Jenny Ortega as Wednesday plays cello

We love it when a leading character plays an instrument. In this case, the lovely Wednesday Adams, as played by Jenny Ortega, is a prolific cello player.

Directed by North London's own Tim Burton, with music composed and arranged by Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon, the soundtrack is lush and dramatic, with tones familiar to any Elfman score. 

The character of Wednesday Adams is seen playing a few cello pieces in the series. A rendition of Vivaldi's Winter is played against a backdrop of flames, but the best introduction to Wednesday and her black cello is the sweeping rendition of the Rolling Stone's song Paint It Black played on the roof of the Nevermore Academy. 

While the actress Jenny Ortega took cello lessons twice a week for two months before filming, she would not have been able to play with such dramatic flair as her character does in the series. I have not been able to identify the artist who played the cello but it was done with aplomb.

The entire Elfman/Bacon soundtrack for the series is a wonderful listen. Here are the songs included in the entire series.


  • Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien – Edith Piaf
  • In My Dreams – Roy Orbison
  • Can’t Stop – Rhythmking
  • La Llorona – Chavela Vargas
  • Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones (Cello Cover) 


  • Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin (Acapella Cover)


  • Space Song – Beach House
  • Winter – Antonio Vivaldi
  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica


  • Tierra Rica – Carmita Jimenez
  • It’s A Shame – RAC feat. Pink Feathers
  • The Beginning – Magdalena Bay
  • Goo Goo Muck – The Cramps
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • La Mamma Morta – Umberto Giordano


  • Sciuri Sciuri – Blonde Redhead


  • If I Be Wrong – Wolf Larsen


  • Perfect Day – Hoku

Listen to the entire score on Spotify