A few days ago, I published a post reviewing H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. In that post, I made mention of a musical version of the story and I’ve been playing it ever since.
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds is a phenomenal piece of music. Originally composed in 1978, the pounding music switches between epic and apocalyptic march movements to softer, almost pastoral, songs. It truly is an inspiring piece of music to listen to, regardless of whether you are listening to the original recordings or the 2012 tour version.
The mixture of rock band and string orchestra really helps convey the feeling of a clash of cultures and identity and the regular repetitions of the main theme have allowed me to sink into a secure rhythm as I continue my own work. And the soft voices of Richard Burton and Liam Neeson (depending on which version you’re listening to) tell the story with such passion and authority that you can’t help but be drawn in.
Inspirational and epic – if you haven’t listened to this before, now is as good a time as any.
You won’t regret it.