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Film composer Danny Elfman tests his classical chops in a new concerto

After vowing never to go through the arduous process of writing a concerto ever again, renowned Hollywood composer Danny Elfman returns with a new Cello Concerto for star French cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. ‘There was something about the result that washed away the hardship,’ he admits of his 2017 Violin Concerto. He has since committed to one classical commission per year. In a career comprising more than a hundred film scores, he found the classical genre’s ‘intensive parameters’ more appealing. ‘I can do denser things than I’m allowed in film,’ he explains. ‘I gravitate towards whatever’s most difficult. That’s how I’m wired.’…

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