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The Pact (Pagten) (Frédéric Vercheval)

Original score from the 2021 drama feature film directed by Bille August, starring Birthe Neumann, Simon Bennebjerg and Asta Kamma August, produced by Motor and released by SF Studios (Denmark).

THE STORY: The intense friendship between Karen Blixen, the Danish author best known for her autobiographical novel Out of Africa, and Thorkild Bjørnvig, a young and promising poet.

THE SCORE: It was a great pleasure to compose the music for this very beautiful film directed by the great director, Bille August. He asked me to compose music that contained  elements of shadow and magic at the same time dark, subtle and haunting by mixing orchestral acoustic elements and sound design. I worked on the musical textures to find these different colors, using the orchestra and synthetic sources. I used different musical motifs played by an alto flute, a harp and a bassoon which respond to the strings by a melodic back and forth movement. Some music is like waves in which an ambivalence is born linked to the narrative aspects of the film. The sensation is uncomfortable, charged by desire, manipulation and destiny. The soundtrack also includes an excerpt from Franz Schubert’s Andantino from Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959, which is used in a key scene of the film.”Frédéric Vercheval

THE COMPOSER: Frédéric Vercheval is a Belgian musician and composer. He studied at the Jazz Studio, a music school of Antwerp, Belgium. Vercheval was nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Original Score five times for his work in Diamant 13 (2009), Krach (2010), Not My Type (2014), Melody (2014) and Mothers’ Instinct (2019). In 2019, Vercheval’s score for Duelles (Mothers’ Instinct) won the World Soundtrack Awards in the Best Original Score for a Belgian Production category.

MMS21060 THE PACT (Pagten) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Release date (digital): August 6, 2021

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