Atlantic Screen Music/Filmtrax will release the official soundtrack album for the British drama Living. The album features the film’s original music composed by Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (Censor, The Forgotten Battle). Also included is the song The Rowan Tree performed by Lisa Knapp. The soundtrack will be released digitally on November 4 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. A first track from Levienaise-Farrouch’s score (When the Time Comes) is already available to stream/download now and can be checked out after the jump. Living is directed by Oliver Hermanus and stars Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp and Tom Burke. The movie written by Kazuo Ishiguro based on Akira Kurosawa’s feature Ikiru is set in 1950s London and tells the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes an effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful. The drama premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will open in UK theaters on November 4. Sony Pictures Classics has picked up domestic distribution rights for a theatrical release in the U.S. on December 23.

Here’s the album track list:

1. County Hall (1:41)
2. Memories (2:14)
3. Tent (2:23)
4. Williams and Margaret (1:35)
5. You Have to Speak to Him (2:03)
6. When the Time Comes (5:24)
7. Changed (7:53)
8. Peter in the Eastend (2:04)
9. The Rowan Tree – Lisa Knapp (2:49)

  1. Thanks for your informative post- do you know what the classical music piece was at the end of the film?

    • Ian James says:

      I believe it’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams

      • Tony Pugh says:

        Thanks for identifying that music – it’s a wonderful piece. It sounds very familiar – do you know if it has been used for any other films? It reminds me of some historical drama like Spartacus or similar…

        • Edie Fox says:

          I’m not sure about Fflint’s but I’m most familiar with it from ITV’s A Winter Too Many (Hannah Hauxwell).

        • Sue says:

          It was also used in “Benediction” – the film about Siegfried Sassoon.

        • Valentin says:

          This theme was also used in an old spanish movie called “Remando al viento” (Rowing in the wind). The mail actor was Hugh Grant.

        • Richard says:

          That piece by Vaughan Williams was recently used very effectively at the end of Benediction, a 2021 film, by Terence Davies. Another great movie.

        • Adriana says:

          I ‘d like to know the title of the trumpet music in the film. I didnt find in the track list! Thank you. Wonderful music!!!!

        • Mark says:

          It was used in the film ‘Master and Commander’ with Russel Crowe.

        • Neil says:

          Best use of it I’ve ever seen is in Master and Commander

          • Hayley says:

            Of course! Thank you for nailing that one. I knew I’d heard it somewhere. It was also used in a film about Lord Byron starring Hugh Grant. Was it also employed briefly in ‘The Elephant Man’ ?

        • Pat says:

          I think it was used in The Robe.

      • Jane says:

        Thanks everyone. I watched the film this pm waiting thru the credits to confirm the music. I saw no acknowledgement of Vaughn Williams. I too thought it Fantasia on a theme of TT.

      • Martha says:

        Yes! That’s it! I knew it was Vaughn Williams but couldn’t remember which of his tunes that was. Thanks!

    • Pat says:

      It’s Vaughn Williams, all right, but Not the Tallis (aka Greensleeves). It’s The Lark Ascending. Amazing and powerful piece…

      • sue powell says:

        Pat – The Lark Ascending is played by a solo violin against an orchestral accompaniment. Very lovely, but not what we heard with Bill Nighy on a swing.

      • Patricia Hanen says:

        It’s Thomas Tallis’s Third Tune. The Christian hymn version sung to that tune is,” I heard the voice of Jesus say,/’Come unto me and rest.'” That too seems appropriate for the passing of Mr. Williams.

    • Steve says:

      That’s what I was wanting to know. I htink it is from “VAriations on a theme of Thomas Tallis” by R. Vaughan Williams, but hoping for someone to confirm this.

  2. Howard says:

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams

    • Hugh Barne says:

      Rowan Tree arranged by Jim Barne for the end credits. He also had a lovely time helping to teach Bill Nighy to sing it (alongside Tim Jackson).

  3. Jo says:

    Can anyone tell me what the two pieces of music were (for strings) that sounded very 1950s? So beautiful! They are sadly not on the soundtrack album. Thanks!

    • R M says:

      Dvorak’s Serenade for strings in E major

    • Darline Woloshyn says:

      I know there were at least 2 pieces by the Jackie Gleason Orchestra – one was Alone Together. The other one I believe featured Harry James on the trumpet.

      • RS says:

        Yes it was Yesterdays of jackie Gleason’s 1954 album Music Martinis and Memories. Harry James beautiful trumpet…

        • RS says:

          Actually it was Bobby Hackett on trumpet, not Harry James!

  4. Maxime says:

    Anyone knows what is the piano piece that is played in the train scene at the begining of the movie?

    • Jan-Willem says:

      I believe it’s Impromptu No. 5 Op. 5 by Jean Sibelius.

      • Iayana Rael says:

        Thank you very much. And WHO IS THE PIANIST? ANYBODY KNOW???
        This is crucial!! Thanks all.

  5. Gail says:

    Can any of you knowledgeable people help me with the title of the classical piece played at the end of the film, when Mr Williams was on the swing in the playground? I’ve spent an age online trying to find a full listing, without success. Very many thanks.

    • Howard Gibbs says:

      Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams

    • Carol says:

      That last piece played at the very end of the film is Thomas Tallis “St Thomas Returns to Canterbury”. I know this because my small orchestra plays it but I have not ever been able to find it on You Tube nor ever any mention of it when I have done searches for it. It is not listed as such on this soundtrack either.

