Editors’ Notes Oscar-nominated Philomena screenwriter/costar Steve Coogan offers insightful praise for the film’s French composer, Alexandre Desplat: “I love his scores because they don’t spoon-feed the audience. His are much more subtle.” Indeed, the composer’s musical instinct often seems like a sixth sense in service of director Stephen Frears’ bittersweet road movie. Desplat coaxes great emotional resonance from the theme, rooted in the sounds of a simple fairground calliope. Desplat explains that the theme became “the beating heart" of the film. "The movie starts with this scene in the fairground," he says, "and we hear in the background an organ playing a tune, and that's mine. When this melody comes back, I'm not sure anyone has noticed that it was in the fairground. Never mind—it's there, subliminally played. And that's how I've tailored the score with this theme recurring here and there, orchestrated in a way that reminds us of the fairground sound with little recorders and strings.”

SONG
Philomena
1
2:53
 
Martin
2
1:38
 
Birth
3
3:00
 
Laundry
4
1:59
 
Adoption
5
3:37
 
Drives To Roscrea
6
1:15
 
Reminiscence
7
1:48
 
Airport
8
3:11
 
Landing in USA
9
1:35
 
Discovering Michael
10
4:52
 
Mary
11
1:56
 
Confession
12
5:48
 
Memories
13
1:16
 
No Thought of Ireland
14
2:07
 
Quiet Time, To Pete's
15
3:36
 
Anthony's Story
16
3:25
 
Sister Hildegarde
17
3:14
 
Farewell
18
2:48
 
Fairground Carousel
19
1:08
 

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