Like ‘The Favourite’ soundtrack? You’ll enjoy this concert in March!
Just watched The Favourite? Wondering what music was on the soundtrack?
If you liked it, you’ll love the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming live concerts in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Emma Stone in The Favourite (Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Currently in cinemas, the historical comedy-drama The Favourite has just won BAFTA Awards for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay! It’s the early 1700s and Great Britain is at war with France. Two young ladies fight to win over the heart of a frail and erratic Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman), as well as the free rein of running a country that is in desperate need of a healthy and able monarch.
What music features?
The soundtrack is trending... that’s right, music composed over 400 years ago!
The film’s turbulent relationship with power and feelings is amplified by an incredible tracklist comprising of an eclectic mix of music from the Baroque period, mid-century, and contemporary classical music.
The Baroque period refers to an era from about 1600 to 1750 (coinciding with the reign of Queen Anne) and included composers you will hear in ‘The Favourite’, including Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell and Handel.
In the film, you’ll also hear music called “Songs of the M8” by Scottish composer Anna Meredith (Winner of 2018 Scottish Album of the Year), whose music has been performed at concerts by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Anna’s music is inspired by her memories of “bombing up and down the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the middle of the night, to and from various ill-advised indie gigs.”
What music is in the trailer?
Let’s take the trailer music, for example:
- Handel (1685 - 1759): Concerto Grosso in B Flat, Op 6, No 7 – 1. Largo
- Vivaldi (1678 - 1741): Viola d’amore Concerto in A Minor, RV 397 – 1. Vivace
- Ferrari (1929 - 2005): 'Didascalies'
Experience a live classical concert
You can check out the full tracklist for The Favourite on Spotify, but go a step further and experience the greatest baroque music live in concert with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in March. Sit back and let the music transport you back to Queen Anne’s tempestuous, regal world!
Brilliance of the Baroque celebrates the music of Purcell and Handel in Edinburgh (7 Mar), Glasgow (8 Mar) and Aberdeen (9 Mar). The concert features one of the world's great operatic voices, Carolyn Sampson, singing beautiful arias from Handel's humorous musical drama Semele.