One essential component of films and TV series that many of us hardly notice is the musical score or movie theme. If you only knew how much effort and attention musical directors and scorers put into creating just the right music for each scene, you’d certainly appreciate them more.
In classic movies, you’d probably hear or find trumpets playing on the background, but over the years movie themes have evolved. Directors effectively use background music to set the mood and tone of a scene, as well as the entire movie. Imagine watching a movie without any background music, only natural noise and the characters’ dialogue. I guess, you’d find that movie very, very boring!
In this post, I share two of the best musical scores in Hollywood that I’ve grown to love.
Star Wars Theme
On top of my list is John Williams’ musical score for the Star Wars saga. I guess everyone grew up loving the upbeat, aggressive, and militaristic melody. As the Star Wars banner emerges, the musical score crescendos as if heralding the coming of a rampaging army. The melody assumes a strident and loud tone, with trumpets and trombones clearly setting the sound. The heavy accompaniment that backs up the trumpet’s melody suggests an epic story to be told. How the orchestra turns the spotlight to the trumpet and brass is impressive.
Let me also mention another musical score that appears in all six installments and is undeniably one of the most beloved of John Williams – the “Force Theme” or also called “May the Force Be With You.”
Do you still remember the first scene of Episode IV: A New Hope? I bet you do. In this scene, Luke Skywakler is seen contemplating at his future while gazing on two suns as they are setting on the horizon. Playing on the background is a melancholic trumpet that is accompanied by different wind and stringed instruments, and ultimately crescendos to the climax.
The orchestration is superb and sets a vulnerable or contemplative tone. How the trumpet builds the emotions is remarkable. I even thought of buying a trumpet after listening to this music for countless times. I remember searching online for different trumpets. In my search, I came across http://www.trumpethub.com/ which has a decent number of trumpet reviews.
Another iconic film score that I love (and I know you love too) is the original Superman theme. I know you remember it too well, and I bet right now, it’s already playing in your head. Who would forget something we grew up to love?
Coming from John Williams (yes…again), this musical score – first to hit the silver screen in 1970 – has left an indelible mark on every filmgoer. The theme plays along with the main titles and suitably introduces the Man of Steel himself. It consists of three main tempos – a fanfare, a march, and a love theme – a complete summary of the movie plot.
The musical features are carefully coordinated and converge to provide a perfect musical representation of the character and the movie itself. Superman Theme’s first big cadence seems to embody a hero with striking superpowers. It creates a tone of excitement as you wait for the hero that will save the earth.
And much like the Star Wars Theme, the trumpet leads the orchestra to create this epic Superman sound. If I only knew how to play a trumpet, I’d definitely be creating musical scores for my own movies. But for now, I guess I would have to settle reading more about trumpets and we’ll see where it’ll take me.
So, there you go: my top two musical scores ever! What’s yours? Have any musical score in mind?