The Parting Glass

Who said video games couldn’t tell a heartwarming story? This is from the ending of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (so don’t watch the video if you don’t want to be spoiled!), and proves that even a video game about swashbuckling pirates can end with an incredibly poignant scene.

Les Miserables (2012)

When people ask me if Les Miserables is a musical, I tell them no. Instead, I call it an experience. It’s an experience to be loved, to be lived, and to be sung. And sing I did, as I walked out of the theaters after watching the new movie by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

Top-notch ensemble cast, legendary producer, innovative director, unparalleled music. What more could you ask for? It was every bit worth the wait and more. The favorite tunes were all there, and they even added some new bits and pieces here and there. Including, if I might spoil it, a brand new piece written just for the movie (Suddenly).

I’m no film critic, so I won’t do such a thing as to give a score or a rating. But the movie truly moved me. Although there were moments that I wish the singing was done better or differently, those moments paled in comparison to the grandeur of the experience as a whole.

Please, go see it this holiday season. Do yourself this favor: you won’t regret it.

The Seal Lullaby

Probably one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard in my life, and I do not say that lightly. And as with all of the pieces that move me, I hope to one day write a piece such as this.

Interestingly enough, the pieces is quite unlike any of Whitacre’s other choral compositions, perhaps due to the fact that it was intended for use in a film. But no matter the style, it’s stunningly beautiful nonetheless.

Alleluia

Although it may be disguised under a different title, this is essentially a choral arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s stunningly capturing piece for Wind Symphony called October. October is probably one of my favorite pieces I have ever played in band, still to this day.

I actually heard this arrangement as the background music to one of Eric Whitacre’s radio interviews, and I immediately thought to myself, “Wait, isn’t that October? For choir? No, this can’t be happening! It’ll ruin the piece that was meant for winds!” But it took me no more than the following ten seconds to take the thought back. It’s a great arrangement, just as beautiful as the original, just in a different way.