Creation | Christopher Young
The creation of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species,” as depicted in director John Amiel’s passionate adaptation of Randal Keynes’ book “Annie’s Box,” was not simply a matter of scientific observation and deduction but of a tempestuous love between the famed naturalist (Paul Bettany ) and his devoutly religious wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly), further complicated by the untimely death of their daughter, Annie (Martha West).
One of Hollywood’s most prolific and diverse composers, Christopher Young’s effusive evocation of 19th Century mysticism and rationality embodies a struggle as personal as it was societal. Much as Darwin strains against familial fissures and stresses to reconcile faith and reason, piano and strings also strain against one another, finally reconciling in the balletic waltz of The Ghost Pavane. Other tracks like Unity in Form and Pleasure Perfect employ solo woodwinds to underline the pain of intellectual loneliness while the radiant orchestration of To Emma and Knowing Everything I Now Know convey a sense of final, joyous surrender to the power of both love and truth.