The Witcher TV show may have found its composers, or not
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Be it a video game, movie or cartoon, music plays an important role of setting the tone and immersing viewers in their stories' world. Although based on the series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski, many fans could claim when they think about the Netflix show's music, they're reminded of The Witcher games, especially that of the third installment.
The Witcher 3 had an original Polish score and the books were originally written in Polish, so it makes sense that the new show would also follow its Slavic roots. That's why after discovering IMDb's listing of Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli as the show's music composers, there was little room for doubt.
Belousova is probably most known for Player Piano, her classical arrangements of popular songs and soundtrack themes. Player Piano was created in collaboration with director and screenwriter Tom Grey and produced by Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee. Belousova has also received a number of awards, like the Russian Ministry of Culture Award, a couple of International Academy of Web Television Awards and a few more Telly Awards.
Giona Ostinelli is a Swiss–Italian composer that has written over 30 movie scores. His soundtrack for the TV thriller-drama The Mist, is his most recognised work, but his score for the psychological-thriller Darling won him critical acclaim. He also won a Telly Award in the Best Use of Music category and has received a number of nominations at other award shows since then.
Together they have worked on Amazon's The Romanoffs, Sacred Lies and Millennials: The Musical. Belousova's classical style would be in good contrast to Ostinelli's tense and brooding tones, allowing them to properly depict the beauty and horror of The Witcher's world. Here's an interview where they talk about their work process whole composing music for The Romanoffs.
Contender or real composer
It recently came to light that an alleged The Witcher soundtrack is available on SoundCloud. Upon listening to it, you'll find the music could have fit into any of The Witcher games, a lying doubt on IMDb's music credit for the show.
The page is linked to the Bohemian Group Composers, of which Holly Amber Church is a composer. Church seems to have a preference for horror scores, notable works being The Devil's Dolls and Toybox. For her to create the songs on SoundCloud shows her ability to change gears and adopt new styles.
It is not uncommon for fans and job seekers to produce works as a sample of their skills and that could be what this Witchery album is. However, it could also be a sample from the actual show. Since Netflix hasn't made an official statement about The Witcher's composer, all this talk amounts to simple conjecture. However, IMDb has been wrong before hasn't it?