Score Saturday: The Leftovers by Max Richter

The Leftovers was one spellbinding show – from the premise, the cast and performances, and the themes it explores. The best thing about it though is the atmospheric score by Max Richter. 

The musical pieces are in signature Max’s style – brooding melodies intensifying over a period of time. And a few sequences in the story stay memorable, for a large part, for the gripping background score. The last time this happened was with Giacchino’s stellar LOST.

I can’t cover the entirety of the album here, but to start off will leave you with my favourite motif from the series called ‘The Departure‘. It’s a simple melody but something that gets stuck in your head for days if you’re like me. There’s only two layers of piano to this, but the way the notes navigate in the short span is brilliant. 

The second piece is a slight variation on the Departure theme. It’s got strings and is a bit more mellow, if you will. 


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