How Bridgerton Found Its Signature Swoonworthy Sound
The year is 1813. The frame? Regency London. A debutante, the eldest daughter of her family, arrives at a resplendent ball and in search of a suitor. To really kick the evening up a notch, a string quartet begins playing, inviting everyone eligible for the Queen’s Court to team up and take to the dance floor. The air? Why, Ariana Grande“Thank you, then,” of course.
This is the world of Bridgerton.
The lavish new Netflix series, created by Chris Van Dusen and executive produced by Shonda rhimes, has taken viewers by storm since its release in late December. According to the streaming service, the show is expected to be watched by 63 million households within the first 28 days of its release – each of them surely being thrilled with the romance, intrigue and, yes, the music. oddly familiar.
But how did a series set in the early 1800s come to sound so modern, incorporating melodies made popular by Grande, Taylor Swift and more 21st century pop stars? And why?
To break down the soundscape of the show, E! News spoke with the music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas and composer Kris bowers, who both played a big role in the realization of Van Dusen’s auditory vision.