Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz's score to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time, will be released on CD on March 25, 2016.
The composer described his perception of the film by saying, "This is both funny, full of heart and the ethnic nature of it is really touching. I come from a big Italian family on my mother's side, so this felt familiar to me. Being able to continue this story and take it further in a more emotional direction with their daughter was special to me. I have two, so I could really relate."
In addition to incorporating traditional instruments, Lennertz used Greek instruments in unconventional ways to give a subconscious feeling of the ethnic influence.
"I didn't write just Greek music," Lennertz said. "I wrote music that concentrated solely on the emotion of the characters, and augmented everything with Bazouki and Baglama instruments. The first cue I wrote was when Nia finds her glasses at Zorba's after a very long time. It was a perfect place to establish the film's main theme, and really define her emotional arc in the film. We used a medium sized orchestra of strings, winds, and recorded overseas for the majority of the score."
The film opens in theaters March 25, 2016.