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Silva Screen Records: BBC: WOLF HALL - Debbie Wiseman

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Composer Debbie Wiseman, in her sixth collaboration with BAFTA Award-winning director, Peter Kosminsky, composes the score for WOLF HALL, the most keenly anticipated BBC drama of 2015.

Wolf Hall, a six-part TV series, is a major adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker-Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Oscar-nominated Peter Straughan. The series features an all-star cast of Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey.

In a highly original score, Debbie mixes Tudor instruments with modern instruments to create the austere and vivid musical atmosphere of the Tudor period. Writing for the acclaimed Locrian Ensemble of London, the music features string quintet, recorder, harp, mandolin, harpsichord, lute, theorbo and cor anglais.

Peter Kosminsky comments on the score: “Debbie chose to create a score that acknowledged, rather than slavishly adhered to, the compositional style and orchestration of the Henrician Age. The spare, distinctive sound of the string quintet - beautifully augmented by the cor anglais - conveys so effectively the veiled persona of Hilary Mantel’s revisionist hero, Thomas Cromwell - as masterfully played by Mark Rylance. Her 'Cromwell’s Theme' is a glorious leitmotif for the evocation of a world set half a millennium ago and yet fresh and politically resonant, as if it were today.”

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