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Updated May 13, 2010
Meet the man who wrote the music for the Focus Features movies Babies and Coraline.
The Paris-born composer Bruno Coulais got his start where most serious modern composers begin: in the conservatory. Studying violin and piano, Coulais expected to become a composer of 20th century classical music, following the path of such inspirations as Stravinsky and Ligeti. But he was detoured out of music school by a film director, Francois Reichenbach, who asked him to score a film about Mexico. Film music is often looked down upon by so-called “serious composers,” and Coulais initially shared that disdain. “I didn’t want to do that – for me, music had to be very pure,” he said. “But when I tried to do a bit of music for him, I discovered the pleasure of writing for pictures, and after I never stopped.”