Album “La Sonata Del Silencio (Original Television Soundtrack)”
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Label Plaza Mayor Company ltd
La Sonata del Silencio (The Sonata of Silence) is a story of passion, jealousy and dreams with Post-war Spain as a backdrop. Marta Ribas lives in the male-dominated society of the late 40s, full of conflict and economic hardship. She had a happy married life with Antonio but his health starts deteriorating, so to make ends meet Marta starts looking for a job. Antonio doesn’t approve it as he feels it damages his reputation. He controls her every step and Marta feels like a prisoner in her own home. But an unexpected opportunity crosses her path that will allow her to secure her own survival and that of her daughter, and find her place in the world.
The piano is an important element on this story. Marta is a skillful pianist and Flavio is a reputable piano instructor. Both of them had several scenes where they played piano on screen. So my first task was to compose two original piano pieces (El Piano de Marta, and Sonata del Silencio), to give the actors enough time to learn the fingering before the shooting date.
During the scoring process I used thematic elements from those two piano pieces as leitmotivs for Marta and Flavio since they are key characters in the story.
The show was conceived without an opening titles sequence, so a main title theme was not required. But I felt the need to have one predominant theme that would convey the general sentiments of the story–anxiety, concern, anguish, survival. This theme would be sort of the spine of the score all along the series. We can hear it fully developed in Desde el Silencio, as well as sections of it in other tracks of this album.
There are other important leitmotivs in the score like the one I associated with the character of Basilio as he progressively ruins his life because of his night life and his relationship with hoodlums, smugglers and drug dealers (La Mala Vida, Malas Compañías, Clandestinos and Hacia la Perdición). I basically created leitmotivs and distinctive sonic atmospheres for all the main characters and most of the recurring situations.
I hope the listener enjoys this soundtrack album as much as I did creating the score for this fascinating television series.
Music composed, orchestrated and conduted by CÉSAR BENITO
* Music performed by MAD4STRINGS
* Solo Violin and Concertino LUIS ESTÉVEZ WINTERS
* Recorded at ESTUDIO UNO, Colmenar Viejo, Madrid (Spain)
* Recording engineer LUIS DEL TORO
* Coordinator CARLOS MARTÍN
Piano and Programming CÉSAR BENITO
Mixing and Mastering engineer JAVIER FERREIRO
Album prodduced by CÉSAR BENITO and JAVIER FERREIRO