'Cinderella': How Patrick Doyle Composed a Magical, "Youthful" Score

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'Cinderella'

"She only wants to see the best in everyone, and the music tries to encapsulate those emotions," he explains.

When the clock struck on the opening weekend for Cinderella, the Disney live-action retelling collected a total of $132.5 million worldwide.

Part of the reason for the film's magic is Patrick Doyle's score, which ranges from the heartbreaking family shift for the title character (Lily James) to her magical waltz with the prince (Richard Madden). The soundtrack also includes instrumental versions of songs from the 1950 animated princess film: "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song)."

The film composer — whose past credits include Thor, Brave and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — was thrilled to compose the score for Kenneth Branagh's new take on the classic fairy tale, which he thinks has lasted so long because it's about "cruelty, stoicism, love and forgiveness and being an orphan and having to pull your socks up to be strong. ... It has all these great dramatic elements."

Doyle made sure the heroine's unbreakable optimism was inherent in each note of the score. "[Cinderella] only wants to see the best in everyone, and the music tries to encapsulate those emotions," he explains. "The music shouldn't be knowing in itself; it should have a lightness of touch. Even when it gets big, there's a youthful quality."

Listen to Doyle's score below.

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