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Universal Music Classics/Decca Gold: "MARY SHELLEY" Music by Amelia Warner

Universal Music Classics/Decca Gold announced today, the release of the score to the highly anticipated biopic from IFC Films, Mary Shelley, which features original music by composer Amelia Warner (Mum’s List).  Mary Shelley will be released digitally on May 25th – the same date the film premieres in theaters in the US.  In describing the composition process, Amelia emphasized the ghostly themes of the film by utilizing vocalists and orchestral rhythms to assist in telling this illuminating tale.  

“We used a lot of synths layered with the orchestra. The real strings layered with electric synths created a strangeness and modernity that I think works well with Mary’s character. We found some amazing musicians and two incredible singers who are a huge part of the score. We used a soprano and a counter tenor and had them sing in a very expressive way. For example, when things start to go a bit crazy in those Geneva scenes, we got the singers to scream and to slide up and down the scale to create an unsettling disorientation.  It was a difficult cue and took a while to get right. Voice was really important as were the strings, which are slightly discordant. We also used breath and heartbeat to feel like we are experiencing it as Mary.”

Mary Shelley is directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, and stars: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Ben Hardy, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams, Stephen Dillane, and Joanne Froggatt.  For more information on composer Amelia Warner, visit her website, and her Instagram: @awarnermusic 
This film and score got me by surprise, I knew nothing about this being made... that intrigued me and then this stunning score. I can say I am impressed, haunted and it's beautiful piece of work by composer  Amelia Warner. It's on the short list of being one of my favorite scores in 2018, that is a good thing.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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