By Bear McCreary
(Originally published in Bear McCreary Web Page, June 10th, 2015)
In 2013, I scored a smart science fiction thriller called “Europa Report.” Using a found-footage / documentary style, the film tells the story of the first manned mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. In both the film and real life, the moon is believed to contain a liquid water ocean beneath its icy surface, as well as the chemical components necessary for life. This makes it an extremely interesting place, both for physical exploration and, of course, a perfect subject for a film. The film garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike, and has done especially on Netflix. Since “Europa Report” was released, NASA has announced a mission to Europa in the coming decade, ensuring the moon will remain in the public consciousness for years to come.
My main theme for the film was surprisingly melodic. I wrote music striving to capture my own excitement about the prospect of finding life on Europa, and wove that inspiration into the film’s score. (For more fun details, here’s my blog about the score.) The film featured a solo piano version of my main theme, one that I performed myself for the album. Over the years, fans have always asked me about getting a copy of the sheet music of this theme. At last, this is a reality!
Seeing Europa in the news over and over has finally motivated me to take action on this. I’m thrilled to announce that my label Sparks & Shadows has made the sheet music available through Swirly Music! The professionally-printed 9×12 music can be ordered from their website.
I am very excited to finally get “Europa Report for Solo Piano” out there, and I’m hoping to see a few fan performances on YouTube! If you learn it, upload a video of your performance and send it to us on Twitter, tagging @bearmccreary and @SparksShadows, or on Facebook at my page or the Sparks & Shadows page.
To pianists, I can honestly say that the piece is relatively simple, certainly in comparison to some of the monster pieces from my Battlestar Galactica book! My biggest advice would be to take measures 27 through 33 as slowly as necessary in order to be expressive. It looks tricky, but its really pretty simple.
This is my secondary foray into publishing sheet music of my scores, after my Battlestar Galactica songbook from Hal Leonard. I’m curious if you guys would want more of my music available in this format. What do you think? Should we do more releases like this?