THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: NEW INTERVIEWS WITH SIMON FRANGLEN, AND AUDIO EXCERPT
“I’d spoken to [Horner] the day before he died. We’d been working on themes for the film a week before, and he was an incredibly close friend of mine…. We wanted to give Antoine the chance to hear the themes that James had written. We didn’t want them to disappear into the ether.”
“The orchestra knew and loved James, and they played their hearts out. You can hear it in every note…. At the end of this, all I’m proud of is the fact that we did our friend proud.”
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“I obviously wanted to make a score that reflected James’ wishes and his hopes for how it would sound, but I also had to respect Antoine’s need for a score that was part of his film, and therefore the score evolved with time…. Antoine took a big risk by hiring me to complete the score…and part of that was to respect where James had started, but also to make sure that we ended up where Antoine wanted to finish.”
“We’d met in London, and we had a very busy schedule coming up over the following year. We had not only The Magnificent Seven, but he was contracted to write the score for The Great Wall as well, the Matt Damon film, and also for an upcoming Mel Gibson film [Hacksaw Ridge]. I think he was expecting to do that in Australia, and there was a couple of other projects that I can’t talk about. But there was a lot of work going on. And as part of that, we wanted to get the jump on it. And he was also very excited by Magnificent Seven. It’s a western. And you don’t get to do westerns anymore.”
“I remember speaking to him, I think about the day before he died. And he was in a really good place. Very happy, very, very enthusiastic about the upcoming work, and in particular about The Magnificent Seven.”
Read the Awards Daily interview here: awardsdaily.com
Wow, I cannot wait for this CD to arrive. I love Simon’s words “incredibly close friend of mine”, so it’s a wonderful achievement for him to finish off James’s precious work. Thank you, Simon, will you possibly be able to find further unfinished pieces?…really do hope so. Pamela.
Wow, this CD is really growing on me. Track 24-the vocals are stunning. It is a beautiful tribute to James and all concerned…but I still cannot believe this is the LAST film score we will have from him. Wish I knew what to do to ask for Romeo and Juliet as it was recorded. But thank you for this wonder. Pamela.
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