How do you find the notes to effectively and respectfully capture the emotions in a true-life story set against a terrible tragedy? That was the challenge facing composer Fernando Velazquez for “The Impossible.” Reteaming with director J.A. Bayona after collaborating on “The Orphange,” Velazquez rose to the challenge of honoring the survivors whose story inspired the movie, by writing a score to compliment the complex tides of feelings of a family torn apart by the deadly 2004 tsunami, and ultimately reunited once again.
Today we have an exclusive stream of the first track from the soundtrack, “The Impossible Main Title.” It sets up the overall tone and mood of the picture and score, and nicely introduces the motifs that will reoccur through the film. The score was recorded with the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, but perhaps more importantly, the filmmakers were able to meet Maria Belon, whose story the movie is based around. As you’ll see in the featurette below, having her support and input was an important ingredient in shaping the movie.
“The Impossible” soundtrack is now available on iTunes, and the film opens in limited release on December 21st. Listen and watch below.