Little Women is a story that has lived on for years and one that is very special to many women. Jo March and her sisters are growing up during the Civil War, a time of change and great turmoil. As the girls were growing up, they were allowed to dream and be imaginative, but unfortunately that can't last forever. As they mature, they each start to face what many women through generations have dealt with: societal expectations. Meg and Amy are content to play the roles set out for them, but Jo aims to be a great American novelist in a time dominated by men. Everyone in Jo's world is changing, and she fights every part of society's expectations and wants things to remain as they are, but as Beth says, "Nothing lasts forever."
My design's aim was to look at the divide between the sister's "safe space" in their home and with family versus the outside world. I wanted to portray that divide with different tones of music. The safe spaces would be warm, piano based, and authentic. There are many moments in the home that were great for underscoring and adding more emotion to the scene. I wanted the outside world and its societal expectations to be mores uptight and cold by using full orchestral and band pieces. Places like the ball, the publishing office, and Aunt March's house all have a different and much bigger style of music leading in or during those scenes.