Audio: On the Score with Abel Korzeniowski

By • September 24, 2013

ON THE SCORE is sponsored by La-La Land Records

Poland is a country awash in classical musical culture, a centuries-old, richly melodic heritage that’s continued from the concert hall to the scoring stage. Such native sons as Jan Kaczmarek, Wojiech Kilar and Zbigniew Preisner have gone further to impress Hollywood with their passion for pure, elegant harmony with “Unfaithful,” “Dracula ” and “When A Man Loves A Woman,” soundtracks whose sophistication were telltale signs as to their composer’s harmonic ethnicity, as opposed to mainstream movie music convention.

Now, a new Poland-to-Hollywood filmscoring immigrant named Abel Korzenioswki is on the rise, impressing with a lush, classical quality whose refinement and daring is nothing less than audacious in an age when pure melody is increasingly anathema. A native of Cracow and student of the legendary modernist Krzysztof Penderecki, Korzenioswki’s talent was already lauded throughout his continent when his music made its bigscreen English language debut with 2007s “Battle For Terra.” Providing a sound both cosmically epic and alien-ethnic for this unsung animated adventure, Korzenioswki next segued to the refined, moody elegance that distinguished the short, passionate life of “A Single Man.” Returning to animation with the rapturous score that captured the life of Poland’s scientific genius in “Copernicus Star,” Korzenioswki’s touch for embodying sophistication and style drew the attention of The Material Girl herself, who not had him score her Edward Simpson film “W.E.,” but also write for her world concert tour.

But it’s Korzenioswki’s new trip that’s gaining even more notoriety, as his simultaneously beautiful and menacing symphonic-retro score for “Escape From Tomorrow” has turned a shot-on-the-sly visit to America’s favorite resort of Disneyworld into an awesomely mind-bending descent into madness. Its gorgeous, yet disorientating sound is the Sleeping Beauty castle at the height of seditiousness for this satirical takedown of theme park excess. However, the swooning beauty of Korzenioswki’s score for “Romeo and Juliet” is the real, Shakespearean deal for a new version that sticks with the play’s setting, unlike so many hiply modern adaptations of The Bard ‘s work. Employing orchestrations redolent of the Renaissance era, Korzenioswki’s score convey the symphonic rapture of first love. Glistening percussion, a solo piano and angelic voices are a sound both heaven-sent and tragedy-bound for a couple that remain the screen’s most iconically fated teen lovers.

Now on this new episode of “On the Score,” Abel Korzenioswki talks about his time-honored, ethnically melodic origins, and what it takes to transfer that unbridled harmony to the universal language of Hollywood, whether it’s touring Tomorrowland on the sly or Verona in the Shakespearean truth.

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a Buy the Soundtrack: ROMEO AND JULIET
a Buy the Soundtrack: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW
a Buy the Soundtrack: COPERNICUS STAR
a Buy the Soundtrack: W.E.
a Visit Abel Korzenioswki’s Website


By Richard Anthony Jay on September 27th, 2013 at 7:40 am

I’m a big fan of Abel – he does such great work, and this was a really interesting interview too

By mesple on September 30th, 2013 at 10:32 pm


The “Click Here to Download” seems to link to wrong page. It goes to another html page other than sound clip. Please modify it. Thank you!

By Robyn Young on October 8th, 2013 at 3:36 am

Thanks for letting us know – the link has now been fixed.


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Film Music Magazine

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