Getting Classical

Many modern day music lovers, particularly the younger generation, are known to turn their noses up somewhat at music dubbed to be classical. Classical music conjures up images of Mozart, Bach or Beethoven and, for a number of us, endless hours after school squeaking on a recorder or violin as our teacher desperately tried to create magic through a group of ten-year-olds. Therefore classical music never stood a chance against the coolness of rock groups or the beauty of girl groups. However, there is an easier way into this more classical world and that is through movie soundtracks.

The Soundtrack to Our Emotions

Everyone loves a good movie; the drama and emotion move us. What many viewers fail to realize is that it is through the music that our feelings are heightened, and, guess what? The music is, for the most part, classical. Movie soundtracks are full of full-piece orchestras creating harmonies and melodies that lead the viewer into a specific frame of mind. Take John Williams’ iconic score in Jaws. There is almost not a soul on earth that doesn’t get chills hearing that distinctive da, dum, da, dum sound. Think how much poorer the movie would be without it.

Enhancing the Theme

Epic scores such as Hans Zimmer on Gladiator, Howard Shore for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Jerome Moross’ The Big Country, all serve to enhance the movies and propel them forward. Each, however, also adheres to the theme of the film. Zimmer’s theme features a more traditionally classic sound to reflect ancient Rome. Shore could be more fantastical and use stranger instruments, and Moross sticks firmly to tried and tested western themes. Other soundtracks may be less majestic in scope but nevertheless are still just as important to creating emotions within a film.

More and more, listeners are branching out and listening to these movie tracks in their own right, proving that classical music is making a comeback. It is really only a small transition from the Lord of the Rings theme over to Mozart.