Ludovic Bource's 'The Artist' Score May Get Worldwide Concert Tour
I've had the opportunity to write about many of my favorite scores from this year, and here's yet another one. Billboard (via AV Club) is reporting that WME and The Weinstein Company are considering putting together a live orchestra concert tour with French composer Ludovic Bource behind the score for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. The film is also one of my favorites this year, just a wonderful ode to the silent filmmaking era, and the score is a magnificent throwback as well, inspired by Alfred Newman's old scores. Apparently Bource has even passed on three projects while preparing for the potential tour. Sounds great!
While nothing is apparently set in stone just yet, word is the tour would travel around the world (which is where The Artist has the most appeal) including to destinations like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Brussels, London, Geneva, and potentially Australia. I'm a big fan of Bource's score for this and I think what they're implying here is that maybe they'd show the film with the live orchestra, like back in the old days when silent films were playing. If that's the case, I'll be there for the Los Angeles concert no question. Bource's The Artist score has already received a Golden Globe nomination and many other accolades, and is expected to get some Oscar love as well. If you've seen the film you know it's a playful and charming score.
According to Billboard, inspired by F.W. Murnau's "Tabu: A Story of the South Seas" and "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans," movies by Ernst Lubistch and scores by Alfred Newman, Ludovic Bource initially turned to Johannes Brahms and German poet Hans von Schmidt's "Sapphisce Ode" for his inspiration on the score. If you haven't heard any of it yet, here's one of my favorite pieces that contains a sampling of the range and just how much fun this score is to listen to. Would make for a great concert experience. Take a listen here:
If you haven't gone out to see The Artist yet (watch the trailer), I can't suggest it enough, it's a great film! The Weintein Co. has already opened The Artist in theaters now and will continue to expand its distribution.