For a soundscape that was religious to the core, Zimmer used a massive orchestra and chorus to create a dramatic 'stained glasscathedral' feeling. While the score has more in common with Zimmer's previous work for Hannibal, there is also a solid mixture of the motifs used for The Thin Red Line and Batman Begins. The thirteenth cue, "Chevaliers de Sangreal", is the most bombastic; powerfully underscoring the 'discovery' scene in the film.
Director Ron Howard commented that "Like every other facet of this movie, the score for The Da Vinci Code demanded a range of textures that recognized and reinforced the layers of ideas and emotion, which unfold as the basic story does." Claiming that Zimmer was "inspired", Howard added that "Hans Zimmer has given us extraordinarily memorable music to appreciate within the framework of a film or completely on its own, where you can let the sounds carry you on your own private journey."
It was rumored that the A-ha song Celice would be in the soundtrack to the film so that song is a double entendre for the torture device, the cilice, and the name of a woman named Celice whose presence seems to torture the men, but this did not occur.
This piece is played mainly during the acquisition of the cryptex at the Depository Bank of Zurich. It is also played at the end of the film.
Named after the infamous book during the Inquisition, this piece is played when Sir Leigh Teabing explained to Sophie Neveu about how the women in the medieval were hunted by the church.
Daniel's 9th Cipher
This piece is played at the Rosslyn Chapel, when the duo begin to decipher the last puzzle; the location of the Grail.
The Citrine Cross
Rose of Arimathea
The first half of it is played during the time when Silas remembering his dark memories at the doors of Eglise Saint-Sulpice, while the second half is played when Sophie remembering her memories with her grandparent, Jacques Sauniere.
This piece is played during each time when the characters are endangered, hunted or being chased.
Chevaliers de Sangreal
Main theme. This piece is played at the end of the film when Langdon finally breaks the codes and deciphers the current location of the Grail (supposedly the tomb of Mary Magdalene at La Pyramide Inversee)
The Da Vinci Code's director, Ron Howard, said that the soundtrack was "powerful, fresh and wonderfully effective" and most film music reviewers agreed with him. Soundtrack.Net and Scorereviews rated the score highly. The music was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score but lost to Alexandre Desplat's work for The Painted Veil.