Lasse Enersen is a Finnish composer who studied composing in the Sibelius-Academy 2001-2004. He has also assisted film composers (Alexandre Desplat, Abel Korzeniowski, Heitor Pereira). Enersen started his film composer career working on numerous international documentary feature films, but his first fiction feature film credit came with Tuntematon Sotilas/ Unknown Soldier by Aku Louhimies, which became the biggest box office hit in Finland in 60 years.
TUNTEMATON SOTILAS/ UNKNOWN SOLDIER is the story of an infantry unit’s tour of duty that lasts for more than three years during the Finnish Continuation War. The film is based on the classic novel by VÄINÖ LINNA. The film is the story of four young Finnish soldiers, and their brothers-in-arms and shows how friendship, humour, and the will to live unite these men on their way to and back from war. This telling of the story demonstrates how the war changed the lives of each of the soldiers, of those on the home front, and ultimately their entire nation.
In this episode, Lasse Enersen shares several behind-the-scenes stories about his composing and the recording of his original score. He talks about how his unique approach to this score was influenced by an Irish hardanger d’amore player and Finnish lullabies. He also discusses how he sought to ironically capture beauty in a story about war and how the most popular piece of his score was one he wrote in just 15 minutes. Lastly, Lasse Enersen shares the story of how he ended up having three, custom decca mics created for the recording of this score.
ANNOTATED SEGMENTS - Suite from Tuntematon Sotilas
02:20 - Hardanger, Nature and Lullabies
06:01 - Scoring a movie of war and of men
09:54 - Great beauty
12:27 - A Finnish Orchestra and Decca Mics
16:04 - Catharsis and Freedom
The original soundtrack to Tuntematon Sotilas was released in October of 2017. You can find it on Amazon.com, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.
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