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Alexandre Desplat

French composer Alexandre Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores. Starting with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for television and film had reached a total of 100 by 2007. In these works, he developed a contemplative style that did not attempt to respond on a point-by-point basis to the action onscreen, but rather set its own complementary mood. He began to attract attention in the U.S. with The Luzhin Defence in 2000, which had a soundtrack album released in America by Silva Screen Records. His music for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) earned a Golden Globe nomination, and with that recognition he began to work increasingly on English-language films distributed by the Hollywood studios, including Birth (2004), The Upside of Anger (2005), Hostage (2005), Casanova (2005), Syriana (2005) (also nominated for a Golden Globe), Firewall (2006), and The Painted Veil (2006) (a Golden Globe Award winner), all of which produced soundtrack albums. The Queen (2006) earned him his first Academy Award nomination. He received his second Oscar nomination in 2008 for his work on David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and again in 2010 for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. More high profile film scores followed, including both installments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Argo, Philomena, and in 2014, both the Imitation Game and the Grand Budapest Hotel, the latter of which saw him land his first Academy Award win. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack)

2. The Alpine Sudetenwaltz

3. Mr. Moustafa

4. Overture: M. Gustave H

5. A Prayer For Madame D

8. Daylight Express To Lutz

9. Schloss Lutz Overture

10. The Family Desgoffe Und Taxis

11. Last Will And Testament

12. Up The Stairs/Down The Hall

13. Night Train To Nebelsbad

14. The Lutz Police Militia

15. Check Point 19 Criminal Internment Camp Overture

17. J.G. Jopling, Private Inquiry Agent

18. A Dash Of Salt (Ludwig's Theme)

19. The Cold-Blooded Murder Of Deputy Vilmos Kovacs

20. Escape Concerto

21. The War (Zero's Theme)

22. No Safe-House

23. The Society Of The Crossed Keys

24. M. Ivan

25. Lot 117

26. Third Class Carriage

27. Canto At Gabelmeister's Peak

28. A Troops Barracks (Requiem For The Grand Budapest)

29. Cleared Of All Charges

30. The Mystical Union

32. Traditional Arrangement: "Moonshine"

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Track List: Rise Of The Guardians (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score

2. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Calling The Guardians

3. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Alone In The World

4. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Fanfare Of The Elves

5. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Wind Take Me Home!

6. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Dreamsand

7. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Pitch On The Globe

8. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: The Moon

9. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Snowballs

10. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Busy Workshop

11. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Sleigh Launch

12. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Nightmares Attack

13. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Tooth Collection

14. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Jamie's Bedroom

15. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Jack & Sandman

16. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Memorial

17. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Guardians Regroup

18. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Easter

19. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Jack Betrays

20. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Kids Stop Believing

21. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Jack's Memories

22. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Pitch At North Pole

23. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Jamie Believes

24. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Jack's Center

25. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Sandman Returns

26. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Dreamsand Miracles

27. Rise Of The Guardians, Film Score: Oath Of The Guardians

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Track List: The Ides Of March (Original Soundtrack)

Title: The Ides Of March, Film Score

1. The Ides Of March, Film Score: The Ides Of March

2. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Undercurrents

3. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Behind The Flag

4. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Paranoia

5. The Ides Of March, Film Score: The Candidate

6. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Molly's Solitude

7. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Doubt

8. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Molly

9. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Zara Vs. Duffy

10. The Ides Of March, Film Score: The Intern

11. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Stephen Meyers

12. The Ides Of March, Film Score: The Betrayal

13. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Lobbying

14. The Ides Of March, Film Score: Fired

15. The Ides Of March, Film Score: The Campaign

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Track List: Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Lily's Theme

2. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: The Tunnel

3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Underworld

4. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Gringotts

5. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Dragon Flight

6. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Neville

7. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: A New Headmaster

8. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Panic Inside Hogwarts

9. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Statues

10. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: The Grey Lady

11. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: In The Chamber Of Secrets

12. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Battlefield

13. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: The Diadem

14. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Broomsticks And Fire

15. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Courtyard Apocalypse

16. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Snape's Demise

17. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Severus And Lily

18. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Harry's Sacrifice

19. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: The Resurrection Stone

20. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Harry Surrenders

21. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Procession

22. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Neville The Hero

23. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Showdown

24. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: Voldemort's End

25. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Film Score: A New Beginning

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Track List: Birth (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Birth, Film Score

1. Birth, Film Score: Prologue

2. Birth, Film Score: The Engagement

4. Birth, Film Score: Under A Spell

5. Birth, Film Score: The Wedding

6. Birth, Film Score: Letter

7. Birth, Film Score: The Kiss

8. Birth, Film Score: Mr. Reincarnation

9. Birth, Film Score: Day Out

10. Birth, Film Score: Knights At Night

11. Birth, Film Score: Timpani

12. Birth, Film Score: Another Lifetime

13. Birth, Film Score: My Dead Husband

14. Birth, Film Score: Elegy

15. Birth, Film Score: Birth Waltz

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Track List: Argo (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Argo, Film Score

1. Argo, Film Score: Argo

2. Argo, Film Score: A Spy In Tehran

3. Argo, Film Score: Scent Of Death

4. Argo, Film Score: The Mission

5. Argo, Film Score: Hotel Messages

6. Argo, Film Score: Held Up By Guards

7. Argo, Film Score: The Business Card

8. Argo, Film Score: Breaking Through The Gates

9. Argo, Film Score: Tony Grills The Six

10. Argo, Film Score: The Six Are Missing

11. Argo, Film Score: Sweatshop

12. Argo, Film Score: Drive To The Airport

13. Argo, Film Score: Missing Home

14. Argo, Film Score: Istanbul (The Blue Mosque)

15. Argo, Film Score: Bazaar

16. Argo, Film Score: Cleared Iranian Airspace

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Track List: Unbroken (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Unbroken, Film Score

