Sir Anthony Hopkins, Composer

Anthony HopkinsSIR ANTHONY HOPKINS is probably best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 thriller Silence of the Lambs. For this film, he won 9 of the 11 Best Actor nominations, including an Oscar Academy Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award.  His other film, The Remains of The Day, which was released 2 years after Silence of the Lambs also won him numerous awards – 6 Best Actor Awards out of the 9 nominations by the major award-giving institutions.

Each film demonstrates the superb acting genius of Sir Anthony Hopkins. He is fearsome and loathsome as Hannibal in Silence. In stark contrast, as the butler Stevens in Remains, his somewhat cold character elicits sympathy or understanding. No doubt this actor knows his craft inside out.

Outside of acting, Sir Anthony has another passion where he is equally good : composing music. Very few knew he directed and composed the music of August, a film adaptation of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya which was released in 1996. A decade later, aside from writing the screenplay of the 2007 film Slipstream, he wrote its music as well. He was also its director and lead actor.

Perhaps the most popular and well-loved among Sir Anthony Hopkins’ music compositions is the melodic “And The Waltz Goes On,” a waltz the Welsh actor composed in 1964. The famous Dutch violinist-conductor Andrei Rieu together with his Johann Strauss Orchestra performed its world premiere in Vienna in 2011. See the Youtube video below:

 

“And The Waltz Goes On” and 8 other works of Sir Anthony were performed and recorded live by The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in July 2011 at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. These are compiled on audio CD, aptly entitled Composer.
Here is the complete list of tracks:

1. Orpheus  (for orchestra)
2. Stella  (for cello & orchestra)
3. Evesham Fair  (for orchestra)
4. And the Waltz Goes On  (for violin & string orchestra)
5. Amerika  (for chorus & orchestra)
6. Margam  (for piano & orchestra)
7. 1947, for orchestra: Circus
8. 1947, for orchestra: Bracken Road
9. 1947, for orchestra: The Plaza

 

Here is Sir Anthony Hopkins talking about his Waltz in an interview on Australian TV with Richard Wilkins (2011) :