Shakespeare in Love
Stephen Warbeck

Review

Period pieces often have the best music for fantasy campaigns because of the subject matter of such movies and television series. Shakespeare in Love is certainly no exception and blends "period music" with a full orchestral score (the best example is The De Lesseps' Dance). Most of the music on the score is fairly light due to the subject matter, but there are a number of "heavier" tracks. As I mentioned before I would suggest using the score for fantasy campaigns (but you could make an exception). The track lengths vary from short to long, so some would be good for descriptions and events while others would work as general background music to set the mood.

A good length score which is well recommended.

Track Listing and Notes

  1. The Beginning of the Partnership (2:01) - introduction
  2. Viola's Audition (3:22) - happy
  3. A Plague of Both your Houses (1:40) - bitter sweet
  4. The De Lesseps' Dance (2:59) - dance music
  5. A Daughter's Duty (0:47) - sad
  6. In Viola's Room (2:54) - overcome
  7. A New World (1:40) - undercurrent
  8. Love & The Rehearsal (4:18) - decisions
  9. The Arrival of Wessex (1:17) - sad
  10. Greenwich (0:52) - court music
  11. The Brawl (3:13) - danger ~ happy
  12. News of Marlowe's Death (2:53) - betrayal
  13. Love & The End of the Tragedy (2:12) - sorrow
  14. The Missing Scene (1:43) - decisions
  15. The Fight (2:21) - fight ~ tension
  16. The Play & The Marriage (2:10) - succumbing
  17. Wessex Loses a Bride (1:51) - perception
  18. The Prologue (1:29) - building up
  19. The Play (part I) (2:25) - uneasy ~ success
  20. The Play (part II) (3:57) - sad
  21. Curtain Call (2:31) - happy ending ~ sad
  22. Farewell (1:30) - loss
  23. The End (5:05) - endings

Total Running Time: 55:19

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Shakespeare in Love © 1998 Miramax Film Corp./Sony Music Entertainment Inc.