Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood shares first track from his Spencer score
Jonny Greenwood offered a taste of his soundtrack to Pablo Larraín’s upcoming film about Princess Diana, Spencer, with the release of a track called “Crucifix”. Released via Mercury KX on November 12 – one week later by Spencer Premiere date November 5 – the soundtrack for the film is the Radiohead musician’s last since the Paul Thomas Anderson film in 2017 Phantom wire.
“Crucifix” features the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Hugh Brunt, with lush instrumentation befitting the royal drama. Greenwood previously spoke of exploiting “all that baroque tradition” in a September interview with NME, explaining that he had tried to update the music “to emphasize how chaotic and colorful Princess Diana was”.
“I suggested incorporating a baroque orchestra,” he says, “so I wrote music in this regular royal style, with timpani, trumpets, harpsichords and pipe organs. However, he then traded orchestral players for free jazz musicians.
“We changed it into a free jazz performance,” he adds. “That said, at first they were too restricted by the agreements. It was as if they were trying to improvise on the theme of Antiques roadshow. The key was to always sound vaguely baroque, while still leaving enough space for real anarchy and chaos.
Larraín’s biopic follows Princess Diana (played by Kristen Stewart) on a long weekend at the Royal Estate of Sandringham over the Christmas holidays, which forms the backdrop to her marriage breakdown to Prince Charles.
Last month we received the first full version Spencer trailer, filled with tense arguments, uncomfortable stares during dinner, and an overwhelming crowd of photographers.
Listen to Jonny Greenwood’s first track from the sheet music below.