The White Queen

Composed by: John Lunn

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on Philippa Gregory's novel series, The Cousin's War, The White Queen is set during the War of the Roses, a time when two very prominent families were at war for England's throne.  The ten-part BBC television series, co-produced by Starz, focused on the women caught up in this battle for the throne and the many ways in which they manipulated and connived to get the power they so greatly desired.

            The musical score of The White Queen was created by classically trained Scottish composer John Lunn.  Best known for his work in scoring for television series like North Square, Downton Abbey and Grantchester, Lunn has also written several operas.  

            The music of The White Queen is orchestral in nature.  The composer's classical training shines through in the score of The White Queen which features music in tune with the both the timeframe and setting of the events in the series.  I found that the earlier tracks featured a somewhat exotic undertone...maybe Spanish or French in nature.  I also enjoyed the underlying theme of the score, featuring quick strokes on violin strings  (da-da, da-da, da-da) offering up an idea of intrigue.  Something interesting is about to happen and if you blink, you just might miss the subtleties of the plan hatching.

            The White Queen Soundtrack makes for an excellent listen for fans of scoring, especially those who enjoy classical music.  Fans of the series will love listening to the soundtrack and remembering their favorite scenes from the show.  All-in-all, The White Queen Soundtrack is well worth taking a listen to.


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