"I Will Never Love Again" begins very sad, pensive, minor. Lots of strings, a bit of a twangy '80s sound going on here and there. It's a love theme gone horribly wrong, which suits the early part of the film perfectly.
"The Friends' Song" is an obviously humorous song, got a good swagger and a bounce to it. Some cheeky guitars open it, then a flute joins in with a delicate little strain of sweetness that is eventually overwhelmed by more strings. But that flute isn't going down with out a fight, and reasserts itself, learning to play nicely along with the strings. After two minutes, the whole mood shifts to almost a dance, bits of a menace coming in underneath. It's like a little peasant dance that's being interrupted.
"The Swordfight" is delightful. Parry, thrust, parry, thrust -- even the music is dueling. There are some blithe castanets at the beginning to bring in a Spanish flair as befits Inigo, and lots of worried strings keeping us anxious as to what the outcome of this duel will be. Some trumpets try to butt in triumphantly, but they get pushed back out, and the song twists minor, the strings get dizzyingly busy, and it almost feels like something you'd hear during a swashbuckly silent film where the story has to be helped by the music because there's no dialog.
(This review originally appeared here at J and J Productions on March 12, 2016.)