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MP3 Michael Kaulkin - Shakespeare's Merchant

Michael Kaulkin''s score contrasts dark and tense dramatic moments with some sweeping, lyrical melodies. Musical influences include Bernstein and Sondheim, with lashings of Ravel and Vaughan Williams.

32 MP3 Songs
CLASSICAL: Orchestral, ELECTRONIC: Virtual Orchestra

About the Film

Shakespeare''s Merchant is a fast-paced modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. The society in which Shakespeare''s story is set is one where casual racism is an accepted fact of life, and the “outsider” is always suspect. This adaptation takes an unflinching view of this society and the actions of its inhabitants. The film''s dialogue consists of Shakespeare''s text, although it somewhat updated for the sake of clarity. The film''s setting is not Shakespeare''s Venice, but an unspecified place and time that resembles the present day.

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About the Score

Shakespeare''s Merchant is a short movie with an epic score. In many places music is used in a way that resembles opera, where the orchestra frequently carries the subtext and the emotional weight. Helping to set a scene where people are routinely nasty to each other, Michael Kaulkin''s score is mostly dark and tense, with some lyrical and humorous moments.


About the Composer

San Francisco-based composer Michael Kaulkin''s works for orchestra, chorus and the musical stage have been performed in venues around the world. He holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, and previously studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Shakespeare''s Merchant is his first film score.

Kaulkin''s music has been praised for its lyrical style and dramatic scope. A lifetime enthusiasm for live theater informs his orchestral and choral works, as well as his music for the stage. More information is available at https://www.tradebit.com.

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