Classical and country are two wholly separate styles of music. So the thought of combining the two polar opposites on one compilation is enough to make any listener do a double take. It goes without saying that by all logic, it’s a major risk. While the combination of the pair on the soundtrack to the new indie flick, “Moonrise Kingdom” was a risk, the end result was a sucess.
Being an indie-flick, not every person across the country will get to see the movie. But everyone can check out the soundtrack. It combines some of the best of Hank Williams, Sr. with equally impressive classical works from the likes of Camille Satin-Seans and Franz Schubert. And composer Alexandre Desplat has his own works throughout the compilation, too. His seven part ‘The Heroic Weather-Conditions of The Universe’ opus tells its very own story. Though it’s likely tied in to the plot of a big storm coming while the parents of the young lovers search for them. Listeners don’t even have to have seen the movie to appreciate the entire work, even in its separated form.
‘The Heroic Weather-Conditions of The Universe’ opens with the soft, mysterious movement, ‘A Veiled Mist.’ The name alone hints at images of the unknown. From there, the musical story builds more and more until it finally culminates in the ending gentility of the final movement, ‘After The Rain.’ This movement conjures images of the violent storm from the movie finally making its way through and then everything finally being calm once it has passed. It’s a wonderful manner in which to tell a story. The final movement brings Desplat’s story full circle. And just as the soundtrack opened with a young person introducing audiences to the different parts of the orchestra, so does it close. It all combines to give audiences a total sense of fulfillment after taking the musical journey.
Not everybody who listens to this soundtrack might be a fan of classical music. That’s fine. It also offers some great classic country from the legend himself, Hank Williams, Sr. The soundtrack includes his hits, ‘Kaw-Liga’, ‘Long Gone Lonesome Blues’, and ‘Ramblin Man.’ And for those who have perhaps never been exposed to Williams’ work, this trio of songs is a great first introduction to one of country music’s greatest voices.
Moonsrise Kingdom is out in theaters nationwide. It may not be in every theater in every city across the country. But its soundtrack is available now. Whether one is a fan of classical or classic country, both sides have something enjoyable to which they can listen. It may even serve to introduce a whole new generation of listeners to two great musical styles without even having to take them to see the associated movie. Keeping that in mind, the Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack is worth at least a single listen.
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