The Scandalous Sounds of Bridgerton (w Kris Bowers)

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The Netflix series Bridgerton has hooked audiences with its bodice-ripping sex scenes, a colorblind approach period drama casting, and a soundtrack featuring recreations of modern bangers from pop stars like Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish arranged in the style of a classical string quartet. By bringing modern melodies into the proper world of Regency England, the show reminds us that classical music wasn’t always so stuffy and solemn. In its time, it trafficked in the same scandal as modern pop.
Alongside these classical-pop mashups, Bridgerton serves up its own ravishing score from composer Kris Bowers, who joins to break down how he made the past pop.

Songs Discussed:
Vitamin String Quartet - Thank U, Next, Bad Guy, In My Blood
Kris Bowers - When You Are Alone, Flawless My Dear, Strange
Maurice Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin, Prelude
Clara Schumann - Der Mond Kommt Still Gegangen
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No 3 in F Major Op 90, Mvt 3 (for Four Hand Piano)

Read Maria Popova on the letters of Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann
and Adrian Daub on Four Handed Monsters
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