NEW YORK, NY (MARCH 2019) – Sony Music announces the release of THE CHAPERONE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Emmy Award-nominated composer MARCELO ZARVOS (Fences, Wonder, Sin Nombre) – available everywhere March 29. Originally making its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, The Chaperone makes its theatrical debut alongside the soundtrack’s release on March 29.
Of the soundtrack, composer MARCELO ZARVOS says: “For the original score of The Chaperone I chose a more restrained chamber music approach rather than a big sweeping orchestra. There is something incredibly intimate and reserved about the character of Norma Carlisle, brilliantly brought to life by Elizabeth McGovern, that I wanted to preserve and honor in the score. The focus was always on Norma’s internal world and gentle curiosity. The instrumentation of string quartet, trumpet, woodwinds, piano and harp was meant to capture the universal aspect of the story, leaving the wonderful jazzy and diverse source pieces in the film to portray the bustling 1920’s New York City.”
Director MICHAEL ENGLER states: “I wanted the score for The Chaperone to suggest the intimacy of the artistic and emotional longings of the characters rather than reflect the period in general. Marcelo did an incredible job of crafting it with a slight nod to the chamber music pieces that Louise dances to and that her mother plays.”
Louise Brooks the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.
Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It’s a story full of surprises—about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.
Based on Laura Moriarty’s beloved New York Times best-selling novel, “The Chaperone” reunites the writer (Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes), director (Michael Engler) and star (Elizabeth McGovern) of “Downton Abbey” for an immersive and richly emotional period piece. The film also stars Campbell Scott, Géza Röhrig, Miranda Otto, Robert Fairchild, and Blythe Danner.
ABOUT MARCELO ZARVOS
The subtle nuances of composer Marcelo Zarvos’ style are evidenced in his recent scores for Fences directed by and starring Denzel Washington, Golden Globe-winning The Affair and Ray Donovan. Though his training began by studying classical music he later began delving into jazz, rock and world music. This expansion of influence helped to create Zarvos’ trademark sound – a seamless blend of classical, orchestral, rock, electronic and various ethnic elements, that together create uniquely affecting and emotionally charged music for film, TV, modern dance and the concert stage. Zarvos most recently scored the acclaimed hit film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay and directed by Stephen Chbosky which opened in November 2017.
Because of his skill with layered stories and emotive undertones, Brazilian-born Zarvos has become the go-to composer for filmmakers like Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give, the recent Amazon series One Mississippi), Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest), Tod Williams (The Door In The Floor, Cell), Ross Katz (Adult Beginners, The Choice), Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and Barry Levinson (The Humbling, You Don’t Know Jack, Rock The Kasbah).
A classically trained pianist and composer, Zarvos earned his BFA from Cal Arts. He burst onto the film landscape in the early 2000s with his score for Kissing Jessica Stein and with the film adaptation of the John Irving novel, The Door In The Floor. Zarvos’ credits include The Good Shepherd, The Words, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Face Of Love, Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras), Sin Nombre, Hollywoodland, Adult Beginners, The Humbling, Little Accidents, American Ultra and Enough Said.
Twice nominated for Primetime Emmy® Awards (for You Don’t Know Jack and Taking Chance), Zarvos’ television work includes Too Big To Fail, The Big C, Extant, the HBO movie Phil Spector, the Amazon series One Mississippi and Z: The Beginning Of Everything, the limited series The Romanoffs for Amazon and two current Showtime series The Affair and Ray Donovan. Zarvos’ recent projects include The Land Of Steady Habits written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, The Choice (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) and Mapplethorpe starring Matt Smith and directed by Ondi Timoner.
THE CHAPERONE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) – TRACKLISTING
1. Parisian Sunset – Jonathan Hartman
2. Arrival in New York – Marcelo Zarvos
3. After The Ball – Charles K. Harris
4. She’s A Whole Lotta Love – Jonathan Hartman
5. Searching the archives – Marcelo Zarvos
6. Carlisle Argument – Marcelo Zarvos
7. Oh God of Loveliness (Traditional)
8. High Noon – Jonathan Hartman
9. At The Citrus Ball – Jonathan Hartman
10. I’m Just Wild About Harry – Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake
11. First Day of Class – Marcelo Zarvos
12. Meet My Brother – Marcelo Zarvos
13. Giving Flowers – Marcelo Zarvos
14. You Are So Small When You Go To Sleep (Traditional)
15. Immaculate Mary (Traditional)
16. Big Papas Strut – Jonathan Hartman
17. Arabesque No. 1 – Claude Debussy
18. Family Goodbyes – Marcelo Zarvos
19. Long Lost Mother – Marcelo Zarvos
20. Good News – Marcelo Zarvos
21. Gypsys Lament – Jonathan Hartman
22. Poboys and Beignets – Jonathan Hartman
23. Lil Boy Blue – Jonathan Hartman
24. Liebestraum No.3 in A Flat, S.541 – Franz Liszt
25. Looking For Louise – Marcelo Zarvos
26. Norma at the Door – Edward Lyle Barton, Marcelo Zarvos
27. Sneaking Out – Marcelo Zarvos
28. Packing For Home – Marcelo Zarvos
29. Divorce Talks – Marcelo Zarvos
30. Norma & Joseph – Marcelo Zarvos