Reviewed by Melissa Minners
The dramatic television miniseries 1864 tells the story of events leading up to and during the Batttle of Dybbǿl, a battle fought between the Kingdom of Denmark and the German Confederation. 1864 not only offers up extensive recreations of the bloodiest battles in the history of Denmark, but recounts the touching story of two brothers embroiled in the conflict.
The musical score of 1864 was created by American composer Marco Beltrami, whose groundbreaking score for the movie Scream made him one of the most sought after composers of his time. In addition to all of the Scream films, Beltrami has created musical scores for such notable films as The Faculty, The Woman in Black, The Giver, The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, The Sessions, World War Z and more.
1864 features an orchestral score with piano and horn solos that speak of a sad moment in history fraught with sacrifice and senseless death. While mainly a quiet, somber score, there are some darker, more dangerous moments to be found in the 1864 Soundtrack. These more ominous tracks, featuring lower registry notes and dark percussion are the dramatic background for the battle scenes in the film.
The 1864 Soundtrack is an incredibly emotional listen. Marco Beltrami is able to create a musical score that speaks to the pain and anguish of the time. Though somber, the musical score of 1864 is incredibly beautiful and I have already listened to this album three times since I received it...and this is not even the complete score, just a one hour selection from the over 220 minutes worth of music created for the miniseries. This is an album well-worth checking out for any music aficionado.