I’m inclined to say that Prometheus could have benefited from a strong score. Although I do believe there were segments in there without music that were perfectly great the way they were. This was the only memorable motif from the film, but it was a good one.
Eric Whitacre meets John Williams?
I thought today needed some Sinatra, so here’s one of his best. He’s probably one of my favorite musicians of all time.
This song also plays at the end of Space Cowboys (a Clint Eastwood film).
I spent a good chunk of my day listening to this entire video. Twice. Not a big fan of Howard Shore’s conducting, but his music… always leaves me speechless.
If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you must know this song. It’s played during the credits of The Return of the King, and it sure is fitting. Take a listen, even if you’ve never watched or read the Lord of the Rings, and imagine sailing off across the sea into lands unknown…
In a gripping tale of romance, treason, and action, V for Vendetta reveals a world that is strikingly reminiscent of our own. V for Vendetta warns society of the dangers in blindly giving up their liberty for protection from a governing body. The only thing as incredible as the plot and theme is the music.
The film weaves into its plot a few famous pieces: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (and Yakety Sax, if you so please). On top of that, Dario Marianelli has done some very clever major/minor theme changes I quite enjoyed while watching the film. A bit reminiscent of Beethoven, actually.
For example, during this speech, the subject of the speech is well mirrored by the music that accompanies it.
Taken directly from the soundtrack. Listen for more of the major/minor changes in the beginning.
I got the chance to hear this performed by the Boston Pops and conducted by John Williams himself during the music department trip a few years back. What an amazing march, I can’t help but come back to it every now and then.
We’re currently in the middle of our Civil War unit in our U.S. History class, and we began watching Glory. I’ve seen it once before in 7th grade, but only now did I notice the great soundtrack. I went home and found out that James Horner was the composer! What a glorious (pun intended) soundtrack.
Some may think Disney is only for small children. While I can understand why that would be reasonable for their movies, but their music is not only ageless, but also timeless. It reaches across cultures and can really carry meaningful messages for the young, the old, the rich, the poor…
We mentioned Pocahontas briefly in our U.S. History class, and I was immediately reminded of this song. It fits the above description quite well, I’d say.
Brings back childhood memories, doesn’t it? I could sing this for every single one of my friends and mean every word.