‘Monsieur Spade’ Score By Carlos Rafael Rivera Debuts Digitally, Series Now Streaming on AMC and Acorn TV

“Rivera utilizes trumpet, guitar, strings, and flute to effortlessly conjure a classic Hollywood noir vibe” – Comingsoon.net

Lakeshore Records has released Monsieur Spade (Original Series Soundtrack), featuring score by Grammy and two-time Emmy-winning composer and educator Carlos Rafael Rivera (The Queen’s Gambit, Hacks)!  The album is available now digitally on all major music services globally.  Rivera utilizes trumpet, guitar, strings and flute to effortlessly conjure a classic Hollywood noire vibe that envelopes the legendary character of Sam Spade played in the series by Clive Owen.  Keep reading for more on the series and to access the soundtrack streaming links.

Created by Scott Frank and Tom Fontana, the creators of The Queen’s Gambit and Oz, the Black Bear produced series also starring Cara Bossom and Denis Menochet is airing now on AMC, AMC+ and Acorn TV.

“The trumpet and alto flute imbued soundtrack harks back to the old Hollywood era of noire scoring, where jazz-inflected, atmospheric themes were richly developed around a central character. And through Scott Frank’s deft narrative, our story about the detective who happens to be at the wrong place at the right time develops and unfolds through dark, brooding tones, dissonant harmonies, and a sense of tension and mystery that only the noire genre can tap as effectively into.”

Soundtrack Available Now: [Purchase/Stream]

Track List
01. Sam Spade
02. Teresa
03. Clues
04. Gabrielle
05. Rolls Targeted
06. Philipe
07. Zaid
08. The Old Mill
09. Jean-Pierre
10. Marguerite
11. Helene
12. Tricked
13. Our Lady Of Sorrows
14. The Chapel
15. Goodbye Gabrielle
16. The Transaction
17. The Monk
18. Sam’s Retirement


Monsieur Spade centers around the infamous protagonist of American writer Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 classic novel The Maltese Falcon. The year is 1963, and the legendary Detective Sam Spade (Owen) is enjoying his retirement in the South of France. By contrast to his days as a private eye in San Francisco, Spade’s life in Bozouls is peaceful and quiet. But the rumored return of his old adversary will change everything. Six beloved nuns have been brutally murdered at the local convent. As the town grieves, secrets emerge, and new leads are established. Spade learns that the murders are somehow connected to a mysterious child who is believed to possess great powers.

CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA is a Grammy and two-time Emmy winning composer with a multifaceted career in Film, TV, and the Performing Arts. His work includes scores for Netflix’s GODLESS, for which he received a Primetime Emmy, his award-winning score for THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, for which he won his second Primetime Emmy and first Grammy Award, Universal Pictures’ A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, starring Liam Neeson, the hit show HACKS for HBO Max, Universal’s CHUPA, as well as the global hit LA REINA DEL SUR 3 for Netflix/Telemundo. 
In 2023, he wrote the music for the Apple TV series LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, starring Brie Larson, for which he received two Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) nominations for score and main title sequence. 
Upcoming projects feature GRISELDA (Netflix), starring Sofia Vergara, and EZRA, starring Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, and Robert DeNiro. He will also continue his collaboration with director Scott Frank on MONSIEUR SPADE (AMC).
A protégé of Randy Newman, Carlos was named TV Composer of the Year by the World Soundtrack Awards in 2021. He serves as Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Media Scoring and Production.
He resides in Miami, Florida.

Monsieur Spade is now airing now on AMC, AMC+ and Acorn TV.

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