Heartbreakingly, Breathtakingly, Hauntingly Beautiful

One thing I really enjoy about modern films are the soundtracks. I love to listen to instrumental music when I'm studying, daydreaming or falling asleep; but classical can get a bit intense! Soundtracks run the gamut and there is music to fit every mood, emotion, and style. My favorite pieces are magical-sounding, enchanting and have a twinge of bittersweet; they give me cold chills! Something to break the heart and lift the spirits, simultaneously. Thank God for the gift of music--it feeds the soul!

Film: Peter Pan (2003)
Track Name: Fairy Dance
Composer: James Newton Howard
Favorite Part: 2:33-2:39

Film: Black Beauty (1994)
Track Name: Memories
Danny Elfman
Favorite Part: 0:56-1:05

Film: the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Track Name: Journey to the How
Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams
Favorite Part:  0:00--1:48

Film: the Village (2004)
Track Name: the Gravel Road
Composer: James Newton Howard
Favorite Part: 0:00-2:10

Film:Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Track Name: Tuck Everlasting Theme
Composer: William Ross
Favorite Part: 0:00-0:34

Film: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Track Name: Prologue
Composer: Alan Menken
Favorite Part: the whole thing! It's a pity I couldn't find a version without narration, but it's spectacular either way!

Film: the Polar Express (2004)
Track Name: Seeing is Believing
Composer: Alan Silvestri
Favorite Part: 0:00--1:38, especially 1:05-1:20

Film: the Blue Lagoon (1980)
Track Name: Love Theme
Composer: Basil Paledouris
Favorite Part: 1:39-1:55 and 2:19-2:29


  1. The score to "Black Beauty" truly moves me.

  2. Those are all great! I think you would really like Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium soundtrack too. It's also a great movie!

  3. I agree with you. Music written especially for the movies is fascinating.

  4. You've listed some lovely pieces here. I'm especially fond of all the music from that version of BLACK BEAUTY. Have you considered a writing a similar post on classic film scores? One I would include on any list of haunting film scoreS would be THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR.