Alexandre Desplat


The Shape of Water

a film by Guillermo del Toro

starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
more info about the film on IMDB


Music composed and conducted by Alexandre Desplat
Decca Records (2017)

Music recorded by Peter Cobbin at Abbey Road Studios, London
Mixed by Peter Cobbin & Kirsty Whalley at Henry Licht, Islington

Music Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
Leader: Carmine Lauri, Accordion: Myriam Lafargue, Piano: Dave Arch, Whistle & Jazz Flute: Alexandre Desplat, Percussions: Paul Clarvis
Score Produced by Dominique "Solrey" Lemonnier
Orchestrations by Conrad Pope, Jean-Pascal Beintus, Nicolas Charron and Sylvain Morizet

'You'll Never Know' and 'You'll Never Know (Alternative Version)
Arranged and conducted by Alexandre Desplat
Vocals: Renée Fleming (courtesy of Decca Music)
Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combo
Piano: Frédéric Gaillardet, Double Bass: Riccardo del Fra, Drums: Jeff Boudreaux, Bass Flute: Alexandre Desplat
Recorded and mixed by by Jonathan Allen at Studio de la Grande Armée, Paris and Olliewood Mix Room, Londres

Release Date: December 8, 2017

  1. The Shape of Water (3:42)
  2. You’ll Never Know, feat. Renée Fleming (4:38)
  3. The Creature (1:46)
  4. Elisa’s Theme (2:36)
  5. Fingers (2:09)
  6. Spy Meeting (1:42)
  7. Elisa and Zelda (1:10)
  8. Five Stars General (1:31)
  9. The Silence of Love (1:35)
  10. Egg (2:13)
  11. That Isn’t Good (1:43)
  12. Underwater Kiss (2:12)
  13. The Escape (10:57)
  14. Watching Ruth (2:18)
  15. Decency (2:23)
  16. He’s Coming for You (1:39)
  17. Overflow of Love (2:56)
  18. Without You (2:30)
  19. Rainy Day (3:12)
  20. A Princess Without a Voice (1:50)
  21. La Javanaise – Madeleine Peyroux (4:10)
  22. I Know Why (And So Do You) – Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (2:58)
  23. Chica Chica Boom Chic – Carmen Miranda (2:19)
  24. Babalu – Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco (2:51)
  25. A Summer Place – Andy Williams (2:34)
  26. You’ll Never Know, feat. Renée Fleming [alt. version] (6:49)
  27. Total length: 1:16:24
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Academy Award (Oscar), Gold Derby Award, British Academy Film Award (BAFTA), Online Film & Television Association Award, Critics' Choice Award, Austin Film Critics Award, Golden Globe, Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award, Houston Film Critics Society Award, Variety Artisans Award (Santa Barbara International Film Festival), Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, Sierra Award (Las Vegas Film Critics Society), Indiana Film Journalists Association Award (IFJA), Utah Film Critics Association Award (UFCA), Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Boston Online Film Critics Association Award, Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA), 'Best Original Score — Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film'.


Satellite Award (International Press Academy), Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (LAFCA), San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award (SFFCC), Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).


Variety Length: 6:14 | March 4, 2018
'The Shape of Water' - Best Score - Oscars 2018 - Alexandre Desplat - Full Backstage Interview

Forbes By Simon Thompson | February 27, 2018
Oscars 2018: Alexandre Desplat Talks Del Toro's 'The Shape Of Water'
I caught up with Desplat to talk about how he’s feeling in the final run-up to the Oscars, his relationship with del Toro, his first landmark payday and why his awards are as much about inspiration as they are about recognition.

Deadline Length: 32:12 | By Anthony D'Alessandro | February 20, 2018
The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For 'Shape Of Water': Crew Call Podcast
French composer Alexandre Desplat arrived on the Hollywood scene in 2003-04 with back-to-back movies Girl With the Pearl Earring and Birth. Since then, the town has only asked him for more, spellbound By his ability to canvass various distinctive melodic styles, making them intrinsic and organic to a given film on screen.

The Upcoming Length: 7:42 | February 18, 2018
Alexandre Desplat discusses The Shape of Water score at BAFTA press conference, Best Music winner

BAFTA Length: 2:04 | February 18, 2018
Alexandre Desplat talks backstage on his Original Music BAFTA win for The Shape of Water

GreekReporter Length: 2:52 | February 18, 2018
Alexandre Desplat Interview from the 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet
Watch an interview with Greek-French multi-awarded composer Alexandre Desplat from the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Variety Length: 4:46 | January 7, 2018
'The Shape of Water' Composer Alexandre Desplat - Golden Globes 2018

Deadline By Matt Grobar | December 30, 2017
'The Shape of Water' Composer Alexandre Desplat On The Sounds Of Love & Water
To understand Guillermo del Toro’s core drive and thematic interest when it came to The Shape of Water, look no further than the film’s title. «[Water] takes the shape of everything. It goes through the air, it’s invisible, it’s transparent, but it still has a lot of power.» Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat explains of the film’s central idea.

Billboard By Melinda Newman | December 8, 2017
Alexandre Desplat on Creating His Golden Globe-Nominated Score for Guillermo Del Toro’s 'The Shape of Water'
Alexandre Desplat’s majestic, moving score for Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical The Shape of Water gently glides the fairy tale along. For the gorgeous film, which is generating tremendous Oscar buzz, Desplat played up the love story between mute Eliza (Sally Hawkins) and the sea creature (Doug Jones), while never succumbing to horror movie cliches when the movie turns into a thriller.

Gold Derby Length: 13:46 | By Zach Laws | November 13, 2017
Composer Alexandre Desplat chats conveying «the depth of love» in 'The Shape of Water'
Alexandre Desplat reveals that upon seeing 'The Shape of Water' for the first time, he was «in awe by the beauty of it.»

Hey U Guys Length: 2:00 | By Jon Lyus | October 11, 2017
London Film Festival 2017: The Shape of Water Premiere Interviews – Guillermo del Toro, Richard Jenkins & more
From the 2017 London Film Festival we present our red carpet interviews from the premiere of The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro, and co-written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor.

The Upcoming Length: 2:32 | By Sarah Bradbury | October 11, 2017
The Shape of Water premiere: A chat with Guillermo del Toro, Richard Jenkins, Alexandre Desplat and Clare Stewart on the red carpet
Composer Alexandre Desplat spoke about the process of developing the score, his influences and working hand in hand with auteur del Toro.