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'Call the Midwife' Composer Maurizio Malagnini Takes Us Inside the Making of Series Soundtrack

Call the Midwife
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Leonie Elliott, Jennifer Kirby, Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie in Call the Midwife. 

Call the Midwife, the popular PBS/BBC One period drama that follows the nurses, midwives and nuns who assist often poverty-stricken expectant mothers in the East End of London, began its seventh season on Sunday. To help commemorate, Dubois Records digitally released an original soundtrack album on Monday, which features the original score from Maurizio Malagnini, who has composed music for the series since the fourth season. The album, which will come out on CD in May, highlights the most emotionally resonant tracks from the four seasons.

Malagnini, who received a 2015 Emmy nomination for his work on The Paradise, has also composed for the BAFTA-nominated film The C Word and for ITV’s Peter and Wendy, a two-hour drama based on J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan novel.

In this behind-the-scenes look, Malagnini talks about creating the music for the series and the album.

As he prepared the orchestral music for the soundtrack album, Malagnini wanted to create something that took the listener beyond the series. “I wanted it to be like a diary of the emotions we have lived during the last few seasons,” he says. “I wanted it to be a way for the audience to live these emotions once again, but this time not through the film, but the music.”

The birthing scenes are among the most exhilarating for Malagnini to score. “Every single scene in which a woman gives birth, there is something magical,” he says. “One of the themes of the show is the mystery behind the creation of life and how extraordinary and diverse every birth can be. Certainly, some of the most intense music I have composed for the show are these scenes.”

Malagnini also talks about creating certain themes and even gives the viewer a little concert.


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