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The epic music accompanying the most recent series…
It may be my imagination, but it always seems as if Ramin Dajawdi’s scores for Game of Thrones seem to grow bigger with each passing season – I won’t be at all surprised by the end of the show if he’s using double orchestra numbers, folk groups, three choirs and a kazoo. But perhaps that’s more the effect he produces rather than actual increase in numbers of players involved.
As with all of his scores, he puts his orchestra to good use. The Biggest Fire The North Has Ever Seen, track nine on this, may be less than two minutes long but packs real tension into each of its 116 seconds. But because there’s some large scale music here, that doesn’t mean that this score album doesn’t contain its fair share of mood-setting gentler themes. (There’s also a chance for those who haven’t bought the single to get Sigur Rós’s The Rains of Castamere.)
Dajawdi’s music has become an essential element of the Game of Thrones experience – to the extent that some have admitted to hearing his themes playing in their head as they return to reading George R.R. Martin’s original sequence of novels. This fourth selection confirms his place as a composer of epic fantasy.
Verdict: As varied and powerful as the series it accompanies, this is another strong selection of music from the series’ score. 8/10