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Clash of Futures
Original Television Soundtrack


Composer: Laurent Eyquem
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 14 September 2018

MovieScore Media goes back in time with the sweeping historical miniseries Clash of Futures, exploring the dramatic era of the 1920s and '30s. The eight-part series follows the fates of extraordinary men, women and children from France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Poland and the Soviet Union using their own diary entries, letters and memoirs. These are people drawn into the war by their convictions, who with their loves and decisions bring the history of Europe with all its contradictions to life...

Laurent Eyquem's (Momentum) score for Clash of Futures is a pretty bold and diverse collection of themes. The music has been designed to carry the viewer of the series across 21 years of rich history in Europe, from 1918 to 1939. It was decided to embrace one symbolic instrument to be the common thread: the trumpet.

Commenting on the music, Eyquem reveals: "From the haunting sound of the Harmon Cup Trumpet to the solemn voice of the classic trumpet, it's soulful sound takes us on a journey from the emergence of jazz in Europe at the end of World War I, to the ascendance of Nazism and Fascism, through to the military marches in 1939. Throughout, the common thematic thread in this score is the perpetual, vacillating uncertainty of this period in history, reflected in an omnipresent dissonance that floats, discernibly, just below the surface."

Personal highlights over the course of these 20 tracks (1 hr, 04 min, 11 sec) include 'Freedom'; 'Unstoppable Times and A Spy on the Train'; and 'Uncertain Future' (which has a beautiful choral segment).

It's a rich and varied score that is packed with emotionally charged themes. Not a moment is wasted here.


Darren Rea

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