Press Release from Music Box:
Cyril Morin: "I started working on the original score keeping in mind the idea Tom Fontana had first voiced that we progress across the middle and dark ages to the very beginning of the Renaissance, considered as a new age.
The music remains close to this idea. If you go through Season One you will notice that the first episodes starts on a very raw and very simple basis and we have step by step introduced more orchestration, richer strings and percussions.
We wanted to show the Fifteenth Century from our contemporary eyes. The music challenge was to be both modern and ancient and not to show specific and nice music but to express a deep, strong dark feeling.
Most of the score comes from the ground. It's not too melodical. The challenge was to use the orchestra mainly for raw sounds , mixed with Renaissance instruments, modern electronic sounds and real sounds just playing the melody in the background. I never used the orchestra to develop or show a melody, but just to follow it. This is why you probably have this special feeling of a sound coming from the ground made of percussions, sound design and low strings.
As for characters it was important to me that music should help us showing empathy for them, be with them, follow them even if some were not so lovable ! Another interesting idea brought by Tom Fontana was the analogy to "The Godfather" by Francis Ford Coppola, in which music is nice and sweet while characters are often violent. Music creates a love feeling or the desire to follow them. Peter Pejtsik as the conductor of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra closely and monthly worked with us despite the distance between Budapest, Paris, and Los Angeles."
Peter Pejtsik (Music conductor): "This music is not easy at all to perform because when you see a melody line, you would start playing very melodically but Cyril told us that this melody is only in the background and the main thing is the darkness. Then we started again playing it very dark and emotional, Cyril stopped us and said -this should be dark but not heavy -. So it was really intricate to find the right mood because the music was so complex and the orchestra is just one part of it."