Favourite Movie Scores

 

As the title says, this is a list of my favourite movie scores. But it’s a bit more specific than that. These are pieces I have on a playlist called ‘Soundtracks’ which I listen to usually when I’m reading as they feature no lyrics and it’s very easy to have it on in the background. But they also get me in a really mellow mood, which I love!

So hopefully some of these will be new to you and I’ll have introduced you to some brilliant pieces of music! 🙂

(These are in no particular order)

 

 

 

‘Lily’s Theme’ – Alexandre Desplat

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

This piece almost feels like a lullaby as if it’s Lily’s theme for Harry. The fact that she’s dead just reinforces the melancholy nature of this piece even more. The chord progression is a little bit reminiscent of the piece of music played after Pippin sings his song in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King after Faramir and his soldiers all get shot down. 

 

 

 

‘Pan’s Labyrinth Lullaby (Nana del laberinto del fauno)’ – Javier Navarrete

Pan’s Labyrinth

I have two pieces from this film in my ‘Soundtracks’ playlist, both the same melody but slightly different. Everything about this film is fantastic and the music is just another thing to rave about. I don’t know why this melody is so evocative but it’s just so brilliant, all the emotions it conjures as you listen to it.

 

 

 

‘Any Other Name’ – Thomas Newman

American Beauty

This might sound strange but this is the only piece of music that actually scares me. The constant rumbling as if something is going to happen and that melody on the piano is so haunting, as if something has already happened but you’re not sure if it’s bad or REALLY bad.

 

 

 

‘Sibylla’ – Harry Gregson-Williams

Kingdom Of Heaven

I love this movie, I have a small fascination with Medieval times and particularly the Crusades. I’ve always played the sim game ‘Stronghold’ and the Crusader version is just brilliant and I was so happy when this film came out. The soundtrack encompasses both the west and the east in music. I prefer the eastern sounds as they’re technically more challenging from a musician’s point of view.

 

 

 

‘When Ginny Kissed Harry’ – Nicholas Hooper

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I grew up with the Harry Potter books and then the films too so I (like many others) have a strong bond with that universe so when you hear a piece of music as beautiful as this you feel the emotions of the characters that you’ve read in the books and then shown from the movies within you. I always think this piece could have easily been played by John Williams (The classical guitar player not the composer).

 

 

 

‘Mercedes Lullaby (Nana de Mercedes)’ – Javier Navarrete

Pan’s Labyrinth

As I said above there would be another version of this song and the reason for that is I will listen to any piece of music with a female voice ‘humming’ over it. Also, the end of the piece feels like something has or will actually happen, that it’s not just a children’s fantasy film. Something dark is happening.

 

 

 

’60B (Etown Theme)’ – Nancy Wilson

Elizabethtown

I’ve had this song on many playlists after I saw this movie. There’s something liberating and uplifting about it. Not everything needs to be melancholy or heavy. Sometimes it’s nice just to hear a short piece of music that makes you feel you can do anything! 🙂

 

 

 

‘Across The Stars’ – John Williams

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

And onto the big man himself! I’m a huge Star Wars fan but not all the music is easy listening when reading. But this piece of music just encapsulates everything this particular film is about. IF you’ve seen this movie enough times to not need to sit through 2 and a half hours then all you need to do is listen to this piece and it covers everything the film touches on: love, war, hate, loss, hope.

 

 

 

‘Rey’s Theme’ – John Williams

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Whilst we’re on the subject of Star Wars…

This piece I was late to. I’d seen the movie 2 or 3 times but didn’t notice this piece until much later and I’m so glad I found it. There’s something about it that’s not like Star Wars at all and I think that’s exactly what that film needed to stand out from the other 2 trilogies. The bells at the beginning remind me of a piece of music used in the Extras Christmas Special at the beginning. Both have a similar melody and I think similar instruments also. Love this piece.

 

 

 

‘The Best Summer Of My Life’ – Graham Reynolds

Before Midnight

This piece is similar to ’60B Etown Theme’ with the guitar leading the piece but also the upbeat feel of it. It makes me think of hot, sunny afternoons and warm evenings sitting in a bar near the sea (or you could just look at the thumbnail in the video…). But it really is that feeling so it’s not surprising that’s what the picture shows.

 

 

 

‘In Noctem’ – Nicholas Hooper

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I love listening to this piece in a dark setting lying down or with my eyes closed anywhere I go. It’s so hypnotic yet so sad as well. It starts as something pleasant and happy, but by the end you feel the battle is lost. An omen for what was to come for the characters within the movie I feel.

 

 

 

‘Farewell Aragog’ – Nicholas Hooper

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I like how this piece has a Celtic/Irish vibe to it with the strings. It’s sad but it feels like the music is saying,’ yep, we all die but, that’s how it goes. let;s not be sad but celebrate the life of the dead’.

 

 

 

‘The Artifact & Living’ – Michael Andrews

Donnie Darko

This is one of my favourite films and the soundtrack is so dark and sinister it’s brilliant! Listen to this on a winter’s morning just before the sun comes up and you’ll really get to feeling like Donnie! 😉

 

 

 

‘Farewell To Dobby’ – Alexandre Desplat

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Ah poor Dobby.. You can really feel the waves bashing against the beach when listening to this piece. There’s something so defeatist about this piece that by the end, those low beats you can hear just feel like your heartbeat which is all you’re left hearing when the despair really hits you. A brilliant piece and so easy to listen to!

 

 

 

‘Crusaders’ – Harry Gregson-Williams

Kingdom Of Heaven

Another brilliant example of well written music that you can just listen to and see the film being played out in your mind. 

 

 

 

‘Lothlorien’ – Howard Shore

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Howard Shore is probably one of the most underrated composers. The lord of the Rings trilogy is such a brilliant work of art musically. This piece just takes the fantasy even further when it gets to the lady singing halfway through. It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before, it’s so other-worldly it’s brilliant!

 

 

 

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