Trevor Jones Quotes
I try so desperately to change my styles so people don't say, "Oh, that's a Trevor Jones score". I don't want to pull people out of a movie because of the music - I just want to put emotional life and shading into the movie instead of saying, "Watch me, I'm the composer!" So I'm worried when people identify scores in the past, but stylistically, there's bound to be comparisons. We used Bill Brooks, a wonderful American bass baritone, who did this Tuvan chant - it's a kind of Mongolian Buddhist chanting. It lent a wonderful aspect to the score.
I wanted to be a film composer since I was five years old. I came back from a movie and told my mother that I was going to write scores for films. She gave me a clap on the ear, you know, "those kids!" Actually, I was talking with her about six months ago, and she said, "I still don't know what you do, Trevor, why don't you do a serious job?" But she was always very encouraging about my music, partly because my family has been involved in film. But when I got a scholarship to the Academy, I got the classical training I needed. I was born British, and then South Africa became a republic, so when I got to England on my scholarship, I was a South African. I was treated as an alien, and after 4 years of the Academy, I needed to become naturalized again. The only way to do that was to work for a British institution. Fortunately, my 3rd year at the Academy, I had advanced enough that it brought me to the attention of the BBC. I had written a critique of some classical music, and my practical results were such that they offered me a job. So I worked as a classical music reviewer, which was great! After 4 years you could apply for naturalization, which I did, and that allowed me to continue my studies.
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