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Terence Blanchard Discusses His Score For HARRIET

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Wednesday October 30, 2019

From Yahoo.com

From ‘Joker’ to ‘Judy,’ Composers of Seven of the Year’s Most Celebrated Scores Discuss Their Methods
By: JON BURLINGAME

“Despite its mid-19th-century American setting, Terence Blanchard never alludes to the period in his score for ‘Harriet,’ the story of slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman (played by Cynthia Erivo).

‘People get bogged down with that,’ Blanchard explains. ‘The story of Harriet is a universal story ‘” the story of a very powerful, diminutive woman who didn’t let anything get in her way. I want everybody to relate to her story.’

The composer (an Oscar nominee last year for his music for Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’) recalls director Kasi Lemmons telling him the film was not a profile of a ‘shrinking violent slave. The film is really about her power and strength, her commitment to help people and follow her faith.’ “

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