Once again I am indulging my musical side, sharing a composition I find deeply moving. It comes from Hans Zimmer who I consider one of the best film score composers in the business. This particular piece, Chevaliers de Sangreal, is found during the climax of The Da Vinci Code when Landon at last discovers the solution and follows the Rose Line across Paris to the La Pyramid Inversee in front of the Louvre. I’ve chosen a non-video Youtube link so you can focus on the music without distraction.
Listen for how Zimmer increases the intensity and passion through his use of volume, ascending keys, and instrumentation.
A film composer’s role is to tell a story through music, to amplify and enrich, without taking attention away from what’s happening on the screen. It takes a delicate touch and a great deal of artistry to find the balance between enriching and overbearing.
A film score can be compared to everything in a book that’s not the story itself. The subplots, backstory, secondary characters, scene descriptions and any element that adds richness and depth, but does not tell the story. These elements must be carefully balanced to enrich without being overbearing. They are the music behind the story.
To see the film clip click here.