Score Highlights: Titanic

In which The Cool Kat shares some of his favorite pieces of score from various soundtracks.

Today’s pick is the love theme James Horner wrote for Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt-Bukater in “Titanic”. James Horner has been a favorite composer of mine for a long time now, and his score for “Titanic” was probably his magnum opus. He gave Cameron’s romantic, disaster epic an ethereal Celtic sound, with soft piano performances, haunting vocals, and lingering woodwinds. Horner wrote a number of themes and melodies for the film, but the gentle, swelling love theme is easily the most recognizable, because whether you love it or hate it you will get it stuck in your head for days after watching the movie. The bittersweet repeating melody would eventually become the powerful end credits number and Oscar-bait song, “My Heart Will Go On”, performed by Celine Dion (a song that people have mixed feelings about these days, to say the least). The rendition I’ve picked is “The Portrait”, the understated piano version that plays when Jack sketches Rose at her request. I think it’s easily one of the most beautiful and memorable restatements of the love theme, and it surprisingly didn’t make the original release of the soundtrack, being released on the second album, “Back To Titanic”, a few years later instead.

See Also: “Rose” and “My Heart Will Go On”.

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