Jocelyn Pook

The Merchant of Venice [Music from the Motion Picture]

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Composer Jocelyn Pook's haunting and evocative score for Universal's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is ripe with both medieval and renaissance balladry. Using period instruments (serpent, lute, etc.) as well as period texts and the heavenly vocals of tenor Andreas Scholl and Hayley Westenra, Pook lends added weight to the myriad of romantic escapades experienced by the rich characters and provides a lush backdrop to Venice's riverside architecture. Her original pieces effortlessly blend both ancient and contemporary themes, relying on a small and talented group of players to capture Shakespeare's dramatic tale of loves both lost and won with gentle longing and heart-wrenching despair.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Merchant of Venice, film score
1 2:10 Amazon
2 2:54 Amazon
3 2:01 Amazon
4 2:04 Amazon
5 1:34 Amazon
6 1:51 Amazon
7 4:17 Amazon
8 1:40 Amazon
9 1:06 Amazon
10 1:23 Amazon
11 1:19 Amazon
12 1:03 Amazon
13 3:15 Amazon
14 2:15 Amazon
15 4:36
16 1:33 Amazon
17 1:07 Amazon
18 2:41 Amazon
19 1:09 Amazon
20 2:22 Amazon
21 1:06 Amazon
22 2:07 Amazon
23 2:02 Amazon
24 1:50 Amazon
25 1:05 Amazon
26 2:40 Amazon
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