Composer focuses on pic's emotional draw

The film score of “The Young Victoria” exudes a certain regal yet romantic air. You’d never expect that the same composer just completed the score to “Ninja Assassin” and is now working on a film called “Kick-Ass.”

“‘Ninja Assassin’ is a mix of songs and score and breaks all the rules, but with ‘Victoria,’ I was much more focused on emotion,” says Ilan Eshkeri. “I would not look at the picture; I would just sit down and try to remind myself what it’s like to be that in love.”

With “Victoria,” Eshkeri felt he was straddling a thin line between contemporary and authentic, despite the pic’s period trappings.

“It needed to be lush and romantic, but also very English and reserved — almost pompous in a way,” he says. “I think that the spirit does match the theme and the period.”

The opening scenes feature a glass harmonica, which Eshkeri says provides a “dreamy and ghostly sound” to indicate the royal life Victoria wanted to escape.

Eshkeri’s mantra is that each piece of music should be character-driven, focusing on the emotional core of each character — hence Victoria is associated with the harp and Albert with his piano.

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