The Beauty and Power of Music in Film

by isamiro

I have always been interested in how music is manipulated in films, through the use of soundtracks, sound effects, film scores, or even the absolute absence of sound. As spectators, we often least notice the music in films we hear the most. I find it astonishing how music is used throughout different film genres no only in framing and developing the personality of a particular personality but also in developing the personality of an entire blockbuster films. Admirable film scores, such as those of composer John Williams, are a timeless embodiment of popular films.

I consider John William’s scores to be impressive not only in the quality of sound and composition, but also in the power of the scores in exerting both a textual and a commercial influence. Williams’ immense success only adds to his portrayal as a composer in Hollywood, success that is reflected in the number of box office sales and profits. Not only has Williams composed some of my all-time favorite film scores. Williams represents a rather important change in the film industry by how he brings back the classical film score to a position of promininence. He not only adopts classical techniques, but also adopts them to the modern recording studio.

It is important to point out that John Williams is in control of the creative development of his work. As a composer, he is fully responsible for providing and enhancing the power of music in any of the many films his scores accompany. In this sense, Williams has become such a successful composer of musical scores both because of the quality of his film scores and the success attained by the various films he has scored over the years.

Williams is most recognized for the films of an adventurous, disaster, science fiction quality that he scored. Just as we have seen of many composers throughout the years, his adoption of a particular type of film to score has managed to shape his compositions. His work has had to adhere to the specific narrative and to the conventions of the film genre the film entails. Even though he has managed to attain a widely respectable status in Hollywood, he is still forced to constrain his creativity to the specific requirements demanded by the film genre and to adhere to certain expectations required by production. Nonetheless, his musical compositions are still rich and true to his style. Restrictions shape his work without taking away from the magic of his compositions.

These are some of my favorite scores by Williams and probably some of his most famous compositions. I have chosen to include mostly the theme song that allow for an easy recognition of the particular film. Enjoy!

Schindler’s List

Jaws Theme

Indiana Jones Theme

Star Wars, “Imperial March”