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The Sheet Music for Austen Film Scores

Jane Austen loved to play the pianoforte. She used to copy out music from her friends into books that remain in the Chawton House library to this day. Many of these pieces- classics by Bach, Mozart, Handel and others – are readily available for today’s musicians. If you want to try your hand yourself, A Carriage Ride In Queen’s Square, a wonderful compendium of original ‘easy to play piano pieces for Jane Austen’s Bath’ with a playalong CD included, is currently available from the Jane Austen Gift Shop. But what if you want to play music from the movie soundtracks? Surely these evoke the spirit of Jane Austen at least as much as the period pieces. Fortunately, many of these- from the original dances used in the movies- to sheet music of the film scores are easily obtained. Perhaps the most comprehensive collection of works is Jane Austen’s World published by Faber music. It includes: Emma by Rachel Portman- Frank Churchill Arrives Emma (End Titles) Sense and Sensibility by Patrick Doyle- My Father’s Favourite Devonshire All The Better For Her Excellent Notion The Dreame Pride and Prejudice by Carl Davis Pride & Prejudice Theme Canon Collins The Gardiners Summary Persuasion by Jeremy Sams Persuasion Main Theme Tristesse Italian Aria Another book, Jane Austen, the Music  includes a greater range of pieces from both Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Its contents are: Sense and Sensibility Weep You No More, Sad Fountains A Particular Sum My Father’s Favourite Patience All the Delights (more…)
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The Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack

The Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack By Dario Marianelli Before filming ever began on Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice, he knew the type of soundtrack he wanted—and he knew who he wanted to write it: Dario Marianelli, best known for his scores for The Brothers Grimm and I Capture the Castle. Wright wanted music that would sound appropriate for the period—something Jane Austen herself, might have listened to or played; music that would seem not to be written for the movie, but taken from life. Since the film is set in 1797, the same year that Jane Austen wrote the first draft of Pride and Prejudice, Marianelli found inspiration not only in the composers of the time, but also in dances, chamber pieces and Beethoven’s piano Sonatas. At times haunting and lonely, at others lilting and flirtatious, his music is the perfect accompaniment to Jane’s own “two or three families in a country village.” In keeping with that feeling,Marianell never uses more than three or four instruments at a time, performed by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the English Chamber Orchestra. Often we are treated to piano solos, which become Elizabeth Bennet’s voice on her journey towards self discovery. As in Nick Dear’s 1995 version of Persuasion, Joe Wright has chosen to show us less of the “light, bright and sparkling” and more of the grime of life. Pigs do wander into gardens and people do forget to comb their hair. We are given a more accurate portrait of true Georgian (more…)