29 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
Rolo65 ,

Why?!

Who isn't the track from when Ragnar performed the BloodEagle not on here?

Roderick01 ,

Missing music

The music from the final scene of Episode 1 is missing. That is very disappointing. I can’t understand why it’s not included being that it was such a powerful scene. I have to give this three stars for that reason.

Ben Targaryen ,

A Soundtrack Worthy of Ragnar Himself

I've been a big fan of Vikings since it first aired last year. On top of that, I've been an ever bigger fan of Trevor Morris's work since having seen (and listened to) The Tudors. His work is fantastic here, as always. This soundtrack perfectly captures the environment of Vikings and takes me back to the locations explored in Season Two.

However, there is one detraction I must make and that is the (apparent) exclusion of the "Blood Eagle" track. Perhaps it's really in this album and I've just missed it. Either way, this is an awesome soundtrack to hold me over until Season Three!

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