Do you love films based on Jane Austen’s work or life, well, then you’ll love our theme this month. Grab your popcorn and a soda! It’s time for Movies in May!
Austen movie soundtracks are standouts on my playlist. Join me as I mention some of my favourite pieces. Better yet, sit back, relax, and press play. (I dare you not to want to watch the movies afterwards.)
I don’t know about you, but when I hear a song from a movie soundtrack, I immediately get a hankering to watch the movie. I have music on most of the day- my regular playlist for every day things like cooking, cleaning, and showering, and then my “quieter” playlist for Sunday’s and writing. My quieter playlist is filled with movie soundtracks, including some from my fave Austen movies. As much as I love these pieces, this becomes a problem when I’m in the middle of writing a scene or getting ready for church and suddenly hear this:
I mean, how could I not want to just drop everything and watch?!
One of my favourite Austen movie soundtracks is 1995’s Sense & Sensibility, scored by Patrick Doyle. The entire score is beautiful, but especially “My Father’s Favourite” which Marianne plays near the beginning of the movie. I hear this song and can immediately picture Elinor crying in the doorway, Mr. Ferrars giving her his handkerchief, and then their walk outside while relations look on with mixed reactions.
I swear I won’t start crying while listening to this song.
In contrast to the beautiful but somewhat sedate soundtrack for Sense & Sensibility, is Rachel Portman’s score for 1996’s Emma. While the music is still beautiful, it definitely has a lighter, bouncier feel to go along with the somewhat lighter storyline.
This song kinda makes me want to skip down the street, just sayin.’
Us Austen fans can argue and take sides over Pride & Prejudice: 1995 versus 2005, but there’s no question how beautiful the 2005 score is by Dario Marianelli. Don’t ask me to choose which movie I prefer, but when it comes to soundtracks, this one takes it. It not only recalls the movie, but also transports me to the top of the cliff Lizzie stands on, the wind in my hair and my dress blowing in the breeze, or that incredibly breathtaking scene where Darcy is walking towards her in the morning dawn.
Chills. That is all.
I would feel remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention Persuasion. Unfortunately, though it has some very nice music, I don’t think you can get the entire Persuasion 2007 soundtrack, and I don’t have any Persuasion songs on my playlist. 🙁 But luckily Youtube at least has the theme. This music perfectly conveys the regret and despair both Anne and Captain Wentworth go through.
No, YOU are picturing Captain Wentworth right now.
I love when a musician scores the movie to perfection. There’s nothing worse to me than when a song is too cheesy or doesn’t fit the mood of the scene, pulling me completely out of the movie. Luckily, these Austen movies scores only add to the brilliance of Austen’s characters, bring life to the settings, and make the moments stand out. Whether I’m watching the movie or just listening to the soundtrack, the music reminds me of those stories and characters that I love.
So did I miss any soundtracks that I should’ve mentioned? Which is your favourite score?