Shadow of the Sword  (Headsman)

Director Simon Aeby’s epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe’s 16th-century Inquisition. Orphans Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Georg (Peter McDonald) bond as children, but walk very different paths as adults. Georg follows his calling to join the church, while Martin becomes an army captain. When fate places Martin in the role of executioner, he must choose between friendship and fundamentalist doctrine.

This was my very first score for a European movie after having worked exclusively in Hollywood for 12 years. Thanks to Simon Aeby and Helmut Grasser and everybody at Allegro Films in Vienna for making that happen.

On this score I could lean heavily on my European church music background, which – after happily working for other composers for many years – felt like going back to some of my roots…


Simon Aeby


Helmut Grasser, Allegro Film Vienna

On this track I was very fortunate to have a very special, small choir from my hometown of Freiburg perform my music – the Dufay Ensmble.
A professional group of seven amazing male singers specializing in medieval vocal music.

This scene, “Dawn”, features “Game of Thrones” actor Nikolai Coster-Waldau,
I am also very proud and grateful for having the great A.J.Racy play Ney flute.