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Madame de Jurjewicz
Nathanael Tronerud, who composed all the theme music to the Swordspoint audiobook, just sent me this link to a LIVE PERFORMANCE of one of the themes he wrote for the audiobook.  (For the audiobook, most of the music was electronically produced.)

This is the Lord Michael Godwin Theme, performed live by invitation at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, on March 7, 2012.

ETA:  Nate's Program Notes:  "As the theme of a principal character (from the audiobook adaptation of Ellen Kushner's novel, Swordspoint) the music here attempts to capture the clockwork gears of Lord Michael's calculating mind. Though perpetually plotting, he is always a step (or sometimes several steps) behind his elder political rivals on The Hill, in particular the Duchess Tremontaine (who, as we all know, does not get involved with politics). The piece also moves us through the different points of Michael's story within the larger framework of the book, highlighting both his aspirations and his shortcomings."

I am utterly ravished to announce that we have just signed Nate up to write new music for the Privilege of the Sword audiobook, currently in production and scheduled for June 2012.  We will, of course, incorporate some of the Swordspoint music (for continuity, and because it's so good) . . . but I've been promised some new themes, for things like "Marcus & Katherine, the Young Detectives" . . . and, of course, Artemisia Fitz-Levi gets her own motif!  Can't wait.

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comrade_cat
Mar. 15th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
That is beautiful! I smell CELLOS!

And that location was confusing me immensely until I realised there was a C instead of a D in the front of that name.
ellen_kushner
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yes; I wish they'd posted the names of the instruments each person was playing. (Um, Nate, if you read this...?)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Instrumentation
Harpsichord
Harp
Violin
Cello
Contrabass

-Nate
ellen_kushner
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Instrumentation
Ah! Thanks, Nate - and thanks for adding them to the Soundcloud page, as well.
swan_tower
Mar. 15th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
That is lovely.
ellen_kushner
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
just_ann_now
Mar. 15th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
What a great start to my morning. I loved the way the Swordspoint theme, just one iteration of it, was in there at 1:30 - the first point at which Michael's comfortable life intersected with one that was, ah, less comfortable.

I also enjoyed your description (on the Coode Street podcast) of working with Nate to get the music just right. I hadn't realized that that's what it was, just a simple guitar theme, but - wow. One more thing to look forward to with audio TPOTS!


Edited at 2012-03-15 01:48 pm (UTC)
ellen_kushner
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ooo, you're sharp!

Sue & I were also utterly charmed by the ticking clock theme in there - which we *hadn't* asked him to do - but which we'd already planned to have (as SFX) in Michael's scene with Horn. It just made us even more sure that Nate was the right man for the job.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
My efforts were not in vain! Good catch. ;)

-Nate
la_marquise_de_
Mar. 15th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Yay! That's excellent news.
ellen_kushner
Mar. 15th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
It is!
1crowdedhour
Mar. 15th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
So freaking beautiful! Thank you for the link. It's amazing.
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