Thursday, May 7, 2009

GABRIEL YARED to score " Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky"

Gabriel Yared: Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

Dutch director Jan Kounen's upcoming account of the romance between legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel and composer Igor Stravinsky, taking place in Paris efter Stravinsky's infamous premiere of 'The Rite of Spring', gets an original score composed by Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Cold Mountain, The Life of Others).

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky is directed by Jan Kounen and comes September 2009. The story is as follows:

Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. She wants to democratize women's fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste. Coco attends the scandalous first performance of The Rite in a chic white dress. The music and ballet are criticized as too modern, too foreign. Coco is moved but Igor is inconsolable. Paris 1920, Coco is newly wealthy and successful but grief-stricken after Boy's death in a car crash. Igor, following the Russian Revolution is now a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris. Coco is introduced to Igor by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. The attraction between them is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor along with his wife - now sick with consumption - together with his four children and a menagerie of birds to stay at her new villa, Bel Respiro, in Garches. Written by Chris Greenhalgh -

For more information on Gabriel Yared's involvment you can read Mikael Carlsson's article on

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