Tumnus Lullaby Soundclip!

“Then to cheer himself up he took out from its case on the dresser a strange little flute that looked as if it were made of straw and began to play. And the tune he played made Lucy want to cry and laugh and dance and go to sleep all at the same time.” –The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe: Chapter 2

Walden Media has added a new section to their Narnia Educator’s website called “Musical Explorations.” An interview with composer Harry Gregson-Williams and a soundclip from the film, “Mr. Tumnus Narnian Lullaby,” are included! You can listen to the soundclip here (SPOILERS!) via Windows Media Player. Here’s a clip from the interview:

Q: Why is music important in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?

A: As with most movies, music is an important tool. In LWW, because the “world” that it is set in—Narnia—is a place of fantasy, there needs to be a magical quality to many scenes. Music can help this feeling. Also, as seen through the eyes of the four children, it is important that the music reflects their journeys, both physical and spiritual.

Q: How do you compose each character’s music? What elements do you consider when composing a character’s music?

A: I watch the film over and over again getting to know the characters involved and from that a musical idea is hatched. A Theme. I try to find something extra that the music can say about this character other than what is immediately obvious on screen. The character Mr. Tumnus was fairly straight forward for me as he actually plays a musical instrument on camera. The instrument he plays does not exist and is a figment of a Prop Maker’s imagination, so I was able to chose what sound I thought it might make. I ended up with a Duduk, which not only sounded like it was coming form his instrument, but provided a mysterious, beautiful tone for me to utilize.

Q: What drew you to working on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?

A: The fact that I had read the books as a youngster and loved them. Also, Andrew Adamson—the Director—and I have a relationship as I scored his two previous films…Shrek & Shrek 2. Knowing the people you are working with really helps.

Read the full interview here!

And, thanks to Coraline, here is a direct link (downloadable) to the soundclip: http://www.walden.com/teach/movies/audio/lww_narnianlullaby.mp3 Updated, 11/2/2005: This link no longer works.