Film Symphonic Joker with Dirk Brossé
Hildur Guðnadóttir, music for Joker (with a live screening of the 2019 movie by Todd Phillips)
The psychological thriller Joker was undoubtedly one of the most memorable films of the year 2019. The unique origin story surrounding Arthur Fleck, who eventually becomes the psychopathic supervillain terrorizing Gotham City, could charm friend and foe of the Batman universe.
That has everything to do with Joaquin Phoenix’s phenomenal acting. In a deeply human way, he portrays the character of Arthur Fleck, a marginalized individual who slowly but surely slips into delusion. A major cause of this is the discontinuation of his healthcare - a drastic cost-cutting measure. The absurdist and nihilistic actions of the former clinic clown, who cannot control his laughter, soon become the inspiration for a lot of popular protests - until everything gets terribly out of hand.
The music of Joker, which the Belgian National Orchestra, conducted by Dirk Brossé, will perform live, was written by Icelandic composer and classical cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir. Her own instrument, the cello, interprets the title character while
the orchestra symbolizes the madness that rises in the head of the purple-yellow killer clown: first slumbering in the background, then growing louder and finally swallowing the cello whole. For the soundtrack of Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir, who also wrote the music for the celebrated mini-series Chernobyl at the same time, was awarded many prizes including a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Dirk Brossé, conductor
© Photo by Warner Bross Pictures
Dirk Brossé, an internationally acclaimed conductor and award winning composer, is currently Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelph