Music of Game of Thrones
Musical Score By: Ramin Djawadi
Performed By: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Before I was introduced to the Game of Thrones book series by George R.R. Martin, people had raved to me about the HBO television adaptation. I didn’t watch any of the episodes until reading the first novel in the series, which made me interested in checking out how this could be adapted for television. Upon watching the first season, I was struck by the drama of the series, but also by the music – particularly that of the main theme. When I learned that Silva Screen Records would be releasing an album featuring some of the music of Game of Thrones, I couldn’t resist checking it out.
Game of Thrones is a fantasy series set in the times of knights, magic and monsters. The main story arc follows the conflict for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms with several noble families fighting over their claim for the throne. The second story arc follows an exiled descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty and her rise to power. A third follows the impending danger of “winter” and the terrors it brings from the North.
The musical score of Game of Thrones was created by German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi. His introduction into film scoring came in the form of recruitment by Hans Zimmer into Remote Control Productions. By 2004, Djawadi had begun composing his own musical scores, beginning with Blade: Trinity. Since then he has worked on such notable projects as FlashForward, Prison Break, Breakout Kings, Mr. Brooks, Deception, Iron Man, Open Season, Clash of the Titans, Medal of Honor, Person of Interest, The Strain, Warcraft, Westworld, The Great Wall and more.
The original season of Game of Thrones featured music composed for a small string ensemble with synthetic pads and percussion added in. As the series popularity grew, so did the music budget, leading to bigger, richer sound. Music of Game of Thrones features 21 tracks of musical score re-imagined for an 80-piece symphony orchestra and choir. The music is performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Of course, with six seasons and sixty episodes of music to choose from, one will notice that there are some sounds of the show that are missing. That being said, however, I can promise you that some of the most striking moments of scoring for the show are definitely present. I still loved the Main Title and noted how that title wove its way through other moments in the album, such as Winterfell, Mhysa and more. Moments featuring Daenerys Targaryen and her army feature and exotic sound and heavy percussion. Choir vocals enhance the drama of tracks like Dracarys, The Children and more. And always, there is a sad sort of beauty to the score. Anyone who watches this series would understand why.
As a fan of the television series, I can honestly say that The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra did an excellent job with its symphonic rendition of the Music of Game of Thrones. Any fan of the television series would certainly want to get their hands on this album to relive some of the most memorable moments of the series through the music that accompanied them. Definitely one album worth checking out!