Emerald City

Musical Score By: Trevor Morris

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


               In the television series, Emerald City, Adria Arjona is Dorothy Gale, a twenty-year-old woman who is swept into the eye of a tornado and transported to another world.  The Land of Oz is a mystical place ruled by a Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has outlawed magic.  While in Oz, she somehow incurs the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches and impending disaster threatened by a mythical force.

               The musical score of Emerald City was created by Emmy-award winning Canadian composer Trevor Morris.  Starting his musical education early, studying violin and choir as a child, Morris was commissioned to create a musical piece for school’s graduating class to perform in honor of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Canada.  Morris graduated at the top of his class from Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program and began composing full-time, working on television commercials until 1999 when he moved towards scoring films and television series, moving to Los Angeles to further his career goals and working with a number of well-known composers like James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer.  Since then, Trevor Morris has created a number of musical scores for notable projects such as The Tudors, The Pillars of the Earth, The Borgias, Vikings, Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Taken, Iron Fist and more.

               As I listened to the Emerald City Soundtrack I realized this is not your mama’s Wizard of Oz.  The orchestral score for this television series is definitely more dramatic in nature.  Dramatic moments in the score are enhanced with rising crescendos.  Battle or action scenes feature a faster pace, rise in crescendo and heavy percussion and there are moments in the score that have a somewhat exotic feel as well.  This new television interpretation of the classic film is rather dark and dangerous, something way different than us fans of the original film are used to.

               The score created for Emerald City by Trevor Morris was rather interesting and I think will be something that fans of this now defunct television series might want to get their hands on.  As I said before, this is not the score of your mama’s Wizard of Oz – this is something darker and more dramatic, worth taking a listen to.


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