I am very excited to share today’s post with you…behold the first in a monthly series featuring some of my favorite noveling-music artists!
My first featured artist is a film composer. Now the thing that I find sets some composers apart from others—speaking strictly as a writer right now—is that with some, I enjoy their music for a while, but I find them bad companions for long term work. The music makes me tired after repeated listening and I hit skip when their tracks come up on my playlist. However, others I can listen to almost indefinitely. That is the test of intelligence over time.
One of the most intelligent composers writing today is Patrick Doyle. Patrick Doyle is one of the greats. I say this for the record. As I musician myself, I can testify to the fact that his work is very high quality, which means that the more you listen to it the better you like it, instead of vice versa. One of his tracks hit over 700 plays on my list after eight months and I only love it more now.
So, with no more of this unprofitable chat (to borrow a phrase from Edmund Mortimer of Shakespeare’s Henry IV), I present to you Maestro Patrick Doyle.
About the artist: Patrick Doyle is a Scottish composer who grew up in a large, musical family and studied music in college, but fell into composing almost by accident. He was an actor/musician for Kenneth Branagh’s theater group, The Renaissance Players and was asked one day by Branagh to compose the score for his film production of Henry V. Doyle’s brilliance with that score put him on the map, and from that time he has been a well-loved and sought out composer.
Why I recommend him: He is a versatile composer, so from epic pieces (Thor, Rise of the Planet Apes, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) to sweet, beautiful pieces (Sense and Sensibility, Cinderella) and everything in between, Patrick Doyle has something for every situation. His music is always telling a story. With his background in acting and literature, he has a deep understanding of narrative structure, and every soundtrack reflects that. (If you’re a Marvel fan, ask me sometime about what his score has to say about Thor and Loki’s character arcs. It’s epic.)
What I use his music for:
-General playlist music
-Listening through an album start to finish
-Character theme songs
Sense and Sensibility
The Last Legion
Man to Man
In Pace (Hamlet)
Combe Magna (Sense and Sensibility)
Go Bid the Soldiers Shoot (Hamlet)
Kindle My Heart (A Little Princess)
The Day is Yours (Henry V)
Forgive Me (Thor)
Sons of Odin (Thor)
Abigail’s Feeling (Man to Man)
Who is She? (Cinderella)
Have you heard any of Patrick Doyle’s scores? If so, which are your favorites?