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Interview…Composer Guillaume Roussel on Reviving ‘Black Beauty’

The holiday season is a great time to get together (safely!) with friends and family. And while the theaters are hurting, there’s still plenty of content hitting streaming platforms that we can enjoy with one another. One such title is the Ashley Avis penned/directed revamp of the classic novel by Anna Sewell which premiered exclusively on Disney+ on November 27.

Guillaume Roussel was tapped to bring a fresh sound to Black Beauty. His palette was predominately the piano, but he added to it with a plenty of instruments including a dulcimer and other folkloric sounds/motifs. The result is a warm, heart-felt score that also becomes a bit of a travelog which expands in tandem with the titular horse’s journey.

We spoke to Guillume for 30 mins to discuss his work on Black Beauty, his process, his discussions with the director, and other projects on his plate. So giddy up, and enjoy!

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#BlackBeautyMovie, stars Mackenzie Foy and features Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet as the voice of Beauty.