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The Thirteenth Tale (Benjamin Wallfisch)

The Thirteenth Tale (Benjamin Wallfisch)


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As we dive deeper the music never becomes predictable and always keeps the brooding suspense there. Wallfisch has composed some tremendous work recently and I truly believe he is bound to become one of the greats. (Kaya Savas, Film Music Media)

Executed with the same grace, body, and attention one might expect of a feature film score, The Thirteenth Tale adds depth and emotional weight to Vida Winter’s story, balancing pensive human drama with chilling psychological horror.  (John Cunha, MovieMusicMania)

The Thirteenth Tale is for people who can enjoy a good scary and creepy atmosphere and really crawl inside the music to experience it. (Jorn Tillnes, SoundtrackGeek)

Meticulously written and orchestrated, as you would expect from Wallfisch. The mixing is particularly noteworthy. The album is over before you know it. (Pete Simons, Synchrotones)

Wallfisch has created the perfect mix of drama and horror for the score of this film.  In listening to The Thirteenth Tale Soundtrack, I couldn’t help but find myself wanting to see the film.  (Melissa Minners, G-Pop)

Adapted from Diane Setterfield’s best–selling novel by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton (Atonement), The Thirteenth Tale is directed by James Kent (The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter series) and features a stylish orchestral score by up and coming British composer Benjamin Wallfisch. Starring Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, The Thirteenth Tale was first broadcast on BBC Two on December 30, 2013, and is scheduled for US broadcast on PBS and DVD release in January 2014. 

The Thirteenth Tale is MovieScore Media’s fifth album with Benjamin Wallfisch. The collaboration began in 2006 with the digital release of Wallfisch’s acclaimed score for Dear Wendy, followed by The Escapist, Conquest 1453 and  Hammer of the Gods. About The Thirteenth Tale, the composer says that “what starts out as a ghost story evolves into something much more focused on the human domain, and it was fascinating to find a musical voice to accompany that journey.”

Wallfisch’s mastery of the orchestra is on full display in the score for The Thirteenth Tale, which fuses elements of beautiful misterioso writing with reflective and poignant thematic ideas, sometimes infused by agitated action statements or challenging instrumental colorings. Don’t let the fact that this score was written for the small screen mislead you – it’s a large orchestral score with all the artistic and production values you would expect from a major feature film.

MMS13024 • THE THIRTEENTH TALE (Original Television Score)
Release date (digital): December 30, 2013
Release date (CD): TBC


1 Opening 3:08
2 Baby Twins 2:41
3 Margaret Flees 1:00
4 Do You Believe in Ghosts? 2:43
5 Angelfield 2:15
6 Isabelle 2:49
7 Adeline 1:14
8 Hester Investigates 2:12
9 Adeline Taken Away 1:57
10 The Twins Separated 2:28
11 Realisation 1:28
12 Genuinely Dangerous 1:46
13 Moira 2:27
14 The Thirteenth Tale 3:56
15 The Fire 1:56
16 Ghost 2:07
17 Wolf in the Room – End Credits 2:10

    The Thirteenth Tale (Benjamin Wallfisch)