Fresh Air for Jan. 30, 2019: 'Beale Street' Composer Nicholas Britell Hear the Fresh Air program for January 30, 2019

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Composer Nicholas Britell says cellos were central to the score he wrote for If Beale Street Could Talk (starring Stephan James and KiKi Layne, above): "The cellos really became for us this symbol of love, because the movie is about love and injustice." Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures hide caption

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From 'Beale Street' To 'Vice', Composer Uses Music To Explore New Worlds

Oscar-nominated film composer Nicholas Britell seeks out sounds that capture a movie's essence. His process involves many discussions with directors — and a lot of experimenting.

Composer Nicholas Britell says cellos were central to the score he wrote for If Beale Street Could Talk (starring Stephan James and KiKi Layne, above): "The cellos really became for us this symbol of love, because the movie is about love and injustice." Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures hide caption

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'Beale Street' And 'Vice' Composer Isn't Afraid To Play The 'Wrong' Notes

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'Black Earth Rising' Is A Fascinating, If Clunky, Take On The Rwandan Genocide

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