I started off this year with a review of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I know that the film isn’t exactly a work of science fiction or fantasy, but it was so well produced and delivered that I felt it deserved an honorable mention on this site. And in that same spirit, I feel compelled to discuss one of the tracks from that film’s soundtrack, as composed by the great Hans Zimmer.
For the most part, the soundtrack is fairly derivative of the original score from the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film, with a few add-ins from classical music like Die Forelle by Franz Schubert. But then there’s Track No. 18, “Romani Holiday (Antonius Remix).”
The buildup is pretty great, full of nice percussion, strings, and piano keys. But then, at 2:26… boom! A full-on Romani medley with a techno beat and what sure sounds like some mariachi trumpets and accordions thrown in for good measure! And for a song that’s only five minutes and forty seconds long, there are a surprising number of movements and bridges to keep your ears interested. The song goes into an amazing dip at 4:38 and begins to slowly fade out at 5:11, but the raw, primal energy of the previous four-to-five minutes will still be with you, rest assured.
In one sense, I’m glad that this song wasn’t anywhere near the actual film. It doesn’t befit the Victorian sensibilities of the Sherlock Holmes franchise, and while the Romani music and dramatic percussion are heard in the film itself, the whole style is much too modern to be taken seriously.
That said, this is one hell of a cool song and you should totally listen to it. And then send it on to your friends. And then listen to it again. And again. And again…
Bibliography: Zimmer, Hans. “Romani Holiday (Antonius Remix).” Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (soundtrack). CD. WaterTower Music, 2011.