Mom always says that Diana will go down in history as one of the great authors of our time, and I have to agree with her. This project attracts and develops many great people, and talents. Someone else who will go down in history, in my opinion, is Bear McCreary. His beautiful, masterful, original pieces bring our emotions to the forefront as we watch the Outlander story unfold on the small screen. I truly believe the production would be a shadow of itself without his contributions. Good news: the soundtrack for Season 3 was released for purchase on Friday, Feb 9th.
Bear did an interview with EW’s Lynette Rice recently in anticipation of the soundtrack’s debut. Bear’s comments about writing the death of Frank especially struck me. The fact is, Bear writes music for each character – they each have their own theme song when they appear on screen. So Frank’s death is a death not only for Tobias, who’s played him, and Claire of course, but for all of the artists who’ve helped bring him to life, including Bear. The writers will no longer write Frank, Terry’s team won’t make costumes for Frank anymore, he’ll no longer sit in someone’s makeup chair, etc. Everyone who touches and helps make that character come to life must say goodbye to him. I never thought of it quite like that before.
Matt Roberts wrote the script for this heartbreaking ending, and Bear wrote the heartwrenching music that goes with it…
Here’s what Bear had to say about it…
What would you say were the hardest moments to write music for from season 3?
“Boy, there’s a few. Emotionally, Frank’s death was extremely difficult. I found myself weeping as I was writing. I felt so much for Claire. I felt for Frank and I loved the theme I wrote for Frank and it was sad writing it, knowing it was the last time. In many ways, I was saying goodbye to a piece of music that had been in my life for three years and a character. So that was challenging in that it was very emotional.”
Well, Bear, you certainly weren’t the only one crying during that scene!
As sad as Claire’s goodbye to Frank was, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see old Frank again, thanks to the flashback. And when he is recollected by Claire (or Bree), the costume dept. will dust off his togs, and Bear will have the chance to write Frank’s theme song again….
Here’s a sample of the Season 3 soundtrack
You can purchase the soundtrack on Amazon – Outlander S3 Soundtrack
For the full EW Article, Go HERE.