Coliseum: Games of Rome

Musical Score By: Marc Timón Barceló

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Coliseum: Games of Rome is a live action event that recreates the deadly games of Ancient Rome.  The event follows Marcus Octavius Atellus, a Roman general sentenced to fight as a gladiator in the Coliseum to regain his freedom.  The event features over one hundred actors, exotic dancers, horses, fire stunts and chariot races.

            The musical score of Coliseum: Games of Rome was created by Spanish musician, composer and conductor Marc Timón Barceló.  An early passion for art, literature and cinema led to degrees in journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and music composition from the prestigious ESMUC.  Barceló is capable of performing the piano, keyboards and the tible, an ethnic woodwind instrument.  Scoring credits include Witches, El arbol sin sombra and the animated children’s movie The Little Wizard.

            The music found on the on the on the Coliseum: Games of Rome Soundtrack is reminiscent of that of older films about Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt made in the 1950s and 60s like The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur and Cleopatra.  Horn fanfares are used to represent the Romans.  Small finger cymbals and exotic woodwinds are used to represent the Egyptians.  Percussion instruments like the bongos offer up a tribal feel, perhaps for various gladiators who do not hale from Ancient Rome.  Cleopatra is represented with a light and beautiful orchestral sound.  Male vocals heighten tracks containing battle while female vocals present a rather haunting feeling.

            The Coliseum: Games of Rome Soundtrack presents an interesting listen harking back to older movies set in the same time period.  It's fairly easy to glean what is going on in the show from the musical score, but I'm not certain that someone who has never seen Coliseum would deign to buy the soundtrack.  This is one of those scores best suited as musical accompaniment to enhance the visuals of the story, not as a stand alone album.


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