I was recently watching the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic ‘Pride and Prejudice‘, featuring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. It is a 6-episode series, of 1 hour each. I just loved Colin Firth in his role as Mr. Darcy. He plays the aloof, arrogant, brooding character to the hilt! Jennifer Ehle as Lizzy is enchanting and speaks volumes with her eyes!
But the absolute best part of the series, I think, is the music. Carl Davies, a veteran composer for BBC dramas, has created the most heavenly music for this drama; music that does not intrude but blends beautifully with the scene. His use of the fortepiano, which is the forerunner of the modern piano, adds authenticity to the music.
If you are a fan of the series, be sure to purchase the original sound track. It is wonderful to listen to.. As you listen to the music, you can actually picture the instance in the story where the music is played. The opening music is a bright and lively piece, full of vitality and one that is sure to make you smile. I rewind and listen to it a countless number of times before moving to the next track! The Dance Montage does not have the entire dance music from the drama but what is available is quite lively. I also loved the piece ‘Thinking of Lizzy‘. I found it very light and whimsical. The rest of the pieces are just as interesting to listen to, though these are my favourites :)
Unfortunately the OST does not include Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot (the music that Darcy and Lizzy dance to), Voi Che Sapete from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Lizzy plays this in Pemberly) or Beethoven’s Andante Favori (Georgianna’s piece). But what is available is enjoyable, uplifting and one that you just cannot stop listening to!