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EDITORS’ NOTES

Canadian composer Trevor Morris garnered a reputation—and a 2007 Emmy—for his scores to such sprawling historical TV dramas as The Tudors and The Borgias. (“More by accident than design,” notes Morris.) He also says that the first season of The Vikings “was a tough score to ‘crack the code’ for. It never quite clicked the way I wanted it to. In Season Two, I felt I made the music I always wanted to make for Vikings, which was visceral and 90% non-orchestral. I found a soloist, Einar Selvik [of the musical/spiritual collective Wardruna], who lives in Norway. A true Viking who became my secret weapon. I used more ethnic instruments of the Norse area. The blend finally clicked for me.” Morris still leans heavily on electronica, noting that he isn't a musicologist, "and I don’t think it would do service to the show to be so ‘correct’ with the instrumentation. I use [historical music] as more of a loose inspiration. The art and culture all inform my choices, but then I free-associate and try to make something that’s never been heard before.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canadian composer Trevor Morris garnered a reputation—and a 2007 Emmy—for his scores to such sprawling historical TV dramas as The Tudors and The Borgias. (“More by accident than design,” notes Morris.) He also says that the first season of The Vikings “was a tough score to ‘crack the code’ for. It never quite clicked the way I wanted it to. In Season Two, I felt I made the music I always wanted to make for Vikings, which was visceral and 90% non-orchestral. I found a soloist, Einar Selvik [of the musical/spiritual collective Wardruna], who lives in Norway. A true Viking who became my secret weapon. I used more ethnic instruments of the Norse area. The blend finally clicked for me.” Morris still leans heavily on electronica, noting that he isn't a musicologist, "and I don’t think it would do service to the show to be so ‘correct’ with the instrumentation. I use [historical music] as more of a loose inspiration. The art and culture all inform my choices, but then I free-associate and try to make something that’s never been heard before.”

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About Trevor Morris

An award-winning film, television, and video game composer whose credits include The Tudors, The Borgias, Pillars of the Earth, and Vikings, Trevor Morris was born in London, Ontario. A student of the arts from a very young age, Morris' first foray into commissioned work was to compose a piece for his graduating class to perform in honor of the arrival of Pope John Paul II in Canada. He was 13 at the time and received 50 dollars. After graduating at the top of his class from Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology, Morris moved to Toronto, where he honed his skills in both production and composition, eventually shifting his focus solely on the latter. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, California, he began working alongside James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer, eventually securing a spot on Zimmer's team, with whom he would amass a considerable amount of blockbuster screen credits. In 2007 he received an Emmy Award for his theme for the Showtime period television drama The Tudors. More Emmy nominations followed for his work on The Borgias and Pillars of the Earth. ~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
London, Ontario, Canada
BORN
May 25, 1970

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