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 the original motion picture score is now available, and the track list is as follows.
01 Mary Shelley 02 Storm in The Stars 03 My Sanctuary 04 Rights of Woman 05 Mary’s Decision 06 We Shall Become the Same 07 It’s Time We Left This Place 08 An Unreal Mystery 09 Bloomsbury 10 Mary Meets Percy 11 Kings Cross 12 Caged Bird 13 Mary’s Nightmare 14 The Book 15 Séance 16 Scotland 17 None of This Will Matter 18 Clara 19 Lost in Darkness and Distance
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, www.ameliawarnermusic.com and her Instagram: @awarnermusic