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Yann Tiersen

June 23, 1970 -
born in Brest, Brittany, France, composed during the Contemporary period
With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersen's deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. The Paris-based composer became popular outside his native country for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie, but like most seemingly overnight successes, he had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim. Born in Brest in Brittany, on June 23, 1970, Tiersen was raised in Rennes and made a name for himself as one of the star pupils at his local conservatory (despite middling academic grades). Tiersen studied violin and piano from the ages of six to 14, and eventually trained to be a conductor. However, Tiersen rebelled against his classical training and, inspired by the likes of Joy Division and the Stooges, played guitar with several local post-punk-influenced bands during his later teenage years. At the same time, Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays. Several of these pieces ended up on his first album, Valse des Monstres, in 1995 and introduced his delicate but deeply emotional style, and which also featured intricate arrangements incorporating instruments as varied as toy piano, banjo, harpsichord, melodica, and carillon, as well as piano and guitar. Tiersen played all of these instruments both in the studio, and in concert, which gave his early, one-man shows a theatrical appeal that earned him a spot performing in 1996's Avignon Festival. However, Valse des Monstres and its follow-up, 1996's Rue Des Cascades, were largely ignored by the public and by critics. His third album, 1998's Phare, met a different fate; its single, "Monochrome," which was sung by French pop star Dominique A., was a radio hit and propelled the album, and Tiersen, to mainstream success in France. As Tiersen's acclaim grew, so did the scope of his records. That year's Black Sessions -- a live album of a radio performance -- featured collaborations with Dominique A. and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, as well bands like Les Têtes Raides and the Married Monk, who also appeared on 1999's more rock-oriented album Tout Est Calme. Soon after, Tiersen was preparing his next album when he was contacted by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who wanted Tiersen to score his next movie, Amélie. Jeunet had heard Tiersen's music while driving and had been so taken with it that he bought all of Tiersen's albums. Previously, the composer had contributed music to films such as Alice et Martin and La Vie Revee des Anges, but this was his most prominent film work yet. His Amelie score featured new and old compositions, and the film's success spun off to Tiersen's music; the soundtrack sold over 200,000 copies in his homeland. His next proper album, 2001's Absente, featured collaborations with Lisa Germano, as well as longtime contributors Hannon and Dominique A., and also benefited from Amélie's success, selling 100,000 copies in France. Throughout 2001 and 2002, Tiersen embarked on his most ambitious tours of France and the U.K. to date; this tour was chronicled in 2003's live album C'Était Ici. Later that year, Tiersens' score for Good Bye Lenin! arrived. Tiersen spent the rest of the 2000s alternating between film and pop music, issuing the score to Les Retrouvailles and the collaboration Yann Tiersen and Shannon Wright in 2005. He also toured frequently, releasing a live album in 2006 and the Tabarly score in 2008. Dust Lane, an album focusing on mortality, arrived in 2010. ~ Heather Phares ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Good Bye Lenin!

Title: Good Bye Lenin, Film Score

2. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Preparations For The Last Tv Fake

3. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Mother's Journey

5. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Father And Mother

6. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Lara's Castle

7. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Childhood (1)

8. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: The Deutsch Mark Is Coming

9. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Childhood (2)

10. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Letters

11. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Mother Will Die

12. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Father Is Late

13. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: I. Rendez-vous

14. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Dishes

15. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: I. Saw Daddy Today

16. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: The Decant Session

17. Good Bye Lenin, Film Score: Watching Lara

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benjamincask e y 0 2
I want to hear more of him
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Didn't he do the music for Amelie?
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Trevian yann! IJust love amelie soundtrack,w a s amazing music.
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Very relaxing music. I'm reading about him now.
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ashnfree
My best friend played this at our studio recital in November 2012 (':
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Good Night Rest Well
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Relaxing! No matter what I'm doing! It goes well when reading!
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Very relaxing. Makes homework easier to do lol :)
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Wow...... Yann Tiersen you play beautifully! I have been playing for 12 years and I still have a hard time with the dynamics! Keep it up!
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ceckis
Palestine!!!
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ditto
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I will join my voice to those expressing a craving to the Amelie soundtrack.
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btms16
Please bring the Amelie soundtrack on his discography as well. Please, please, please! It would be so wonderful!!! !
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I like...
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Yann Tiersen sounds very similar in piano compositiona l style to more recent Jeff Beal soundtrack to " Jesse Stone series with actor Tom Selleck.

The Jesse Stone novels are a series of detective novels written by Robert B. Parker - these are great DVDs' get them !!!
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Echoing Lena's Q: Ou est l'musique de Amelie?
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josread49
a little boring and repititive
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love love love
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Yep, where the hell is the music from Amalie? Please, add Comptine D'un Autre Ete. It's one of my favorites. He's awesome and deserves more of his work to be shared.
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smile883
Where is the music from Amelie?
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Agreed- his range is broader than just piano, and more whimsical... I hope to hear his other compositions on the station
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chromas
Although i enjoy the piano music that his station produces, a greater range of his compositions would be nice.
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Ooh I like. First time hearing this composer. ( I did see Amelie years ago tho)
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please yes add more of his work, especially Amelie (even though that borrowed some from Lenin), because when you make a station of him now it's all piano music, not an accurate representati o n of his style. Need accordion...
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beh_ind
I love his soundtracks.
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I love Yann Tiersen more than my own wife and newborn child. Don't tell. But add more of his work, please.
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PLEASE add more of his music to pandora.
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Ha! I figured I'd search again, having suggested him before, too. Look forward to seeing more from him here.
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lol.. yup, finally!
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alxnovak
HOLY S**T THEY FINALLY DID IT THEY LISTENED TO MY SUGGESTION AND ADDED HIM; THANK YOU GOD!!!

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