Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, (Gladiator, Driving Miss Daisy), reteams with Grammy-winning composer Lorne Balfe (The LEGO Batman Movie) to create the main title theme for National Geographic’s GENIUS. In addition to the theme, Balfe wrote an intensely strong and foreboding score for the 10-part series. Directed by Ron Howard, the series stars Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, and Samantha Colley as Einstein’s first wife and one of the only women pursuing a science degree in the 1890’s. Written by Kenneth Biller and Noah Pink. Based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling book Einstein: His Life and Universe the dramatic series explores both Einstein’s youth and his adulthood, illuminating what shaped him as the eclectic man he is known as today. The series is presented by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television—whose chairman Ron Howard directed the series’ first episode— Oddlot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. Milan records released the soundtrack digitally and it is available on CD July 28th.
Balfe was influenced by Einstein’s own musical talents with his approach to the score. He explained, “Einstein was a fantastic violin player from all accounts, so that was an interesting color to bring into the score.” Lorne Balfe’s GENIUS score is romantic and at times bittersweet, featuring violin solos coupled with intense symphonies of fast paced ominous piano tones that create and guide a sense of drama, urgency, and uncertainty in Einstein’s life. Balfe’s score ebbs and flows with the characters as they experience revelations and hardships. Often rising as quickly as it falls, the composition is as layered and deep as the protagonist himself.
“Music was very important to Einstein,” said Balfe. “It was part of his thought process; he used music to distance himself from the problematic equations that he was trying to solve. The distance would then lead to the solutions.” “I’m incredibly honored to be writing music for many geniuses – Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn as Albert Einstein, and for an amazing team led by executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and showrunner Ken Biller,” said Balfe. “I’m very excited Milan is releasing the score from the first season of this incredible show.”
Lorne Balfe has collaborated with Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Homes, Inception) on many films including Balfe providing music and score producing on 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” which earned he and Zimmer a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.
Multi-award-winning composer Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywood’s most prolific composers. His credits range from Rainman to The Lion King and The Dark Knight Rises. He has won Grammys, Oscars and Tony Awards.
Lorne Balfe is a Grammy-winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer. He began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including the second and third installments of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Iron Man,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” He produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. His talents have made him a sought-after composer, scoring films including DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” and “The Penguins of Madagascar” as well as “13 Hours”, directed by Michael Bay.
Lorne Balfe has successfully traversed between the film/TV and video game worlds, has shown his versatility with films including “Terminator Genisys”, “Ghost in the Shell” and “War on Everyone”. His television work includes “The Bible” (co-composed with Hans Zimmer), “Sons of Liberty”, and two current series, “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” and “Marcella”.
In the world of games, Lorne has composed for some of the biggest franchises, including “Call of Duty”, “Assassin’s Creed” and “Skylanders”.
Lorne Balfe earned his first Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Restless”. His music to the game “Beyond: Two Souls” earns him his first BAFTA nomination. Balfe’s current projects include “Churchill” (Head Gear Films), the second season of “The Crown” (Netflix), and Neill Blomkamp’s latest project, “Oats”.