Based on his descriptions and a graciously shared private demo, the music for Amélie will feel familiar for Broadway (think swelling choruses and narrative lyrics), while still true to Messé’s personal background and style.
“It definitely sounds like me. One of the big challenges for me is that there is already iconic music associated with this piece. The Yann Tiersen score is amazing,” he gushes, drawing out the vowels in the last word.
“It’s like one of the best movie scores there is. It’s one of the reasons why I love the film. But, it’s not what I do. He’s a very different sort of composer than I am. And I’m not interested in doing Parisian music. I don’t think I’m even going to use accordion in my score. The music sounds like mine. But certainly, I’m not playing up the Americana elements either. I’m not having pedal steel and fiddle, but it’ll be hyper-romantic and playful more than anything.”
"For a long time I resisted, I turned down every offer. But 10 years later, there's a bit of a crisis. I support an organisation called Mecenat Chirurgie Cardiac (Heart Surgery Patronage). It costs 10,000 euros to save a child, I have already helped to save a good dozen children, and then I thought this could be an opportunity to save more," he said.
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