The goal was to create a feel and atmosphere that embodied the the open, breezy sound of the fields and countryside. We focused particularly on keeping the melodic elements simple and understated. Instead of using many musical notes and motifs to underly the story, we created many dynamic textures that fade and shift as the story unfolds.
People are empathetic creatures. The human experience is highly contagious. We see others laughing or crying, smiling or yawning, and innately feel the urge to do the same. We have the uncanny ability to sense each others' emotions and they affect us in fascinating ways.
As we work through the score for the movie "A Love That Hurts", I've now several times found myself writing music for very painful scenes. This isn't unusual material for movies--pain is a very real part of storytelling. The contrast of joy and suffering is an important part of the craft.
Many consider Russian composer Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1884-1908) as one of the all-time masters of orchestration. He is perhaps best known for composing "Flight of the Bumblebee". During the course of his life, he wrote hundreds of pages of notes on orchestration.
We've all heard the old adage in one form or another--"When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail". It's up to us to be sure we know how (and when) to pick up another tool when the job requires it.