Written for Black Kite Entertainment's student film of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, freely available for viewing here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksvRMiKc2Fw
Since the film is in a historical setting, I decided to draw on the music Shakespeare would have known himself.
I rarely use instruments not existent in the 1500s such as the piano, with the biggest exception being modern string instruments instead of the viols popular at the time. (They aren't exactly easy to get a hold of...) My only regret is that I had no access to a choir (strings take the place of singers in most of the soundtrack), and live performers. (The entire soundtrack uses sampled instruments.)
Originally I was intending a lot of the harmony and melody to emulate composers of the Renaissance too, such as Byrd and Tallis. However, due to my then-limited knowledge of such music, and the requirements of the film, I ended up drifting pretty far away from that. The result is an interesting blend of Renaissance polyphony and a conventional, atmospheric film score.
This is almost the entire soundtrack as heard in the film. Some pieces I have remixed and remastered to work together as an album better, some I have left out altogether when I didn't feel they were up to par or were very short (under 10 seconds or so), and some very atmospheric pieces I have sped up to make more interesting.