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I decided I would approach the music score for this production with a quite atmospheric/bleak/powerful mood. I thought about the content of the production and this saint's journey, Saint Padre Pio's stigmata, suffering, mission, his love for the Mass. Taking the music score a bit at a time so as not to overwhelm myself, I focused on a minute and a half introduction theme that would encapsulate a general mood or message of what the listener was to expect from this production so I thought, slightly brooding, but also uplifting 'hope', stirring, prayerful and profound spirituality. I write better when I can focus on meditative music, spiritual contemplation, if the dialogue speaks for a time about the Mass, insights into the particular aspects of the saint's spiritual life.
Listen above to an example of the very beginning of the film.
Themes and Ambience
Rather than a sweeping cello melody, which I usually do for 19th Century settings, I used the cello as I was using the harps by copying the harps notes and pasting them with the cello. I don't usually use the cello in this way but it built up the sound sequence by having semi-fast notes being played with the harp and cello. I had my doubts for a while but I decided that it was different and what the intro needed. For the melody, I chose simple piano. Piano always goes well with ethereal voices and it was atmosphere that I was trying to create here. All I needed to do was give the piano and voices space and to this I added high strings which always creates a cinematic ambience.
Listen above to an example of further on in the intro with instruments building so far.
Building the Mood
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Underscore - Keeping the Listener on Their Toes
Moving on from the Opening Titles and into the underscore for the narrative, I relied on different sets of soundscapes to really set an expectant atmosphere and I decided I would keep the Trilian Bass going well into the narrative as a kind of modern/historic fusion that was unpredictable. When I listened back to this, it kept me on my toes which was just what I wanted!
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After about 30 minutes I decided I needed to do something new but I wasn't sure what. I suggested we hire out 'Allied' - a film I was not interested in but which I thought would give me some tips, drama, history, emotion etc. We forwarded most of it but I came away with choosing full cinematic strings and giving pride of place to a heavily reverberated piano.
|Using Dr. Strange Music Score for Inspiration and Ideas|
Listen to the video below to hear part of the 6/8 tune that I improvised at this point. I have taken off the narration for some of the example:
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