The Academy Award-winning composer Rachel Portman has released “leaves and trees,” her first artist single and music video via Node Records — the specialty boutique film soundtracks label of Wise Music Group, whose notable releases include the Academy Award-winning Free Solo, the Academy Award-nominated The Wife, and CNN Films’ Halston.
Note From Rachel Portman
“leaves and trees” took as its starting point the sense of being immersed within the upper branches of a beech tree in late spring. The leaves are at their freshest and greenest, and the light is refracted through them as they move in the breeze. The music is an expression of that feeling. It’s impossible to say what happens when trying to evoke my response to those leaves and trees as no thinking can happen in order to allow the music to write itself.
About Rachel Portman
Portman is a critically-acclaimed composer who has written over 100 scores for film, television and theatre. She was the first female composer to win an Academy Award, for scoring Emma. She has received two further Academy nominations for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, the latter which also earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Additionally Rachel has written for symphony orchestra as well as stage works. Her opera based on Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince was written for Houston Grand Opera in 2003, and Portman received an Emmy nomination of Outstanding Musical Direction for BBC’s filmed version. Portman received an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Grey Gardens (2009), and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for HBO’s Bessie (2015). In 2019 Portman wrote Earth Song, a choral piece quoting text by Greta Thunberg, and scored BBC One’s animation Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. Portman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.
About Node Records
Node Records is a specialty boutique label committed to releasing and marketing music from groundbreaking artists and films. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Node is distributed by BFD / The Orchard. Notable releases include the Oscar-winning Free Solo, the Oscar-nominated The Wife, and CNN Films’ Halston.
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