The Bridgerton music is just one of the reasons that we fell head over heels with the period drama.
We all know just how powerful music is when it comes to TV and film...it can completely make or break a show after all. The transformative quality that it possesses is pretty undeniable—and, the Bridgerton music is no exception.
The show is filled with excellent music. Whether they're already on your playlists or feature in other TV shows, there's no doubt that you will recognize some of these songs too. if you're after a definitive list of music that is on the popular Netflix drama and can't wait for the official soundtrack to drop, then fear not, for the music has been revealed.
The lavish Regency parties throughout the show feature a variety of entertainment—from orchestras, pianofortes to open-valve trumpets. We also see Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon's (and no, you're not the only ones googling who is Regé-Jean Page dating) romance blossom to these tunes. But when it comes to mixing a period drama with popular music—Bridgerton has it covered.
But, here comes the twist, the reason that you might recognize the music isn't as obvious at first. Forget historically correct Haydn and Mozart minutes and trios, for the music that sounds familiar to our ears is the pop songs remastered into orchestral arrangements.
Bridgerton music: which pop songs appear in the show?
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A rundown of the artists would read like a red carpet LA music awards show guestlist with everyone from Billie Eilish to Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes making an appearance.
With a nod to its own wonderfully contorted aesthetic, the series in large part eschews classical works. Instead, it subs in orchestral arrangements of these artists and more, all in the appropriate classical style.
There's something about the blend of ancient and modern that works so well. Here are some of the pop songs you might have heard in the series, arranged for string quartet...
A list of the cover songs featured in Bridgerton
- Billie Eilish, Bad Guy
- Taylor Swift, Wildest Dreams
- Maroon 5, Girls Like You
- Shawn Mendes, Written In My Blood
- Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
- Celeste (feat. Hillary Smith) and Kris Bowers, Strange
Who are the Bridgeton music composers?
Kris Bowers, an American pianist, and composer penned the score to the series and made these arrangements. If his name sounds familiar, that's because he’s previously provided soundtracks to films and video games including Green Book, Dear White People, and Madden NFL.
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What Classical music featured in Bridgerton?
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Of course, it wouldn't be a period drama without some ACTUAL classic music, So not to disappoint Classical music fans, the show's creators made sure there was some throughout the popular Netflix drama.
- Episode 4 - Lady Lady Trowbridge’s guests at her steamy soirée dance to the Waltz from Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 2. Followed by the ‘Barcarolle’ from Offenbach’s 1881 opera The Tales of Hoffmann.
- Episode 5 - The queen's rage-filled reading scene is accompanied by Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and later one of his ‘Razumovsky’ string quartets is played at the wedding party.
- Episode 7 - The scene opens with Daphne playing the German composer’s fiery Piano Sonata in C, ‘Waldstein’.
- At the final rain-drenched ball you can hear an adaptation of the Gigue from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6. The music is taken from the 2018 album Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites and if you're a fan of that music then the entire album is worth a stream.
- The last episode of Bridgerton features music from Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, interpretations on Vivaldi’s famous concertos.
So there you have it, stream to your heart's content or set up that Bridgerton playlist to get you through the start of 2021. Bet's are on for which artists we can expect to hear in Bridgerton Seasons 3 and 4.
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Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
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