Once Upon a December (From “Anastasia”)

Once Upon a December (From “Anastasia”) Listen, download, and stream: https://www.alexanderjoseph.com/links Sheet Music: https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/en-US/se/ID_No/526851/Product.aspx In rearranging this piece, I wanted to capture the charm and nostalgia of the original animation, but also do justice to the heartbreaking historical reality of…

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Once Upon a December (From “Anastasia”)
Listen, download, and stream: https://www.alexanderjoseph.com/links
Sheet Music: https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/en-US/se/ID_No/526851/Product.aspx

In rearranging this piece, I wanted to capture the charm and nostalgia of the original animation, but also do justice to the heartbreaking historical reality of Anastasia. At first ethereal, and dreamlike, the music becomes increasingly passionate and energised, before finally giving way to a serene and sorrowful conclusion. In the spirit of “Für Elise – Reimagined”, this unique arrangement reimagines the song, with changes to the structure, harmony, and emotional journey, in a way that I hope captures the feelings of innocence, loss, and nostalgia that we associate with the story of Anastasia.

It was a privilege to work with the diligent and talented team at Sonder, who produced the video, and also with Wing Leung, who dances with such elegance and passion.

Music Credits:
Original composition – Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Arrangement and performance – Alexander Joseph
Recording and mix – Oli Jacobs
Additional mixing – Dom Shaw
Mastered – John Webber
Recorded at Real World Studios on 18th October, 2021

Video Credits:
Dancer – Wing Leung
Director – Joel Barney
Producer – Ozzi Sanderson
DOP – Oscar Ferguson
Steadicam – Tommaso Colelli
1st AC – Simeon Leeder
Gaffer – Eliot Morris
Spark – Marcello Bellini
Makeup & Hair – Madeleine Feeney
Runner – Owen Lawes
BTS & Single Artwork – Adrian Lee
Production Company – Sonder
Filmed in London on 18th November, 2021

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