Music composed by the real historic figure Comte St. Germain will be featured in “Outlander” Season 2, composer Bear McCreary revealed in a recent interview. The TV series has won high praise for its authenticity in depicting Highlander culture and is now set to repeat that success with a French setting.
In an interview with Collider, McCreary explained that he conducted intense research on the music of the time period. Upon learning that Comte St. Germain (Stanley Webber) will be making an appearance in the TV series, McCreary focused his attention on the historical figure.
McCreary pointed out that among St. Germain’s many talents was a talent to compose music. He asked a historian to bring him a collection of music composed by St. Germain and McCreary liked one of them. The theme music that plays when the character is on screen is the music the historical figure wrote centuries ago.
“Stuff like that you can only do on a lush period piece like this when you have the time to do the research,” McCreary explained. He described “Outlander” Season 2 as “essentially a different show while they’re in Paris.” “When we go to Versailles, the music that’s being played there is the definitive music for that place and that time period,” he said.
The music composer said that very few people watching the show will actually realise that the music being played is more accurate to the time period. For the others, the show will feel much more authentic because “it actually is.”
“Outlander” Season 2 will bring Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) back to Scotland, but for the most part of the season they will remain in Paris. McCreary said that he got a lot of time to do his music research because he got an early version of the first half of the season. He said that he didn’t know much about Baroque French music initially, but now jokes about being an expert.