Da Vinci's Demons: Season 3
Music By: Bear McCreary
Distributed by: Sparks & Shadows
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Da Vinci's Demons is a dramatic television series airing on STARZ. Taking place during the Renaissance Period, the series stars Tom Riley as a young Leonardo Da Vinci, a genius, inventor, artist, idealist and lover who struggles for recognition among his peers. In this final season of Da Vinci's Demons, Leonardo's world comes crashing in on him as the Ottomans invade Otranto using the very weapons Da Vinci has invented. Betrayed by someone he trusts, Leonardo must find a way to defeat the Turks.
Having created the musical score for the first two seasons of Da Vinci's Demons, it comes as no surprise that Bear McCreary would be chosen to compose the score for the final season. An American composer, McCreary came into his own with his composition for the television series Battlestar Galactica. Now an oft sought after composer, McCreary has amassed quite a résumé of compositions for film, television and video games, including Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Dead Space, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more.
In the final season of the series, Da Vinci finds himself in great peril - taken captive by his enemies, tortured, forced to watch his own creations used against people he cares for. This calls for a very dramatic score and Bear McCreary delivers, combining music of the period by using viola da gamba, lutes and Celtic harps with contemporary orchestral sound, synths and heavy percussion to achieve this goal. According to McCreary, "The score for the third season takes all of the essential thematic ideas developed over the past two years and weaves them together into what I hope is an immensely satisfying musical finale."
Classic McCreary styling can be noted in tracks like People of Accomplishment featuring a violin piece that is dramatic and at the same time raises the hackles a bit, much like the theme of The Walking Dead. Lucrezia's soft, sad tones still weave their way into Leonardo's being while dark and ominous sound foretells of battles to come. The Tankyard, in my opinion, is the most dramatic track on the album, featuring loud music, a dramatic choir and heavy percussion.
This third and final soundtrack for Da Vinci's Demons brings it all home, uniting all of the themes and musical hints and bringing them together in an incredibly dramatic score that is well-suited for the end of a dramatic and well-thought out series. The Da Vinci's Demons: Season 3 Soundtrack is one well-worth the listen, but I would recommend listening to the first two soundtracks ahead of this one for the full effect.