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Patrick Doyle: Ten Best Movie Soundtracks
Patrick Doyle was the logical choice for Robert Altman's cinematic upstairs-downstairs drama featuring a roll call of British thesps. Scored for a small ensemble, the music is intimate, understated and jazzy with different sets of instrumentation for the chattering classes upstairs (mainly piano) and the staff labouring below (accordion) - all interwoven with tunes by Ivor Novello, who is played as a character in the film by Jeremy Northam.