James here with Movie Music Monday!
Three rousing pieces today as a counterpoint to last week’s subdued direction.
‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is one of my favorite films of all time. John Williams, the modern-day maestro, composed a landmark score for this beauty. This piece, which follows Indiana Jones through the Egyptian desert as he fights Nazis to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from a truck, hits every visual beat perfectly, and I can envision almost every moment of the iconic scene in my head as it plays. Check out that climatic brass explosion!
Yes, even more John Williams, from ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’, which I have yet to review. This end credits piece is, well, rousing. And tear-jerking. Pretty much perfect.
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard may not have the iconic, classy reputation of John Williams, but their score for ‘The Dark Knight’ has some great moments. In particular this track, accompanying Batman’s willful, messianic transformation from hero to scapegoat. A beautiful, cathartic piece filled with energy, angst, and hope.