by The Collected Mutineer
I love to write about music. In fact, my very first post for The Collective was about film scores! But over the last ten years, things have changed in the score industry. It’s not just movie music that keeps fans hooked (Spotify subscription, anyone?). Thanks to television shows with sweeping scores like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, the landscape is no longer just dotted with television composers—I would argue that they are dominating the space, and rightfully so.
One of the best composers out there is Bear McCreary. You might not recognize his name unless you avidly read up on this kind of stuff, but you’ve undoubtedly heard his work in Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, Black Sails, and you guessed it: Outlander. Though McCreary also scores films and video games, I find his best work to be on television. Without further ado, here are my top five pieces from his fabulous and evocative score for Outlander (which is back for season 5)!
Dance of the Druids
This haunting yet exciting piece is the central point of Outlander‘s music. The moment that changes Claire’s life—seeing the women dance at Craigh Na Dun—is woven throughout all five seasons thanks to variations on this theme.
Moch Sa Mhadainn
First appearing in season 2, this rousing Scottish Gaelic song recently made a comeback in season 5. Though this piece has distinct Jacobite roots, for me it’s very reminiscent of Jamie himself and his role as a laird and fearless leader.
“Faith” is an ode to those who are gone too soon, namely Claire and Jamie’s firstborn daughter. Slow, sweet, and nostalgic, this track makes me teary-eyed every time.
Destiny on Culloden Moor
Every Outlander fan knows just how sad, but beautiful, this piece is. It includes themes from other tracks but centers itself around Claire and Jamie’s own music—music that is revisited when they reunite in the printshop later on in season 3.
Eye of the Storm
The culminating scene of season 3 needed music to match, and of course, McCreary delivered. Like everything else in Outlander, this music is both otherworldly and sweeping, transporting you back to the key scene instantaneously.
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