Dramatic Vocalise Database

Horner, James (b. 1953)

Troy (2004)

Connections between stage and film music exist aplenty. Consider the burning pyres in act 3 of Roussel’s opera Padmâvatî and the funereal scene in the movie Troy (2004), with music composed by James Horner (b. 1953). In each case the music is tinged by the Phrygian mode and meant to express lamentation.

(Nauman 2009, 258)



Funeral Scene

[1:23:36–1:24:30] Phrygian-sounding vocalise, used to accompany the gathering and burning of the dead. Signifies and emphasizes the lamentative mood. Post battle: after the Trojans triumph, the Greeks are allowed to gather their dead.