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Jean-Yves Thibaudet on film scores and classical music

December 31, 2011 |  9:00 am

Jean Yves Thibaudet
Hollywood has been incorporating classical music since the advent of sound, but pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet hopes that in the 21st century, classical music will start incorporating Hollywood more often.

Says the French virtuoso: “The relationship between the classical music world and the movies, they can learn a lot working together. The collaboration is important.”

A story in Sunday’s Arts & Book section looks at the relationship between a film composer and classical soloist — and how they came together in a short period of time to create a score for the film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” that is both modern and melodic.

“So many of the great composers wrote for the movies: Shostakovich, Korngold,” Thibaudet says. “The ultimate challenge dream for me, is to do a movie score by a composer that could be performed in a concert hall.  Too many great scores have no life after the movie.  It would be phenomenal to arrange it and to be able to perform it, so instead of Chopin, people could hear the suite from a movie.”

Thibaudet performs with the L.A. Phil this week and hopes that the new film score brings new people to Disney Hall: “When you play in a movie, it’s unbelievable the result.  I can’t tell you how many times people have said, ‘I enjoyed your music in 'Pride & Prejudice,’ this is my first time ever coming to a concert.’  That to me is priceless.”

Read the tale of how Jean-Yves Thibaudet recorded the score for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

-- James C. Taylor

Photo: Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Credit: Jennifer Altman/For The Times