Danny Elfman talks about writing the score for the ice sculpture scene in 'Edward Scissorhands'
This year's Lincoln Center Festival begins with a concert of Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton. The composer sat down with Vulture to discuss eight of the most popular scores of his career, including The Simpsons, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Batman Returns, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Here's what Elfman had to say about the ice dance scene from Edward Scissorhands:
I’ve always enjoyed using some kind of choir, or the boys’ soprano soloist; there’s just something about the sound of children that particularly gets me.
There was nothing to indicate what music should be played for this movie. I had two themes for Edward Scissorhands but no themes for anybody else. That’s just the way it came together.
Frequently, my process isn’t really a process. It’s what scenes form in front of me and trying to explain it. I don’t know what made me want to use children’s voices other than telling the story and telling the fairy tale. I think that probably opened the door to Tchaikovsky and using a choir in that way, I’m sure. But it’s all very unconscious.
Edward was a really cool process of being left alone with Tim. Nobody was watching over our shoulders, nobody even seemed concerned that we were even writing a score or working on the music. We were just two weird guys working on our own, under the radar and everything.
And the result was Edward.
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