Album review: The White Queen OST

ALBUM REVIEW

Album: The White Queen Original Soundtrack
Music by: John Lunn
Rating: ★★★★☆
The original soundtrack for BBC’s historical TV series The White Queen.

Back in June of 2013, I started watching BBC’s The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series (The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter). As someone who loved the TV series The Tudors (complete with all its faults), I was more than willing to check out a TV series about the people before Henry VIII and his companions. I was not disappointed. I really, really enjoyed watching The White Queen and learning more about the Yorks and how the Tudor reign came to be.

Now, I’ve said this before, but music is so utterly important in TV series and movies, and The Tudors for example for no exception. The tracks that Trevor Morris created for all four seasons of that show fit the scenes perfectly and made everything so much more intense. John Lunn has done exactly the same for The White Queen.

 

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Back when the show had ended, I contacted John Lunn through Twitter to ask whether or not we’d be getting the soundtrack, and he replied that we would — awesome! I stayed on top of it for the remainder of 2013, but eventually gave up hope that it was going to be released. Some said we would just have to buy the DVD of the series and enjoy the music through that — I obviously wasn’t the only one who wanted these tracks desperately.  Thankfully, the score was released on June 30th 2014 and we were not disappointed.

Magical tunes
The score starts off with, of course the title track The White Queen, which was used as the opening track for the series. To me, this track still stands out the most, and rightfully so after hearing it every week for a certain amount of episodes. It is a beautiful track, one I wish was longer to enjoy more of. All tracks seem to have this magical element to it, and although there was no proof of magic or witchcraft surrounding the lives of the Woodville (let’s be real, the number one way to get rid of someone was to yell ‘WITCH!’ at the top of your lungs), the TV show did play into this a bit, which is perhaps why the music — at least to me — at some points also sounds a little magical. It’s definitely not a bad thing, if anything it creates a lovely image of Queens and King’s and kingdoms. I’m a fan.

Music’s language
Some tracks are ‘quieter’ in sound than others, depending on what scene the track accompanied. For example, one of the tracks at the beginning of the soundtrack, and also at the beginning of the story, The Oak Tree is tender almost with hints of impatience and things progressing — exactly what happens at the beginning of the show. Further down the tracklist we have the track King Richard III and the emotion conveyed by that track is infinitely different than the one previously mentioned. This one almost sounds like hope and of the rise of a new ruler, however still sounding incredibly ominous and grave towards the end — perhaps an indication of things to come. If music can convey messages like that, then it’s done a good job.

Personal favorites
One of my personal favorite tracks is Birth, Marriage, Death — it’s a relatively long track compared to the rest, but deserving of every second poured into it. It is a track that, if I’m not mistaken, has elements that came back throughout the entire show. It might have even been the last track on the show, but my memory has become too fuzzy over the course of a year. Regardless, it is an absolutely lovely piece and together with Margaret Regina, might be my favorite track on the CD.

Music can sometimes make or break a scene, and John Lunn managed to create a soundtrack that accompanied the characters and the historical storyline in such a way that it was nearly impossible to not feel involved in what was going on. Despite the long wait for the release, I’m happy that it is now finally out.

AVAILABILITY

The White Queen score by John Lunn is available on the official website of Silva Screen RecordsAmazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and (after a thorough search) I have also found it on bol.com for us Dutch folk.

Thank you for reading and, as always, have a lovely day!

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