El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time In Between)

Composed By: César Benito

Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                El Tiempo Entre Costuras (The Time In Between) is a critically acclaimed Spanish television drama based on the novel of the same name by Maria Dueñas.  The series stars Adriana Ugarte as Sira Quiroga, a young dressmaker making a modest living in Spain in 1922.  Spain is in the midst of a civil war and on the verge of allying itself with Nazi Germany.  Simply trying to survive the tumultuous times, Sira finds herself using her artistic talents as a dressmaker to her advantage...often as a spy for the British.

                The musical score of El Tiempo Entre Costuras was created by Los-Angeles based Spanish composer César Benito.  Holding degrees in Music Theory, Piano and Composition, Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing & Production, Benito has composed musical scores for films like Savaged and Ways to Live Forever, but is best known for his compositions for television series like Los Protegidos, La Chica de Ayer and Vive Cantando

                The score of El Tiempo Entre Costuras is orchestral in nature, featuring a striking piano solo theme, representing Sira and her innovative survival style.  The listener is completely engaged by the piano solo in the first track, Tema de Sira, but completely swept away by the beauty of the following orchestral track, Madrid, 1922.  One can almost picture scenes of the beautiful architecture of Madrid, the scenery of the famous city passing in front of us as Sira moves through it with style and grace. 

                The score of this television series follows the emotion of the main character as well as the events taking place around her.  There are tracks along the way that have a more exotic feel, with a Middle Eastern influence (En Marruecos), piano-based tracks with sentimental flavor and just a hint of sadness (Mi Madre Y Yo, Dos Extranas), ominous tracks with a military feel (La Sombra Del III Reich), fast-paced action-like tracks (La Muerte En Cada Esquina) and more, offering a variety in sound and making the listener curious as to what might be taking place in each scene.

                A relative newcomer to television and film composing, César Benito's score for El Tiempo Entre Costuras has left me considerably impressed.  I loved the rich and beautiful score he created for the film and couldn't get enough of the piano solos throughout the album (listeners will note that trumpets, strings and clarinets also get solos in this album).  I have already recommended this album to some of my friends.  This is a score that music aficionados do not want to pass up and I predict that we will be hearing many more great things in the future from César Benito.


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