Brave (soundtrack)

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Brave Soundtrack Cover.jpg
Film score by Patrick Doyle
Released June 19, 2012
Recorded 2011-2012
Studio Air Lyndhurst Studios, London
Genre Celtic
Length 61:72
Label Walt Disney
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Empire 3/5 stars
Film Score Reviews 4/5 stars
Filmtracks 4/5 stars

Brave is the original soundtrack of the film of the same name composed by Patrick Doyle and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack also features two original songs performed by Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis (written by Alex Mandel & Mark Andrews, produced by Jim Sutherland), and one original song performed by Birdy and Mumford & Sons.[1] Walt Disney Records released the soundtrack on both CD album and digital download on June 19, 2012.[2]

Brave was the first Disney film to feature music lyrics in Scottish Gaelic. The lullaby duet between characters Princess Mérida and Queen Helena entitled "A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal (Noble Maiden Fair)” (music by Patrick Doyle, lyrics by Patrick Neil Doyle) appears on three occasions in different variations within the fabric of the score, and uniquely includes Gaelic vocals by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker.

Doyle also composed for the film, “Song of Mor’du” (lyrics by Patrick Doyle and Steve Purcell) sung by Billy Connolly, Scott Davies, Patrick Doyle, Gordon Neville, Alex Norton and Carey Wilson. In this drinking song, Doyle and Purcell utilise a rich variety of words in the Scots language (which is largely mutually comprehensible with English).

Patrick Doyle's original music for Brave was used in the official trailers for the film, which subsequently featured prominently in the film's score. The trailers also included a Scottish Gaelic song called "Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird A' Chuain" sung by Julie Fowlis, taken from her album Mar a tha mo chridhe.

For the Spanish soundtrack, Indie-folk singer Russian Red performed the Spanish version of "Touch the Sky" (Volaré) and "Into the Open Air" (A la luz del sol).[3] The Italian versions of "Touch the Sky" (Il Cielo Toccherò) and "Into the Open Air" (Tra Vento e Aria) are performed by the soul-blues singer Noemi.

Other versions[4][edit]

Singer(s) Title Language
Frankie Barranco[5][6] "My Spirit Flies" English
Paula Seling[7][8][9] "Chiar Pot Zbura" Romanian
Lucie Vondráčková[10][11] "Kdy vzlétnu já" Czech
Lola[12][13] "Lelkem száll" Hungarian
Justyna Bojczuk[14][15] „Kiedy nie śpią sny” Polish

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Patrick Doyle, except "Touch the Sky" (music by Alex Mandel, lyrics by Mandel and Mark Andrews), "Into the Open Air" (music and lyrics by Mandel),[16] and "Learn Me Right" (music and lyrics by Mumford & Sons).[17]

No. Title Length
1. "Touch the Sky" (Julie Fowlis) 2:31
2. "Into the Open Air" (Julie Fowlis) 2:41
3. "Learn Me Right" (Birdy, Mumford & Sons) 3:46
4. "Fate and Destiny"   4:17
5. "The Games"   1:53
6. "I Am Merida"   2:23
7. "Remember to Smile"   2:17
8. "Merida Rides Away"   4:07
9. "The Witch's Cottage"   4:26
10. "Song of Mor'du" (Billy Connolly and Cast) 2:17
11. "Through the Castle"   4:34
12. "Legends Are Lessons"   4:06
13. "Show Us the Way"   3:46
14. "Mum Goes Wild"   3:25
15. "In Her Heart"   2:36
16. "Noble Maiden Fair (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal)" (Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker) 2:36
17. "Not Now!"   3:34
18. "Get the Key"   3:15
19. "We've Both Changed"   5:30
20. "Merida's Home"   1:32
Total length:


Brave debuted as the highest-charting Pixar soundtrack at US Billboard since Cars in 2006.[18] Ratatouille never placed, WALL-E debuted at No. 127 and Cars 2 at No. 153. The soundtracks to Up and Toy Story 3 were only released digitally, instead of being given a traditional CD release, until 2011.

Chart (2012) Peak
Spanish Albums Chart[19] 33
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 70
U.S. Billboard Soundtracks[21] 2
U.S. Billboard Top 200[21] 33
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[21] 13


  1. ^ "Sounds Of The Highlands; Disney-Pixar's "Brave" Transports Moviegoers to Ancient Scotland with Oscar-Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle, Plus Performers Julie Fowlis and Birdy (with Mumford & Sons)" (Press release). Walt Disney Records. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ " Brave: Various Artists, patrick Doyle, James Shearman: Music". Amazon. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Russian Red se estrena en español en la BSO de Brave (Indomable)" (in Spanish). Ultima Pantalla. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Zawiercie - Walt Disney na Zamku w Bobolicach". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  5. ^ Frankie Barranco - My Spirit Flies (Brave Soundtrack) on YouTube. 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-01-04.
  6. ^ Position: 00:00 (2013-11-26). "Frankie Barranco – My Spirit Flies – Listen and discover music at". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
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  9. ^ "PAULA SELING - Chiar pot zbura (BRAVE SOUNDTRACK)". YouTube. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Lucie Vondráčková - Kdy vzlétnu já (Official Music Video) v HD". YouTube. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Krásná rebelka Lucie Vondráčková má nový videoklip! Podívejte - - magazín pro Váš úspěšný den". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  12. ^ "Lola - Lelkem száll (Merinda a bátor főcímdal)". YouTube. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Családi : Hírek : Lola énekli a Merida a bátor végefőcímdalát". 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  14. ^ "Justyna Bojczuk - Kiedy nie śpią sny. Piosenka z filmu Merida Waleczna". YouTube. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  15. ^ Firstpost. "Justyna Bojczuk - Kiedy nie śpią sny. Piosenka z filmu Merida Waleczna - Adam Watts Videos : Firstpost Topic - Page 1". Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  16. ^ "Disney•Pixar’s Brave Transports Moviegoers to Ancient Scotland with Oscar®-Nominated Composer Patrick Doyle". Disney. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mumford & Sons Pen New Song For Pixar's 'Brave'". MTV. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "Chart Moves: 'Brave's' Mumford & Sons-Enhanced Billboard 200 Debut, Blood on the Dance Floor's Best Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "PROMUSICAE" (PDF). PROMUSICAE. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  20. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music SoundScan Charts". 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  21. ^ a b c [1] Billboard. Retrieved 2012-07-08

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