Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel has completed work on his first score for the South American film The Libertador
. Originally asked to just be a musical advisor, Dudamel kept picturing his own soundtrack to the film’s imagery. After composing some pieces on the piano with the script in mind, director Alberto Arvelo asked Dudamel to write the score. Heavily inspired by advice Dudamel received from award winning composer, conductor and pianist John Williams, the soundtrack has a Post-Mahlerian feel while contributions from the Simon Boliver Symphony Orchestra and important figures in the Venezuelen folk music scene add a distinctive Latin American flavor to the work. The result is hauntingly ethereal and full of tension. Fans of Dudamel can hear the suite from Libertador
in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl on July 31st.