MovieScore Media: W. Witse the Film [2014] - Johan Hoogewijs


MovieScore Media will release the exciting music from W. - Witse de Film, the feature-length conclusion of the popular Belgian detective series of the same name. Starring Hubert Damen as the titular investigator, Witse was an immensely influential crime procedural made by VRT and broadcast on their één channel. The program ran for nine seasons between 2004-2012 and was followed by a literary franchise as well. Directed by Frank van Mechelen, W. - Witse de Film takes the retired detective back to his roots as he tries to close his career by finding the killer of his niece. MovieScore Media’s release follows the film’s Belgian premiere on March 5, 2014.

Flemish composer Johan Hoogewijs studied piano and jazz in the conservatories of Leuven and Liege before getting a job as a music editor / sound designer at the BRT (Belgian Radio and Television). Since the 1980s, Hoogewijs has composed music for over 300 episodes of various programs in addition to jingles and bumpers to the stations themselves. Apart from scoring for television and film, the composer is also busy with writing dance music for contemporary choreographers and he is also a passionate instructor of music at the Dutch art school HKU-KM. This is our second release with the composer whose score for Life in One Day was released by MovieScore Media in 2009.

Hoogewijs’ music for W. marks an impressive branching out from the medium of television into the medium of film. As the main composer of the show, Hoogewijs was allowed to adapt and conclude his own themes in a satisfying manner as Witse has to solve his toughest case yet. Album highlights include the passionate “Between the Crosses” and “A Bridge Too Far” which contains the score’s hallmark of nervous string patterns. The recording features live strings conducted by Marc Steylaerts, piano solos by Kim Van den Brempt, timpani by Carlo Willems with synths and additional piano parts performed by the composer himself.

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