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The Mistover Tale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jerome Leroy's original score to Harry Tappan Heher's film "The Mistover Tale". Available now in Digital and Physical formats.

The Mistover Tale (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jerome Leroy's original score to Harry Tappan Heher's film The Mistover Tale. 14 Tracks; Running Time is 24:51.

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30" Excerpts

Jerome Leroy rose to the challenge of creating an original soundtrack for The Mistover Tale with grace and confidence. The film demanded music that is once ethereal and bold, and could speak both for the natural world around the film’s characters in these living, vibrant landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard, as well for the individual personalities and emotions of the characters themselves, whose hopes and dreams are built up and dashed in equal measure. The soundtrack captures the haunting quality of the film, yet preserves its ultimate message of rebirth.
— Harry Tappan Heher

NOTES

 

The journey of making The Mistover Tale is a tale unto itself, spanning almost a decade from conception to release—and switching genres along the way. The film was scored by composer Jerome Leroy, who took the assignment in 2006 shortly after moving to Hollywood from Boston. Director Harry Tappan Heher based his indie film, shot on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, on the Thomas Hardy novel The Return of the Native. “Hardy lived in England,” says Leroy, “and the movie was very European in its sensibility, so I think [Heher] was interested in having a European composer write the music for it. We met to discuss the film and we hit it off.”

It was four years before the film was ready for a score, and when Leroy saw it again in 2010 the cut had changed dramatically. “It was less of a straight-up drama,” says Leroy. “It had more fantasy elements and ended up being more of a ghost story. So that obviously brought a different kind of perspective, musically.” Leroy was inspired by the stunning seascapes and vistas of the island. “We wanted the score to feel both airy and earthy, in a way,” he says. “We talked about what you would hear on the island, and how to balance the sound of nature and silence with an actual underscore.”

The thematic focus of the film is the island itself. “We eventually realized,” explains Leroy, “that the only thing that is a constant is the island. People will die, people will be born, but the island itself doesn’t change. It’s always there, like an immutable presence. This is one of the main themes of Hardy’s novel, that (Heher) wanted to capture in the film.”

The score’s aesthetic identity is in the single, magical tones of the Celtic harp, which, along with the other featured instruments—wooden flutes, fiddle, guitar—was performed at Leroy’s studio. The main character, Cliona, has Irish roots, but Leroy didn’t want to make the Irishness too on-the-nose. “I thought about the Celtic harp to build the harmonic language as dramatic support,” he says. “I would use it as a motor, on top of which I would then layer various melodic or rhythmic elements. The added benefit is that it has a very different sound than the regular harp, yet people wouldn’t necessarily say, ‘Oh, this is Celtic’ when they hear it. It is lighter and more brittle. It does sound a little more magical, more otherworldly.”

From the opening low drones and harp strains in the score’s “Overture,” Leroy weaves a delicate tapestry on aptly isolated instruments that resonate with the story’s isolated characters and their island home. “It’s a confined score on purpose,” he says. “It was all about trying to create something driven by emotions in a carefully balanced way. That’s what was interesting about it to me.” Leroy concludes, “I do feel lucky that we had a lot of time to conceive the score, and most of all I feel lucky that it was such an original story, in such an original setting.”

Tim Greiving

 

FULL EXCERPTS

 
 
The Mistover Tale is a film shot with beautiful purpose, emotion and soul… Nature was such a powerful element in it that it was impossible not to be moved by it. It is displayed in the film in all its variations, at times peaceful and warm, and at other times cold, desolate, and ominous… these elements transpire in the film’s story and in its characters, and it was wonderful to be allowed to help them come to life, even if in a small way.
— Jerome Leroy

Credits

 

Score Mixed by

Live Soloists recorded at
 

Recording Engineer 

Score Produced by

Mastered by

Album Art Direction by

Photos by

Larry Mah

Matt-Man Music Studios
Woodland Hills, CA

Emir Merzeci

Jerome Leroy

Larry Mah

Javier Burgos

Molly Peters

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thanks to Harry Tappan Heher, Sarah Kovacs, Peter Gordon, Larry Mah, William Ross, and Perrine Vaillant. And to the wonderful musicians without whom this score would not exist: I cannot express how grateful I am that you agreed to join me in this adventure–Thank you.