Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.


Critics about the score


Each and every one of the 29 tracks is a lovingly crafted work of art.

Sci-Fi Online

Fans of the composer will recognise his musical voice straightaway. Lush strings, whimsical piano lines, playful arpeggios… it’s all here. (…) A mesmerizing work.


A musical soundscape unlike anything I have ever heard.

The Passionata Project

A new milestone achievement for the Polish composer. (…) The score is easily a top contender for best original score for Television – 9/10.

Film Music Review

An excellent score by one of film music’s rising stars. The clarity and precision of the writing, the perfectly judged Gothic atmosphere, and the interesting instrumental choices are all first class, and the whole thing contains the familiar sense of elegance and classicism that Korzeniowski has brought to every project in his career thus far.

Movie Music UK by Jonathan Broxton

This score is a horror masterpiece, it really is. The score is so vibrant, so beautiful and crushing. (…)
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 72.8
Album Excellence: 100%
Buy or stream? Buy

Soundtrack Geek

a triumph of film/television scoring

Movie Music International

beautiful and addictive

A Small Measure of Peace

a brilliant accompaniment to the television series and a stunning piece of work in its own right

Films On Wax

The vibrant sounds of this album are sure to please any fans of classical or soundtrack music, as well as anyone seeking to be unsettled with beauty, after all “to be beautiful is to be almost dead.”

Agents Of Geek

universally great (…) hats off

delightfully haunting score (…) Nothing short of pitch perfect.

Reel Drama Queen

pulse-poundingly intense, but hauntingly tender

Pop Eye

dripping in atmosphere and personality, with lush strings and dissonant noises that manage to chill

The Young Folks

Special acknowledgement should also go to Abel Korzeniowski, who provides an exceptionally fitting and wondrous score for the series.



Showbuzz Daily

Owen McPolin’s cinematography, Abel Korzeniowski’ score, and everything else from the set direction to the casting, are top shelf here.


And my goodness how the music soars on this show, whether seductive or melancholy, it truly enriches the experience.

Spoiler TV

The music is gorgeous by the way, not relying on spidery harpsichords but beautiful swells of orchestration that build emotion and feed into the dialogue.

Spoiler TV

With a good soundtrack by noted composer Abel Korzeniowski (…) and gorgeous cinematography, PENNY DREADFUL is another example of how a lot of TV nowadays is slicker than a lot of films.

Horror Movie News

Great sets and dialogue, plus the haunting musical score.

TV After Dark

The music is chilling and brings out every emotion between characters both simple and complex.

Rose Rundown

May 2014


50 Responses to Penny Dreadful

  1. I literally replay the opening credits of Penny Dreadful repeatedly because the theme is so gorgeous. I usually skip over credits. I like to pretend it’s the soundtrack to my life.

  2. Will there be more Penny Dreadful soundtracks? There is only one available at the moment but there is lots more music from seasons 2 and 3! Please more soundtracks! Your music is magnificent!

  3. Such a talented composer, that I feel is not getting the jobs he deserves. Also, whomever is in charge of the website, a “0” for you sir. Horribly updated, with very old information and not giving a $#&!t about the fans.

  4. You have a great talent but can’t you answer questions from your fans? I too would like to know when “Melting Waltz” will be available for purchase. Simple question. Can you not answer it?

  5. Sir, literally, can’t wait for Melting Waltz to be aired, it is just amazing,can we find it soon?

  6. Season 3 just started last week and episode 1’s soundtrack was refresh and beautiful. I’m looking forward to listening the soundtrack of the rest episodes. Even music gets better and better in this TV Show. Hope season 2’s soundtrack get released soon.

  7. If there are no plans for a release of the season 2 soundtrack, can’t you at least put out a few tracks including the waltz for Dorian and Lilly on your website for us to enjoy? Some of us are having to listen to it from the videos on youtube and it would be lovely to enjoy the beautiful music you’ve created.

  8. I absolutely love the melting waltz, I want that song to play at my wedding, when will the soundtrack be released?

  9. So what’s up with not telling the public about the release date of S02 music? Able, why do you hate your fans?? :)))))

  10. Ever since the end of Penny Dreadful S02 I’ve been dying to purchase its heart-wrenchingly beautiful score – now S03 will start in less than a month and still nothing about the S02 music! Will it be out in a few or am I stuck with this longing permanently? Please say something?

  11. I cannot wait for the Season 2 soundtrack to be released. It’s just marvelous. Why is it taking so long? Will there be a release at all?

  12. I just have two words for this Amazing and beautiful.

  13. I absolutely loved the score for Season 2, and felt it added tremendously to the program. I do hope a CD or digital release is coming in the future!

