2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Essex Serpent’

The Essex Serpent soundtrack includes music by Dustin O’Halloran, Herdís Stefánsdóttir and Henry Francis Lyte. This info article contains spoilers for Clio Barnard’s Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

The Essex Serpent stars Claire Danes as Cora Seaborne, a widow and naturalist who investigates a mythical creature. Tom Hiddleston co-stars as Will Ransome, a pastor who tries to protect Cora from a community of angry and grieving villagers in Aldwinter. The storyline follows the protagonists as they come to the realization that a fantastical sea dragon could indeed be real. Composers Dustin O’Halloran (Transparent) and Herdís Stefánsdóttir (Y: The Last Man) scored the Apple TV+ series, which features several English folk tunes. Here’s every song in The Essex Serpent, an adaptation of Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel.

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The Essex Serpent Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “The Blackwater”

  • “Abide with Me, Fast Falls the Eventide” by Henry Francis Lyte (00:44): The Essex Serpent soundtrack song plays during a church service. Will tells his parishioners not to be scared. Cora cries as people sing. Jonah arrives and says that Gracie’s body has been found.

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The Essex Serpent Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “Matters of the Heart”

  • “Down in Yon Forest” by Dixie Egerickx (00:11): Jo (Dixie Egerickx) decides to sing for Naomi (Lily-Rose Aslandogdu). A crowd watches her perform the English folk tune. The Essex Serpent soundtrack song continues as Will tears up.

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The Essex Serpent Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Falling”

  • “TBA” by TBA (00:23): Naomi visits a pub. She orders a beer and speaks with Samuel. Music plays from within the establishment.

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The Essex Serpent Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “Everything Is Blue”

  • No Featured Songs; Composers Dustin O’Halloran and  Herdis Stefansdottir Score Various Scenes

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The Essex Serpent Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5 “I Break Things”

  • No Featured Songs Beyond Dustin O’Halloran and  Herdis Stefansdottir’s Score

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The Essex Serpent Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 6 “Surfacing”

  • No Featured Songs Beyond Dustin O’Halloran and  Herdis Stefansdottir’s Score




Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.