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Finding Home (Håbet)
Original Music from the Miniseries


Composer: Nicklas Schmidt
Performed by: Brussels Philharmonic and Dreamers’ Circus
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 December 2019

MovieScore Media’s latest television score release hails from Denmark with the four-episode long television event Finding Home (aka Håbet) with music by Nicklas Schmidt. Set in 1899, the series tells the story of 15-year-old Marie and her two younger siblings who live in an orphanage. Their father is a sailor and has not been home for three years. Everyone except Marie thinks he is dead. One day as Marie gets a clue that her father has been seen alive, she flees the orphanage, cuts off her hair, disguises herself as a boy and embarks on a long and dramatic journey on the freight ship 'Hope' to search for her father and reunite her family...

Nicklas Schmidt's score for the Danish miniseries Håbet (Finding Home) consists of 12 tracks (40 min, 17 sec). It's a subtle, well layered soundtrack with a lot of heart.

Talking about the music, Schmidt says: "I found it particularly inspiring to illuminate the maritime subject of the story from two sides: One that was going along with the big waves, the melancholic longing for faraway shores, underlined by symphonic strings; and one that spoke the language of sailors and common people and is expressed through a folk trio. This blend gives the score a quite unique character – and it also experiments with mixing up the two genres in crucial moments of the storyline."

The intricate folk melodies are inspired by Danish, Norwegian and Irish tunes, but are composed originally for this project and brought to life by the astonishing trio Dreamers’ Circus. The music is performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.

It's the play between the beautifully melancholic orchestrated music and the more uplifting folk tunes which help to give this score a rich and varied sound.


Darren Rea

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