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Anthony Hopkins on his new album of classical music

 

Anthony Hopkins, composer

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his month the actor, best known for his Oscar-winning role as cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs, turns composer as he releases an album of orchestral music on January 16.

Titled Anthony Hopkins - Composer, the album features an aria dedicated to his third wife, Colombian-born Stella Arroyave, whom he credits as having inspired the album.

Hopkins said: “Stella heard me doodling around on the piano about three years ago and said, ‘What is that? It’s a beautiful piece of music’.

“I told her, ‘I don’t know. I’m just making it up’. But she said I couldn’t just dismiss it like that and to write it down. So I wrote out a score.

“The melody for the aria came to me in a few minutes. I got the guitar sound on a synthesiser.

“I called it the Stella Aria and I got all this material together and started shaping it.”

Hopkins’s love of music began when he was a six-year-old student to a piano teacher called Mrs Jeffreys in Port Talbot, South Wales............

 

Hopkins realised his music might be worth revisiting when one composition was performed by Dutch violinist, conductor and composer, Andre Rieu.

The actor said: “I had been composing since I was a kid, doodling around on the piano.

“I used to go into theatres three hours before rehearsals, which has been my habit all my life.

“If the rehearsals were at ten in the morning, I would be in at seven.

“I’d go and and learn my lines for rehearsal and play the piano.

“About two years ago, Stella and I were watching television and a concert of Andre in Vienna had been on.

“I mentioned that I wondered whether I should send him a waltz that I wrote and Stella contacted him.

“I got a message back to say he was really keen and liked it.

“Then I was in Mexico City and he sent me a recording on my phone of a rehearsal with his orchestra. I put it onto my iPad and it was beautiful.

“Last July it was played by Andre in Vienna. He had adapted it for his orchestra; a compilation of music I had doodled around with since the Fifties.

 

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