The Red Violin (soundtrack)

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The Red Violin
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Soundtrack album by John Corigliano
Released 1999
Genre Classical
Length 65:33
Label Sony Classical
Producer John Corigliano
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The Red Violin is the original soundtrack album, on the Sony Classical label, of the 1999 film The Red Violin (original title: Le violon rouge), starring Carlo Cecchi, Sandra Oh and Samuel L. Jackson. The original score and songs were composed by John Corigliano[1] and performed by Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.

The album won the Academy Award for Best Original Score[2] and was nominated for a Grammy Award: Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (lost to the score of A Bug's Life).


Film director François Girard stated violinist Joshua Bell and Corigliano were involved from the outset, and reviewed every version of the screenplay as it was in development.[3]

Much of the score had to be written before principal photography, which is rare in film.[1] After shooting completed, Corigliano finished "Anna's theme".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Anna's Theme 2:50
  2. Main Title 2:42
  3. Death of Anna 1:44
  4. Birth of the Red Violin 3:05
  5. The Red Violin 1:34
  6. The Monastery 1:06
  7. Kaspar's Audition; Journey to Vienna 2:38
  8. Etudes; Death of Kaspar 2:38
  9. The Gypsies; Journey Across Europe 2:07
  10. Pope's Gypsy Cadenza 1:37
  11. Coitus Musicalis; Victoria's Departure 4:40
  12. Pope's Concert 1:22
  13. Pope's Betrayal 3:00
  14. Journey to China 4:10
  15. People's Revolution; Death of Chou Yuan 3:15
  16. Morritz Discovers the Red Violin 3:38
  17. Morritz's Theme 1:54
  18. The Theft 2:10
  19. End Titles 1:46
  20. "The Red Violin" - Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra 17:37

Violin Solo: Joshua Bell

Preceded by
Dramatic Score:
La vita è bella
(Life Is Beautiful)

Musical or Comedy Score:
Shakespeare in Love
Academy Award for Best Original Score
Succeeded by
Wo hu cang long
(Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Grove, Jeff (July–August 1999). "The Saga of The Red Violin". American Record Guide: 20. 
  2. ^ "THE 72ND ACADEMY AWARDS 2000". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ken (6 June 1999). "Truly Playing the Part". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Grove, Jeff (July–August 1999). "The Saga of The Red Violin". American Record Guide: 21.