MovieScore Media: "PILGRIMAGE" Music Stephen McKeon


MovieScore Media goes Medieval with Stephen McKeon’s Pilgrimage, a score that has won the Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Music. Starring Tom Holland (Spiderman) and Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) just before their casting into the world of Marvel movies, the film tells the story of a group of monks who must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril. Set in 13th century Ireland, Pilgrimage spans a score as uncompromising and brutal as the Medieval landscape, including powerful choral and solo voice passages that highlight both the dark side of religious fervor as well as the more uplifting side of faith.

“Music composed only of skin, bone and iron” was the brief given to me by the films director" explains composer Stephen McKeon about finding the raw, Medieval tone for the project. "Pilgrimage is set in the 13th century and concerns the evil men do in the name of religion but also the transformative power of love. I decided upon percussion, low male voices and low brass to represent those three elements. There are no female actors in the film and the only female element in the entire film is contained in the score. It’s a solo soprano who represents hope and our more noble possibilities." The bare-bones orchestral music features the haunting choral work of Paul McGough and Crux Vocal Ensemble for maximum effect.
Pilgrimage has won the Irish Film and Television Awards for Best Music, making it the third win for composer Stephen McKeon who had received the award for two John Boorman films, Queen & Country (2014) and The Tiger's Tail (2004) - he was also previously nominated for Blind Flight (2003), Savage (2009) and the children's animated feature Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012). Besides his credits on over 80 films, McKeon is also known for his music for television, including multiple seasons of The Clinic, Primeval, selected episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet as well as the "Fifteen Million Merits" episodes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.The soundtrack has a digital release date of  30 March, 2018 and will be followed by a physical release later in the year, courtesy of Quartet Records.

On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from Pilgrimage by Stephen McKeon.

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Talk about Medieval... this a well-crafted piece, that can and does separate itself from the film... as it plays to epic proportions.  Well Done!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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