Dominik Scherrer's The Missing
MovieScore Media presents The Missing, Dominik Scherrer's Emmy nominated music for the Golden Globe nominated miniseries
MovieScore Media presents Dominik Scherrer’s music for Golden Globen nominated The Missing, whose pilot episode attracted almost 6 million viewers on BBC 1.
The story follows Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt), a man devastated by the abduction of his son Oliver during a family vacation in France. He becomes obsessed and spends years searching for him even though his frantic investigation ruins his marriage to Emily (Frances O’Connor).
French police detective Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) is also haunted by the disappearance; he may be retired, but he is also haunted by the notion that Oliver could still be alive. Told using a fascinating narrative puzzle with several time frames, The Missing explores the impact of a child’s abduction, the emotional cost of obsession and letting go.
Scherrer’s suspenseful yet lyrical accompaniment covers the investigation after Oliver; the hauntingly memorable title sequence incorporates the song “Come Home” by Belgian post-rock band Amatorski – the full version of the song as well as Scherrer’s arrangement for the opening are both available on the album. “Thematically our emotional core was the pain of the loss of the child” explains the composer. “The story is about the fallout of this event, and how far, into many corners, in several countries, this can reach. Director Tom Shankland, made an analogy: butterflies. They start as one thing then hatch and become another creature. Hence I made a whole series of interrelated themes relating to butterflies: “Butterflies”, “Actias Luna”, Colias Croceus”.
Swiss-born composer Dominik Scherrer is a real veteran of the British television scene. His credits include the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Marple (2004-2013), the hospital drama Monroe (2012/2013) and the sci-fi adventure series Primeval (2007-2009) whose soundtrack was also released by MovieScore Media. More recently Scherrer composed also the music score for both seasons of the British television crime series Ripper Street (2012-) and his work can be heard in the currently aired third series as well. He won the Best Television Soundtrack Award for his work on the show at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards.
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