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Sparks & Shadows has released the soundtrack for Da Vinci's Demons
23-Jun-2013 -

Original Music by Bear McCreary
Sparks & Shadows, a new boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, has announced the release of the Da Vinci’s Demons Original Television Soundtrack. The album, containing 26 tracks, over 90 minutes of original music from the first season of the hit Starz Original series produced with Adjacent Productions, is available through all digital providers. A 2-CD collector’s edition will be released later this year.
McCreary’s sweeping orchestral score was meticulously researched to accurately represent the time period, without being bound to it. His score combines full orchestra, Renaissance instrumentation, choir and ethnic soloists with the renowned Calder Quartet and surging contemporary synthesis. 
“For Da Vinci's Demons, I looked to the real-life Leonardo for inspiration. He famously wrote backwards and forwards, so I decided to do (try) the same thing with his theme!” said McCreary. “It was a nice idea at the time, but proved rather difficult to produce anything with emotional meaning. It took a while, but ultimately, I think the end result works beautifully.  It's emotional, and fits Leonardo's character beautifully. Yet, at the same time, it feels like a palindrome.”
Da Vinci’s Demons is my first historical drama, and as such, needed a slightly different approach,” said McCreary. He researched instruments of the period, including the viola da gamba, violone, crumhorn, shawm, lutes, natural trumpet and hurdy gurdy. “You may have never seen or even heard these instruments before, but when they play historically accurate arrangements, with proper intervals and chord voicings, the sound is unmistakably Renaissance. Music history buffs will probably freak out when they catch all the little Easter Eggs I’ve hidden in the score, but everyone else will at least recognize an old-world authenticity that helps them feel like they’re watching a story that takes place in the fifteenth century.”
Available as download from, Amazon UK, Amazon France and Amazon Germany.

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