explains that he's talked with Aronofsky about creating the score for this entirely out of elements from Tchaikovsky's 1876 ballet Swan Lake. Wow, now that could be a truly amazing score.
The interview is fantastic, so I suggest reading it if you're a fan of Mansell, but here's the Black Swan part:
"Well it's all really embryonic at the moment, one of the main ideas we've got is building the entire score out of elements from Swan Lake. I mean it would have to be vastly screwed with, but that's a starting point. Sometimes we've had ideas in the past and you put them into practice and they just suck, so we'll see. Darren only just started shooting so for now it's about doing the nuts and bolts really and providing him just what he needs to shoot with and in January I'll start to mess around with some of the things we've talked about."
Although he scored Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream in 2000, I became a true fan of Mansell after hearing his amazing score in The Fountain (iTunes link). He also scored Duncan Jones' Moon and Aronofsky's The Wrestler and a few other movies, but sadly has never been nominated for an Oscar, even though he certainly deserves one. I was already looking forward to Black Swan but this just makes it even better. Using music from Swan Lake kind of reminds me of how Quentin Tarantino has recently built up the soundtracks in his movies out of pieces of old Ennio Morricone scores. I'm already anxious to find out if this actually happens.
If you're interested, you can hear the theme to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake on YouTube. Just imagine hearing that music remixed by Clint Mansell playing behind a supernatural ballet thriller starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel that's directed by Darren Aronofsky. That sounds incredibly mesmerizing!