Love & Friendship
Composed By: Mark Suozza
Distributed by: Sony Classical
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on the Jane Austin novel, Lady Susan, Love & Friendship is a comedy that takes place in England in the 1790s. The film stars Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a recently widowed woman who seeks a suitable match for her only daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark), as well as a wealthy husband for herself. Who knew that the very man she would choose for her daughter would actually be someone she would end up marrying?
The musical score of Love & Friendship was created by Mark Suozzo, an accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger. He has written music for theater and concert hall, but his work is primarily in creating musical scores for movies and television. Some of his works include the scores of Unknown Soldier, Wanderlust, The Notorious Bettie Page, Barcelona, Sound and Fury and more. Suozzo’s music has been a part of the Summer Olympics and Goodwill Games and he arranged and conducted the strings for Creed’s hit With Arms Wide Open.
The Love & Friendship Soundtrack primarily features music in the classical style, what you would expect to hear in the late 1700s. There are quite a lot of marches – A Medley of Marches, Scipione March, Amadis de Gaule Ballet-March, Idomeneo March and Wedding March – but mostly we’re dealing with sonatos, allegros and symphonies.
This is quite a lengthy soundtrack with a great of classical music created for cellos, strings, pianos and more. If you aren’t a fan of classical music, this may present a problem for you, but I like classical music just fine and found Suozzo’s score enjoyable. I felt he perfectly captured the film’s time period and tone with the score he created for Love & Friendship.