  14. Why is the “Penny Dreadful” Soundtrack no longer available via Spotify, Google Music, Apple Music and even Amazon?
    I think the Penny Dreadful OST is one of the best fantasy series soundtracks in a long time.

  15. Hello Mr. Korzeniowski

    Could you please let me know when your season 2 penny dreadful soundtrack comes out?

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on it. Your music and composition is extremely serene and hard-hitting. Looking forward to your continued brilliant work and congratulations on the Emmy noms.


  16. No plans yet.

  17. Has the orchestral (or a piano reduction) of the score been released?

  18. Marvellous stuff. Which Orchestra played the theme? Or was it session musicians?

  19. Where can I buy the soundtrack for the second season ? Is it out yet ?
    I’ve been dying to get my hands on it but can’t seem to find it anywhere :(

  20. such a beautiful artist and composer. So thankful for this beauty!

  21. I cannot get enough of this wonderful music. I know my soundtracks going back to Elmer Bernstein…and as a dancer (no so much now) but this music is tender, evocative, turbulent, and any other mood required of the scene. Saying what is well realized already, Abel Korzeniowski is a wonderful composer and I continue on each episode of Penny Dreadful to enjoy his music, focus in on it, and enjoy how well it accompanies each and every scene. Thank you.

  22. what a good soundtracks. Just listening reminds me of the story and characters. and Even only music makes me moved, frightened, and exciting.

  23. I would love the opportunity to learn and play the opening score on cello, so strong and evocative a piece this is. If you would ever consider releasing the score in sheet music, I would be very thankful, indeed.

    Kindest regards,

  24. This soundtrack is amazing and very atmospheric! Will the sheet music be released any time soon?

  25. The Walzer is my favorite (2×06)! The great composers are among us now.The Eastern European soul it makes music.

  26. Truly beautiful

  27. What is the the name of the music/song played on episode 2 during dorian grey and brona sex scene…?

  28. What is the the name of the music/song played on episode 2 during dorian grey and brona sex scene?

  29. A soundtrack!!! I am begging you, please put out a soundtrack!

  30. GREAT NEWS!!!!!!! AUG 17th

  31. Please release the soundtrack soon, it’s brilliant!!

  32. Just wanted to tell you how much I love the Penny Dreadful theme. I close my eyes in sheer bliss every time those violins hit.

  33. Love this soundtrack. Hope it is released soon! I could use some haunting music in my library.

  34. I´ve just finished first season and WOW, what a moving soundtrack… when is it going to be released?

  35. The soundtrack is so beautiful an moving. Adds to the scenes so perfectly. I hope a soundtrack will be released soon!

  36. Absolutely stunning soundtrack….. So beautiful and poignant, I have been moved to tears…. Penny Dreadful is a spectacular blend of visuals and soundtrack…. You feel these characters…. It is a very affecting experience….. Magical and Oscar worthy, despite being a small screen series.

  37. Wonderful soundtrack. I have quite enjoyed it and would love to purchase it! :)

  38. Hello any one knows what is the music playing background when mr grey and ives looking portraits?

  39. PLEASE release this soundtrack! It is breathtakingly beautiful.

  40. Brilliant score. From opening credits to melancholy and subtle foreshadowing, this is exquisite and powerful composition. Combined with its outstanding set design, solid casting, and Logan’s screenplay, this show is lush and gripping. Bravo. Bravo.

  41. I love it when Proteus gets to go outside for the first time and the music score in the background is simply fantastic

  42. This is what television was meant to become. I am breathless. Inspired. I inhale the imagery and exhale the enchanting sounds. More, more…


  44. The Penny Dreadful soundtrack is so beautiful. I can’t wait for it to be released

  45. Great soundtrack! Well done, sir.

  46. Melancholy…

  47. With the good and evil comes the bitter and the sweet. The beautiful and sad musical score is an imaginative journey through the light and the dark. Abel Korzeniowski has done a marvelous job in pairing these opposites wonderously throughout the storyline of “Penny Dreadful”. The knowledge that something wicked this way comes is only buffeted by the elegance and subtle introductions that his score provides in leaps and bounds! Truly marvelous and I hope to have a copy of this work soon!

  48. When will the score be released?

  49. The soundtrack to Penny Dreadful is wonderful and fitting to the show. I am also looking forward to the release of the show’s soundtrack.

  50. Penny Dreadful’s soundtrack is distinctive, unique and timeless. Congratulations for such unforgettable sound-scape. Looking forward for the release of the show’s album.