Trevor Morris writes in his notes for his score for the first season of the Showtime series The Tudors that his challenge was to create music that was both evocative of the era and that expressed the very modern sensibilities of the director's and actors' conception of the project. His score does manage to capture both of those sound worlds, although the contemporary predominates (some sections use drum tracks). The world of Renaissance and folk music is rarely presented unaltered; it's effectively filtered through modern orchestrations, harmonizations, and collage-like juxtapositions. Morris doesn't attempt to be a purist in selecting his source materials, either -- he includes the sounds of world music, including the didgeridoo and Taiko drumming. He makes somewhat too much use of Celtic folk music and instruments; for all the attractiveness of the songs and instruments, they tend to skew the geographical locus with too much specificity toward Ireland. Morris is a skillful and colorful orchestrator and manipulator of sound, with a strong sense of drama, and the music is frequently fully effective even separated from the visual context for which it was created. The sound quality is exemplary -- full and present.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins
|The Tudors, television score|