Lakeshore Records has released Becoming Elizabeth—Original Series Soundtrack, available now digitally, with music by Tim Phillips (Shining Vale). The score is a hybrid of electronics and strings orchestra that showcases “synths, choirs and strings to create a modern, yet familiar backdrop to the historical drama based on the young Elizabeth Tudor.” (ComingSoon.net)
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Becoming Elizabeth was created and written by Anya Reiss and stars Alicia von Rittberg as Elizabeth I. The series airs all-new episodes Sundays on STARZ.
Soundtrack Available Now: [Download/Stream]
01. Long Live The King
02. Becoming Elizabeth (Main Title)
03. The Big Mass
04. Elizabeth’s Letter
05. She Doesn’t Understand
06. An Early Start
07. A Secret Wedding
08. Our Future
09. Fire Performance
10. The Pope
12. Bird Call
13. Lawn Party and Fireworks
16. Finished Alright
17. Pedro Goes to Mary
18. Let Them… Have Sex
19. Sixteen Is a Lot
20. What Do We Do
21. Birthday Banquet
22. Staying Alive
23. Traitors Deserve Death
25. Hunting the Stag
26. I’ll Fucking Let You
27. Spanish Ship
28. The Will, Not the Power
29. The Falcon
30. My Father Is Dead
31. Here We Stand
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Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor, played by von Rittberg (Fury, “Charité,”“Genius”), was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. The death of King Henry VIII sees his nine-year-old son Edward, played by Oliver Zetterström (The Midnight Gang, “The Romanoffs”), take the throne and sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power when Elizabeth, Edward and their sister Mary, played by Romola Garai (“The Hour,” “The Miniaturist”) find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.
Says Phillips: “Anya’s scripts very deliberately referenced a wild palette of musical cues, which I thought indicated a desire to shake us out of any “period drama comfort zone”, but also had the effect of plugging the story directly into modern day sensibilities. Thus, I went about unearthing an instrumentation, including an array of found sounds from my home in the country as well as modern synths and instruments, string orchestra, choir, etc that helped support this. Parts of the score incorporate micro tuning and mimic animal sounds that the Tudors would have recognized. The theme tune is the central pillar of the score, which riffs on it in lots of variations, but different characters also have their own languages. We deliberately ignored any period instrumentation or compositional techniques and I think this gives the piece an energy and an immediacy that feels very contemporary.”
ABOUT TIM PHILLIPS
Tim Phillips is an award-winning Canadian/British composer and lyricist. He co-created the musical The Grinning Man, which began life at the Bristol Old Vic and then became a hit in the West End, to widespread critical acclaim and a full run of standing ovations (“crowned by an extraordinary score” – Whatsonstage). Tim is now developing new musicals with various collaborators around the world. He is also Co-Artistic Director of Filter Theatre, one of Britain’s most innovative and critically acclaimed theatre companies. Filter shows have toured extensively.
In media he has scored many prestige television dramas; including the hit STARZ series Shining Vale (starring Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear, and Mira Sorvino), Channel 4’s Shameless and Ackley Bridge, the BBC film of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot (starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman), and the epic period drama Jericho for ITV, amongst others. In North America his scoring credits include Entourage and Delete, as well as major period drama Becoming Elizabeth for STARZ and Sharon Horgan’s Bad Sisters for Apple TV.
Tim sang the cult hit “Song For Ten” on the BBC’s Doctor Who and has been a featured performer at international forums from the Royal Albert Hall to Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Sydney Theatre Company to the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival.
In 2013 Tim composed and conducted the orchestral score to the acclaimed hit Dragon, for Vox Motus/The National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre of China. Tim’s music from the Dragon soundtrack has been released as an album and licensed regularly including to major Hollywood films, such as Alice Through the Looking Glass
Tim is active in the environmental movement and formerly sat on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Los Angeles (Central Group). He is a graduate of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Tim is currently working on a new album entitled Norman’s Brain and the Stars as well as his recently commissioned new musical Candlewood Lake.
Working out of London, and LA, Tim has Canadian and UK citizenship as well as an O1 visa to work in the USA.
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