Howard Shore: The Thief


Nominated for an Oscar Award in 2011, Howard Shore’s score for the 2011 3D animated film, Hugo, is full of musical delights. The film is based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 book The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, and is based in Paris, France. 


The Music

The Thief is the first track on Shore’s original soundtrack, and it uses a number of neat tricks to lay the foundations for the ‘house style’ of this film. The warm fuzz of strings opens the piece, with a repeated theme being heard a number of times intertwining with a sweet piano theme. Shore introduces an accordion into the mix, which adds the French twist into the mix. As the music grows into a new theme, the vast Parisian landscape becomes clearer, and the music represents this clearly. The strings and accordion unite to play through the theme as Shore creates a long development section for the main melody. The theme ends as the music comes to a small climax with a strong repeated theme. 


Ⓒ Alex Burns

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