Music of Game of Thrones

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Ramin Djawadi is the composer of the Game of Thrones score.

The music for the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones is composed by Ramin Djawadi, and published by Varèse Sarabande for the first two seasons and by WaterTower Music subsequently. The soundtrack is instrumental and features one major theme, the Main Title, which accompanies the series' title sequence.

The music is noted for its popular main theme, which has been covered many times, and for its use of decidedly non-medieval renditions of songs from the series's source novels by noted indie bands. These adaptations, according to Wired, create attention for the series in media that wouldn't normally cover it, but are also notable for their musical merits independent of the series.[1]

Overview[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Year Title Composer
2011 Game of Thrones (season 1) Ramin Djawadi
2012 Game of Thrones (season 2)
2013 Game of Thrones (season 3)
2014 Game of Thrones (season 4)
2015 Game of Thrones (season 5)
2016 Game of Thrones (season 6)

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 Catch the Throne: Volume I Various
2015 Catch the Throne: Volume II Various

Themes[edit]

Main Title[edit]

Main article: Game of Thrones Theme

According to Djawadi, the show creators wanted the main title theme to be about a journey as there are many locations, characters in the show and involves much traveling. After Djawadi had seen the preliminary animated title sequence the visual effect artists were still working on, he was inspired to write the piece. Djawadi said he intended to capture the overall impression of the show with the theme tune.[2]

Houses and characters[edit]

Djawadi composed theme tunes for each of the major houses, and some of the characters also have their own themes that may be played in scenes involving them. The theme for House Stark is played on a cello, and most of the Stark characters only have variations on the same theme on cello. Arya Stark is the first of the house to have her own theme, first heard when she started her lesson on swordplay in episode three of season one, with the music featuring a dulcimer.[3] A new theme for Jon Snow, previously using only the House Stark theme, was created in the sixth season and featured in the episode "Battle of the Bastards". It was first heard at the end of episode three when he said "My watch is ended", signifying a shift in the character after he had been resurrected.[4] House Lannister has an associated song, "The Rains of Castamere". The song was played at the Red Wedding, but first heard when Tyrion Lannister whistled a small part in the first episode of the second season.[5]

The theme may evolve over time in the show. The theme for Daenerys Targaryen started small, but became grander when she became more powerful. Her theme may be played initially by a single instrument such as a processed cello, but later becoming more epic-sounding incorporating more instruments, including Japanese taiko-inspired drums, Indonesian bedug drums, and an Armenian duduk flute.[3] Syllables and words in Valyrian, a fictional language of "Game of Thrones", were also used in her theme music, although not as whole sentences.[4]

Different themes may also be combined in some scenes. For example, in the finale of Season 6 with the shot of the armada at the end, at least five themes were combined – themes for Daenerys, Theon Greyjoy, the Unsullied, the dragons, and the main title.[3]

Tours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2011 International Film Music Critics Association Best Original Score for a Television Series Nominated [6]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music In a Series Won [7]
Best New Theme Song In a Series Won
2012 ASCAP Awards Top Television Series Won [8]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music In a Series Nominated [9]
2013 ASCAP Awards Top Television Series Won [10]
International Film Music Critics Association Best Original Score for a Television Series Nominated [11]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music In a Series Won [12]
2014 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) Episode: "The Mountain and the Viper" Nominated [13]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music In a Series Won [14]
2015 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music In a Series Won [15]
2016 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music In a Series Won [16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watercutter, Angela (April 15, 2013). "Why HBO Turned to Indie Bands for the Medieval Tunes of Game of Thrones". Wired. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hrishikesh Hirway, Ramin Djawadi (June 11, 2015). "Here's Why 'Game of Thrones' Theme Song Is as Treacherous as Westeros". The Creators Project. 
  3. ^ a b c Vineyard, Jennifer. "Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi on the Show's Key Musical Elements, and That Godfather-esque Finale Tune". Vulture. 
  4. ^ a b Renfro, Kim (July 7, 2016). "Meet the musical genius behind the 'Game of Thrones' soundtrack who watches each season before anyone else". Tech Insider. 
  5. ^ Mahoney, Lesley (September 20, 2013), "Behind the Scenes with Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi", Berklee 
  6. ^ "IFMCA Award Nominations 2011 - IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association". 
  7. ^ "Online Film & Television Association". 
  8. ^ "ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 27th Annual Awards Celebration". www.ascap.com. 
  9. ^ "Online Film & Television Association". 
  10. ^ "ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 28th Annual Awards Celebration". www.ascap.com. 
  11. ^ "IFMCA Award Nominations 2013 - IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association". 
  12. ^ "Online Film & Television Association". 
  13. ^ "Emmy Awards 2014: the nominations in full". Daily Telegraph. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Online Film & Television Association". 
  15. ^ "Online Film & Television Association". 
  16. ^ "20th Annual TV Awards (2015-16)". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved September 11, 2016.