    • Carol says:

      That piece at the end when he is on the swing is Thomas Tallis’ “St Thomas Returns to Canterbury” I am in a small orchestra which has played it.
      It doesn’t appear on the film’s soundtrack and I have never found it in any search that I have done.

  6. Gregg says:

    Hello, could someone perhaps enlightenment me as to the name of the song being sung in the background at the club, please?
    ) It’s not the Rowan Tree – more of a 30’s/40’s track).
    Thanks, in advance

    • M Carney says:

      The piece being played in the tent accompanying the burlesque dancer is a seemingly uncredited jazz rendition of an old Russian (Lithuanian) folk composition called ‘Hommage-Valse, Opus 21’ by Floriann Hermann based on an earlier Russian poem called ‘Dark Eyes’. There are perhaps hundreds of renditions of this piece in various styles through the years under the various titles ‘Les Yeux Noite’, ‘Dark Eyes’, ‘Black Eyes’, etc. It’s such an obscure yet familiar composition I’m surprised they didn’t include it on the soundtrack or credit it. But there you go.

  7. Brendan says:

    Can anyone tell me the 50s strings piece with the trumpet melody please?

    • Jan-Willem says:

      I believe it’s Yesterdays by Jackie Gleason.

    • Dennis Creaghan says:

      The song is indeed “Yesterdays” on Jackie Gleason’s album: “Music Martinis and Memories” with a cornet solo by Bobby Hackett.

      • Darline Woloshyn says:

        Of course, I was wrong. The trumpet solo was Bobbie Hackett

  8. Connor Selby says:

    I believe its the jazz song “alone together”

  9. What was the music right at the beginning when they are going down steps? Loved it. And loved the film but the music is a big part of that

  10. Sarah says:

    Hi ,
    what the piece of music played over the 1950’s opening footage of London ?

    • Robert says:

      I thought it was Borodin Polvotsian dances, but RM (see above) has it right: Dvorak’s Serenade for strings in E major

  11. Steve Crocker says:

    Is there a list anywhere of the various jazz standards used in the film? There were a lot – I spotted “Alone Together” which was poignant given the story…

    • Kathleen Cunningham says:

      I would like to know that, as well. It was lovely, & very unusual in that it was very slowed down.

  12. Chiara says:

    Hi, does anyone know what is the waltz in the trailer, just after the dialogue between the doctor and mr Williams? When a train appears

  13. KT says:

    There was a lyric in one song … ‘Mellow Yellow’ … does anyone know which song/composer/lyricist/singer?


  14. KS says:

    Sibelius, but I am not sure which — is the last song, I believe. Listed in the credits.

  15. Helen Hoffman says:

    An absolute artistic (all senses) poignant film I will long remember – w/gratitude…

    • Helen Hoffman says:

      Full listing &!credits to composers & performers needs to be put out there, please!

  16. Kathleen Cunningham says:

    I was very disappointed that the wonderful song “Alone Together” was not included in the soundtrack, in fact, much of of lovely music from the film is not included.
    Does anyone know which musicians played that very slow version?

    • Darline Woloshyn says:

      Alone Together is featured on the Jackie Gleason Orchestra album “Music for Lovers Only”

  17. Elgee says:

    The soundtrack has apparently omitted the very prominently included apropos placement of
    orchestrated versions of American popular tunes (standards) of the era (“Fascination”, “Alone Together”) by the like of Jackie Gleason’s orchestra ( no doubt featuring Bobby Hackett’s cornet).

    • Carole says:

      Appalling omissions! Chet Baker version of ALONE TOGETHER superb, many others, instrumental & sung. Heartbreaking 💔

  18. Scot says:

    Anyone know when piano sheet music might be available for this film? In particular, When the Time Comes?

  19. Betsy H says:

    Does anyone know the song that was played while the young couple was on their date??? It was a montage and they were walking by the river and seeing a movie together.

  20. Diana Clark says:

    It’s an almost unbelievable confidence trick to publish a “soundtrack” that pointedly EXCLUDES most of the magnificently well chosen music that helped make this film so moving. The particularly appropriate choice of the Vaughan-Williams piece for this very British adaptation of a Japanese … and Russian … classic story is uncredited and unnamed. Not to diss the music composed for the film, but WHY omit the splendid pieces chosen by some wonderfully sensitive and knowledgeable person to complement, and perfectly, the character of Mr. Williams as so brilliantly played by Bill Nighy? I feel this betrays contempt for the audience, what a shame when this film is a masterpiece.

  21. Rebecca says:

    Why did the Vaughn Williams piece not get a credit in the film?

  22. Colin Gorton says:

    I think there is a lot of confusion about the classical string orchestral piece played when Mr Williams. (Bill Nighy) is sitting on the swing in the snow.
    Jean Sibelius’ Impromptu No5 is in the credits, but that is not the music played. The music played is definitely Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis.
    I knew the piece very well and couldn’t believe the credits when they rolled.
    I must say that the orchestration is similar, but it is definitely TT

    • Carol says:

      That last piece played at the very end of the film is Thomas Tallis “St Thomas Returns to Canterbury”. I know this because my small orchestra plays it but I have not ever been able to find it on You Tube nor ever any mention of it when I have done searches for it. It is not listed as such on this soundtrack either.