"Top Ten Tuesday" - Top 10 Piano Movie Themes

I am participating in Oh Amanda’s “Top Ten Tuesday”. It’s sure to be a lot of fun, so make sure you head over and join in!

I had a lot of trouble figuring out what I was going to write in this post…there are a LOT of things you can put in a top ten list! So, I decided to make a list of the top ten piano movie themes. And these are in no particular order—I love them all equally!


  1. River Waltz – “The Painted Veil” (Alexandre Desplat)

    This theme has the perfect mixture of mystery and beauty hidden in its haunting chords. Lang Lang uses his passion to dig the tenderness right out of the piano keys, delivering a perfectly executed musical translation of heart throbbing emotion.

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  3. Vesper – “Casino Royale” (David Arnold)

    This song speaks in a language which the innermost depths of the heart can completely understand. Orchestra is incorporated midway through, adding the guttural depth that sends chills down your spine. The base of chilling piano creates an atmosphere of betrayal and makes the heart break.

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  5. Main Title – “To Kill a Mockingbird (Elmer Bernstein)

    The air of this song encompasses nostalgia at its deepest. Granted, it very quickly becomes heavily woodwind and orchestra based, but coupled with the piano, sentimentality is the ache that sinks into your heart and makes you crave more and more.

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  7. The Ludlows – “Legends of the Fall” (James Horner)

    Beginning with the sense of melancholy accomplishment, this song develops into a journey—causing you to remember who you once were and to recognize how far you’ve come.

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  9. “We Love Each Other” – “Second Chances” (Jared Kraft)

    Transporting you from uncertainty to hope, this song could easily bring a tear to your eye every time you hear it. As it hits your ears, you find that Love is symbiotic to true joy and eternal hope.

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  11. Night Time – “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” (Alexandre Desplat & Aaron Zigman)

    This—the simplest form of the theme which is slowly being developed throughout this entire fantastic film—is the materialization of magic. In order to grasp the full effect of the brilliant theme, you have to watch the movie; in its story based creation, its glory is fully appreciated.

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  13. Theme from Sabrina – “Sabrina” (John Williams)

    Sweeping romance entrances your mind as you float through this fantastic and inspired theme. Creating visuals of class and poise in the mind of the listener, but also stimulating the senses with adventure and zeal.

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  15. Maestro – “The Holiday” (Hans Zimmer)

    Backed up by an incredibly unified orchestral arrangement, the piano rings in a heart warming tale of love and excitement. Amazingly innovative, the movement of this theme constantly keeps your attention.

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  17. Main Theme – “Going Home” (Jared Kraft)

    This one is pure piano, and it creates something extremely special—emotional and creepy sensations mix together to make one brilliant theme.

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  19. The Skulls – “The Skulls” (Randy Edelman)

    Simplistic, and beautiful; this theme holds a quaint resonance in the execution of the piano. The synthesizers, light percussion, and orchestra complete it to make an absolutely incredible work of art.

Tell me which one is your favorite!


Blondie said...

Great list!

I would add, "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Rachmaninoff from Somewhere in Time.

Jared Kraft said...

What a wonderful list... I feel like each of these songs are a little piece of me! : ) I'm also very honored to be on your list twice! : )
Love ya sis,

oh amanda said...

Beautiful! I love the one to The Holiday...but am still listening to the rest!

Thanks so much for playing & linking up!!

Lynnette Kraft said...

Of course you know what I think - Jared Kraft, all the way! :) I love all of them that you posted.

karin said...

Very interesting post! Will be back to listen to more! Bea-u-ti-ful!!!

Linda said...

Abigail,...you never cease to amaze me with your varied interests. You are so interesting,...intriging really!

I love you,...and I love, love, love, being your Grandma!

Kristin said...

Your brother is so talented.

I love the one from Legends of the Fall.....I used to love that movie back in my high school days and I just love that song.

Marla said...

Hi Abigail!

I'm just a passerby, got here through a homeschool carnival (indirectly), and just wanted to say--your art and your ability to write are wonderful to behold. I love how you cherish your brothers and sister(s). I have five children of my own, with a wonderful teenage daughter; you remind me of her, and I hope she is as full of heart as you when she is your age. Thank-you for sharing, and know that people ARE reading! Your artwork, btw, is amazing. I hope you are able to spend your life pursuing that gift. Thank-you for maintaining your blog!

Caleb Howell said...

i like number five. jared did a really good job with that one.

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