While a lot of the talk surrounding this immensely popular show has focused on the cast, story and costumes, the inclusion of popular music in the show has also proved to be a strong talking point…
When you tend to think of period dramas whether on film or television, there is a tendency to think of it featuring very traditional music. But what Bridgerton (a very contemporary take on the regency period) has done is shown that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Arranged by Kris Bowers, songs by the likes of Maroon 5, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande take on a whole new meaning when stripped back into their simplest form. But it also highlights the fact that the distance between contemporary pop music and classical music is actually not that great.
With his arrangements of songs such as ‘Thank u Next’ there is a playful but elegant quality to the song that instantly captures the style of the show. It gets the balance between the traditional regency period that the show is bringing to life with the idea of seeing it through a contemporary audience’s eyes just right.
Meanwhile, each song also captures the sense of drama and theatricality as well, highlighted in the rich sounding rendition of ‘In My Blood’ – a Shawn Mendes track that really soars by gradually building on each layer of music beautifully. It enhances the building point of the enormity of what the central characters have decided to do – exquisitely performed by the Vitamin String Quartet it is one of the many moments that the music compliments the action.
Elsewhere, the performance of the Vitamin String Quartet is also capable of drawing out darker elements of the music beautifully to capture a different element of the characters as heard on the performance of ‘Bad Guy’ that is delightful contrast to the other songs used on the album.
But of course, with the period drama comes quite a bit of romance involved. This is captured perfectly within songs such as the delicate versions of ‘Strange’ and ‘Wildest Dreams’ that subtly underscore the more passionate elements of the script.
This who selection of musical pieces show how contemporary music can be adapted effectively to whole different range of shows and films – and as in this case, leaves the audience wanting more of it. Let’s hope this idea of mixing contemporary pop music with classical shows up in the next series of Bridgerton.
By Emma Clarendon
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