|1. Main Title|
|2. A Gift Of A Thistle|
|3. Wallace Courts Murron|
|4. The Secret Wedding|
|5. Attack On Murron|
|7. Murron's Burial|
|8. Making Plans/Gathering The Clans|
|9. Sons Of Scotland|
|10. The Battle Of Stirling|
|11. For The Love Of A Princess|
|13. Betrayal and Desolation|
|14. Mornay's Dream|
|15. The Legend Spreads|
|16. The Princess Pleads For Wallace's Life|
|17. 'Freedom'/The Execution/Bannockburn|
|18. End Credits|
I am a very huge fan of Horner's work thanks to Titanic and Apollo 13. Add Braveheart to the list.
From the opening track, the discerning listener will understand that Horner is trying to produce a romantic, melancholy, and almost mystical atmosphere. The strings intertwine to create a sense that this legendary story of honor and freedom is being lifted out of an ancient mist. Then the mystic drone of the bagpipe is heard, and it is at this point that anyone with a true soul begins to break down. It is very rare that music can really touch the soul; it is even rarer for a soundtrack to do so. For all its greatness, a John Williams score is generally too boisterous to pierce to the heart. But Horner knows not only how to excite the senses with the drumbeats and battle-horns of war, but also how to arouse the long-forgotten desire to live a legend. In the end, it is very hard to resist the desire to don a kilt and rush, sword drawn, at some modern-day tyrant.
In this way, Horner's Braveheart is a masterpiece.
This is a very moving soundtrack. While there is a common musical theme/or sound that runs through the entire soundtrack (which is typical of movie soundtracks), Horner's imagination gives each song a new twist, added verse, or slightly different melody that keeps the listener's attention. Moreover, I love the sound of bagpipes (despite the fact that I come from a Welsh background) ; )
The tracks themselves have many various textures from smooth melodious flowing music to gruff, fully orchestrated pieces that rattle your player until there is an abrupt stop in the music and you are left wanting more. The feeling of the movie definitely comes out in the music.
Having been an avid soundtrack collector for over 20 years now, I can safely say that this is one of the best sountracks out there. I highly recommend it.