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Amélie is the soundtrack to the 2001 French film Amélie, a motion picture set in Montmartre in Paris, France, about a young woman endeavouring to help and improve the lives of those around her. Having been home-schooled since childhood, Amélie finally leaves her lifelong home and begins to discover her true vocation in life: awarding her neighbours and colleagues love and happiness. But when Amélie chances upon her own romance, her adventure truly begins—ever captured by the music of Yann Tiersen.

Amélie
Amélie Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedApril 23, 2001 (2001-04-23)
GenreAvant-garde, bal-musette, contemporary classical
Length53:03
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerYann Tiersen
Yann Tiersen chronology
Black Session: Yann Tiersen
(1999)
Amélie
(2001)
L'Absente
(2001)

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet chanced upon the accordion- and piano-driven music of Yann Tiersen while driving with his production assistant who put on a CD he had not heard before. Greatly impressed, he immediately bought Tiersen's entire catalogue and eventually commissioned him to compose pieces for the film.[1] The soundtrack features both compositions from Tiersen's first three albums, but also new items, variants of which can be found on his fourth album, L'Absente, which he was writing at the same time.[2]

Beside the accordion and piano the music features parts played with harpsichord, banjo, bass guitar, vibraphone and even a bicycle wheel at the end of "La Dispute" (which plays over the opening titles in the motion picture).

Prior to discovering Tiersen, Jeunet wanted composer Michael Nyman to score the film.[3]

"Les Jours tristes" was co-written with Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The track later received English lyrics, and was released by The Divine Comedy as a b-side to the Regeneration single "Perfect Lovesong." The English-language version also appeared on Tiersen's L'Absente.

Contents

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Yann Tiersen,[4] except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."J'y suis jamais allé"1:34
2."Les Jours tristes" (Instrumental) (written by Tiersen and Neil Hannon)3:03
3."La Valse d'Amélie"2:15
4."Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi"2:20
5."La Noyée"2:03
6."L'Autre valse d'Amélie"1:33
7."Guilty" (performed by Al Bowlly; written by Gus Kahn; composed by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst)3:13
8."À quai"3:32
9."Le Moulin"4:27
10."Pas si simple"1:52
11."La Valse d'Amélie" (Orchestral Version)2:00
12."La Valse des vieux os"2:20
13."La Dispute"4:15
14."Si tu n'étais pas là" (performed by Fréhel; written by Gaston Claret and Pierre Bayle)3:29
15."Soir de fête"2:55
16."La Redécouverte"1:13
17."Sur le fil"4:23
18."Le Banquet"1:31
19."La Valse d'Amélie" (Piano Version)2:38
20."La Valse des monstres"3:39

PersonnelEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

The list is made with the information from IMDb.[5]

AwardsEdit

NominationsEdit

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[11] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[13] 3× Platinum 900,000*
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[15] Gold 50,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Gold 40,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[17] Platinum 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States 195,000[19]
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 1,500,000 [20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

CoversEdit

The band New Found Glory covered "J'y suis jamais allé" on their second covers album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II. The song was also used by Expression Crew in their dance act Marionette.

Pianist, composer Dmytro Morykit arranged and plays a cover version of "Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "JEUNET, JEAN-PIERRE: FABULOUS DESTINY OF AMÉLIE". Urban Cinefile. December 13, 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ Michael Hubbard (24 February 2002). "Composer Tiersen serenades Amelie". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  3. ^ https://soundtrackbeat.com/2017/04/10/amelie_soundtrack_review/
  4. ^ Amélie at Discogs (list of releases)
  5. ^ "Awards for Yann Tiersen". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / Yann Tiersen - Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2011-09-02.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Amélie - Yann Tiersen". Charts & Awards. AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Yann Tiersen – Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Yann Tiersen – Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi)". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Yann Tiersen – Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2006". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Yann Tiersen – Amelie OST". Music Canada.
  13. ^ "French album certifications – Yann Tiersen – Amelie OST" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Yann Tiersen; 'Amelie OST')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  15. ^ "Italian album certifications – Yann Tiersen – Amelie" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 11 December 2018. Select "2013" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Amelie" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  16. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Yann Tiersen – Amelie OST" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Amelie OST in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  17. ^ "Polish album certifications – Yann Tiersen – Amelie OST" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Yann Tiersen – Amelie OST". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Amelie OST in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "World's greatest". Billboard. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  20. ^ Hubbard, Michael (28 July 2003). "Yann Tiersen – Goodbye Lenin!". musicomh. Retrieved 17 May 2018.