1. Unbroken, Film Score: We Are Here

2. Unbroken, Film Score: Torrance Tornado

3. Unbroken, Film Score: Coming Home

4. Unbroken, Film Score: Olympic Kick

5. Unbroken, Film Score: God Made The Stars

6. Unbroken, Film Score: Surprise Mac Attack

7. Unbroken, Film Score: Albatross

8. Unbroken, Film Score: Mac's Death

9. Unbroken, Film Score: Solitary

10. Unbroken, Film Score: Making Gnocchi

11. Unbroken, Film Score: Drive To Radio Tokyo

12. Unbroken, Film Score: Japanese Attack

13. Unbroken, Film Score: Trip To Omori

14. Unbroken, Film Score: Bombing Tokyo

15. Unbroken, Film Score: Rain

16. Unbroken, Film Score: Dead Comrades

17. Unbroken, Film Score: To Naoetsu

18. Unbroken, Film Score: Broken Ankle

19. Unbroken, Film Score: The Bird's Farewell

20. Unbroken, Film Score: Radio Reading

21. Unbroken, Film Score: The Plank

22. Unbroken, Film Score: The War Is Over

23. Unbroken, Film Score: Unbroken

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Kiss your hand 10 times and say your crushes name 3 times and post this on 2 other songs. And your crush will kiss you the nearest Friday
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i also love the movie and books for harry potter !!! amazing music!!
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In other words: HARRY POTTER FTW!!!!!
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Twilight New Moon:The Meadow-
Touching but no where as amazing as Lily's Theme in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows P2.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p2 Lily's Theme:
So amazing and emotional, expresses Lily perfectly. Does magic for this movie.
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This is so very moving!! I Love It. What a Great Composition. I Always Loved The Meadow, by Alexander Desplat!!!!
What a Touching Arrangement! ! ! ! Just can't get over the (piano) arrangement in this!! Phenomenal!! !
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Nice work. Especially great in Harry Potter.
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shannajoy4hi m
@andrus359: if u like Rise of the Guardians, please follow me!
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shannajoy4hi m
I love his music for Rise of the Guardians. My favorite movie ever! Jack's song (the one that plays when he first uses his staff) is so beautiful!!!
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alleyeagar
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar an your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works.
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The HPatDHp2 Lilys Theme is so beautiful, brings tears every time. Reminds me of Snapes love for Lily. Should have played this while Snape died, or did they?
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These songs are just so beautiful!!
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Love this guy's work!
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That awkward moment when you realize: Voldemort is a Minecraft villager. o_O
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gabriel.zhan g
HPatDHp2 looks and sounds AWESOME x10000000000 0 0 0 0 ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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gabriel.zhan g
creepy sometimes,bu t A W S O M E
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Don't red this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't repost this you will die in two days. Now that you have started reading it don't stop. This is so scary post it on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When don't press f6 of your computer, your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters. This actually works.
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kjclement
I was screaming and crying the entire time.
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kjclement
Kiss your hand 5 times
Post this on 2 other songs
There will be a pink or a blue iPhone under your pillow
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This is the best music i have ever heard
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Julie & Julia- perfect!
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Nice to hear this song after a long day!
Soothing for sure. Love the music score from twlight.
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Awesome, love the books
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mishman30
this song is AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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da-crux01
I have read these books so many times
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He is an okay kind of guy:|
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The Imitation Game soundtrack was WONDERFUL. It goes perfectly with the movie.
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Love hp listing to it at 12:21 AM to go to sleep I'm 9
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Omg his song for twilight are beautiful
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The first thing I thought is if watch the movies,in years 4-6ish they have MAJOR growth spurts.and also Hermione is WAY too hot to marry Ron Weasely.Or to marry anyone.SHE IS A SECRET MODEL.A TIME TURNER model.Hmmmmm m m m . A n d IF we go with the years of school,SINCE his birthday is in August and school is too,he is eighteen when he defeats LORD VOLDEMORT(oo p s , I mean the DARK Lord)but he looks exactly like my 24 year old brother(- the horrid glasses(my brothers)wit h mabie a couple swings of butterbe
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
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Harry is so hot!
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recently discovered him, and realized he wrote the music of some of my favorite movies. awesome
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the Harry Potter soundtrack gives me the chills its so amazing. (it also made me cry)
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Best guy ever!
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morken
whoa he did rise of the guardians AND hp?!?!?!?!?! ? ! ? eeee!
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did a wonderful job perfect for new moon!!
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minute
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the best of all the Twilights!!
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I love all of his music! Especially Rise of the Guardians and Harry Potter!
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Harry Potter music was beyond beautiful. Wait, he did a Twilight film score? ALEXANDRE, HOW COULD YOU?!?!?!?
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doglove905
harry potter!!!!!! ! ! and he has a really cool last name!!!!!
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i love his music i listen to it when i do my classes and home work !!!!
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I haven't seen the movie but it does look amazing. I hope it gets nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
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He also composed the new Rise of the Guardians movie! It was so amazing, loved the score and loved the movie!
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I love the music in this score! Best Harry Potter music composer ever!
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amazing score!! i was so sad when they didnt actually use it in the movie!
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this guy is great!! (not sarcastic :))
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I love this guy - Harry Potter's score was amazing! He also did the Curious Case of Benjamin Button which has one of my favorite songs on it!
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new moon's score was definitely the best of the series in my opinion
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