Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Now Available; Physical CD Available September 17th On Decca
September 11, 2013 (New York, NY) — Lorne Balfe, the Grammy Award-winning and BAFTA nominated film composer, heightens the intrigue and mystery of the highly anticipated film, SALINGER with his haunting score. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Decca is available September 3rd at all digital partners including iTunes, followed by a physical release on September 17th. SALINGER, a Weinstein Company film directed and produced by Shane Salerno, arrived at theatres on September 6th. The companion Simon & Schuster book co-authored by Salerno and David Shields, SALINGER, was released September 3.
Director Shane Salerno contributed a thoughtful liner note in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack package. There he explains, “I was extremely fortunate to have Lorne serve as the composer of Salinger. He is the only person I ever wanted for the job.” He adds, “Lorne’s work has become an integral part of the film, creating emotional themes, rhythms, moods and grace notes that are as important as any scene, photograph, or story in the film. It is a score as complex as Salinger himself and required a composer with extraordinary sensitivity and range.”
Additional notes in the soundtrack are contributed by Balfe himself. The composer explains, “to have been invited to be a part of Salinger was an honor.” Writing the perfect musical backdrop for SALINGER was no easy task. Balfe explains, “Because of the array of emotions to musically compliment in Salinger – not to mention the decades Salinger’s story spanned – it was a very complicated job for a composer. The secretive nature of the film, though exciting, also made scoring the film particularly difficult. Even during scoring there were numerous scenes that I was not allowed to see.”
During the nine years in which SALINGER was in production – including the six years while the project was being shot under wraps – filmmaker Shane Salerno interviewed hundreds of people the world over, many of whom had previously declined to go on the record about their relationship with the iconic author. Salerno’s much speculated-upon documentary, which has made front page news since 2010, offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger’s World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his New Yorker colleagues, and people with whom he had relationships that were unknown even to his own family. Providing unparalleled access to never-before-published photographs, diaries, letters, legal records, and documents, the highly anticipated SALINGER paints a definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century. Particularly illuminating the last fifty-six years of the writer’s life—a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers— Salerno has, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall.
Hailing from Scotland, Lorne Balfe is known not only in the film score arena, but also in television and gaming. Most recently, his music featured on the BBC and Sundance Channel TV mini-series, Restless, earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition. In the US, Lorne has recently worked alongside director, Scott Walker for the film, The Frozen Ground, starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. In collaboration with composer, Rachel Portman, he also completed the music for 10×10′s feature documentary, Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee, Richard E. Robbins that features narration by actresses such as Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.
Lorne began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including the second and third installments of The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Simpsons Movie, Angels & Demons, Iron Man, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also composed additional music on the 2009 Golden Globe nominated film Frost/Nixon. In 2009, Balfe was music producer and composer of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 video game, and score producer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Only a year later, in 2011, Balfe produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.
Over the last several years, Balfe has composed additional music for The Dark Knight, Inception, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Madagascar 3, and 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises.