Romantica by Peter Cavallo is deeply emotional and greatly melancholic. Do yourself a favor, put on your headphones, immerse yourself in the middle of a concert hall, click play and simply focus on it. Pure art!
What is the story of Romantica? Tell us a few things about it.
Romantica was created basically so I could stretch my wings as a composer. I am not content unless I’m moving forward in my craft. I love writing for strings so solo violin and string orchestra was my first choice. Romantica as a piece is about power and love.
Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
Johann Johannsson, Max Richter, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
What moment in your career are you proudest of?
In 2016 I won an award for Best TV theme, that was nice.
What is the first album you remember hearing as a child?
Peter and the wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. It has stayed with me ever since.
Is being a composer more of a talent or a skill?
Skill is definitely up there. Knowing your craft is essential. It’s the talent that helps you put it together in wonderful ways. You need both but not one without the other.
If you were asked to rescore a film, which one would you choose?
King Kong, the first one. With little audio effects on hand and a tiny budget, Max Steiner was a genius. I’d like the same challenge he had.
If Johann Sebastian Bach were alive today, what kind of music would he compose?
He would be on a Moog creating complex cantatas and we’d all still be scratching our heads going ‘How did he do that?’.
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