James Levine Q&A: ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ composer
The third installment of Ryan Murphy’s "American Horror Story" was a charm for James Levine as he reaped his first Emmy nomination for composing the music score to FX’s "Coven."
Levine submitted the miniseries supremely competitive finale "The Seven Wonders" to Emmy judges, which opens with Stevie Nicks performing her original song of the same title. Levine admitted that having his music follow such a legend made him a bit nervous: "You feel there’s a responsibility. You want to make sure that you can stand by it 100% and just know that you've literally been as truthful and honest with your music as she has with hers."
Luckily, he doesn't have to worry about Steve Nicks competing alongside him in the race for Best Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score), but he does face other stiff competition: Ludovic Bource ("Clear History"), Jeff Russo ("Fargo"), Rob Mathes ("Herblock: The Black & The White"), David Arnold and Michael Price ("Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)") and John Lunn ("The White Queen").
Levine and Murphy have collaborated on several different projects together including "Nip/Tuck," "Glee" and each of the "American Horror Story" incarnations. Levine is now intensely busy working on the next installment, "Freakshow," which is in production. Murphy just finished shooting the first episode. Levine says: "I’ve been reading the scripts and started researching circuses."