Music from Macbeth
Film score by
Released1972
Recorded1971
StudioAir Studios, London
Length43:42
LabelHarvest Records (original release)
BGO Records (1990 reissue)
Blueprint Records (reissue)
ProducerAndrew King, Third Ear Band
Third Ear Band chronology
Abelard and Heloise
(1970)
Music from Macbeth
(1972)
Prophecies
(1972)

Music from Macbeth is a 1972 album by the Third Ear Band. It consists of the soundtrack from Roman Polanski's 1971 film Macbeth, an adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Composition

The band composed original music for the film, by adding electronic music to hand drums, woodwinds and strings.[1] Elements of music in India and the Middle East and jazz were also incorporated into the score.[2]

While the score has some Middle Ages influence, this is not found in the scenes where Duncan is assassinated and Macbeth is killed. Polanski and the band used aleatoric music for these scenes, to communicate chaos.[1]

Track listing

  1. "Overture" – 4:20
  2. "The Beach" – 1:54
  3. "Lady Macbeth" – 1:47
  4. "Inverness: Macbeth's Return/The Preparation/Fanfare/Duncan's Arrival" – 5:00
  5. "The Banquet" – 1:21
  6. "Dagger and Death" – 2:49
  7. "At the Well/The Princes's Escape/Coronation/Come Sealing Night" – 3:03
  8. "Court Dance" – 2:28
  9. "Fleance" – 4:02
  10. "Grooms' Dance" – 4:21
  11. "Bear Baiting" – 1:10
  12. "Ambush/Banquo's Ghost" – 2:27
  13. "Going to Bed/Blind Man's Buff/Requiescant/Sere and Yellow Leaf" – 3:04
  14. "The Cauldron" – 2:39
  15. "Prophesies" – 1:53
  16. "Wicca Way" – 1:24

(All compositions by Bridges, Sweeney, Minns, and Buckmaster.)

Personnel

The album also features vocals by a 12-year old Keith Chegwin.

The cover was originally painted by Roger Dean.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b Williams, Deanne (2008). "Mick Jagger Macbeth". Shakespeare Survey: Macbeth and Its Afterlife: An Annual Survey of Shakespeare Studies and Production. Vol. 57. Cambridge University Press. p. 152.
  2. ^ Sandford, Christopher (2007). Polanski. Random House. p. 222.
  3. ^ https://www.discogs.com/release/1064197-Third-Ear-Band-Music-From-Macbeth