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Auckland Symphony Orchestra stuns with “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme song

November 23rd, 2020

It all began in 2003 when Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released.

The whole craze over Jack Sparrow was just about to begin, and it ended up being a series of five films. The second part was the costliest film ever made because of the special effects and talent costs.

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All of the fun and unexpected adventures on the sea inspired the imagination of both kids and adults alike.

That’s what makes the film so great, and we can all agree that anyone could recognize the movie theme song as soon as it begins. Here it is, played by the orchestra, enjoy!

A magnificent way to tackle so much epicness.

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The original version itself is simply an amazing piece of music.

Everything is beautifully executed and features simple but powerful orchestration. The official soundtrack album was released in 2003, by Walt Disney Records, and all the music of the album is credited to German composer, producer and arranger of film scores, Klaus Badelt.

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The producer is Hans Zimmer, who became well-known for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements.

It’s not the first time that Badelt and Zimmer worked together. The duo has previously collaborated on The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Egypt and Gladiator.

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In this video you see a full orchestra performing the track.

It’s clear that the conductor is having a lot of fun conducting the piece!

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The show is part of the 2012 “Organ Symphony” concert recorded at the Auckland Town Hall.

The Auckland Symphony Orchestra performs phenomenally, led by Gary Daverne, who confidently conducts the whole piece. Not only is he confident, but Daverne also enjoys the concert so much. You can see a smirk on his face now and then.

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Gary Daverne is from New Zealand, and he held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.

Talking about commitment, Daverne has released over 40 albums as a music producer.

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What we loved the most is the fact that the orchestra members were also amused.

You can see the audience as well, and everyone is so enchanted by the concert. What a beautiful way to showcase how much people enjoy music!

The original soundtrack consists of simple harmonies and an interesting instrumentation choice.

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The key to the power of this arrangement is its simplicity.

Most of the louder music consists of melody and rhythmic figures in the low brass and low strings. Those sections are also memorable because of sampled drum beats, tom-toms and various cymbals.

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There was also a lot of cello followed by a double bass, and it was all reinforced by a low, rumbling bassline.

The quieter parts rely on string instruments or sound effects, and you can also hear a pan flute and claves. What mostly defines the score’s sound is the horn that was used in all the louder sections.

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We’re guessing that Jack Sparrow himself would’ve loved this!

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The performance deserves a huge round of applause.

It’s great, inspirational and amazing. You’ll be having so much fun, and you’ll probably hit the replay button more than once—and its 53 million YouTube views are proof enough. We simply can’t get enough of music like this. Bravo for the orchestra!

Check out the full performance in the link below:

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Source: YouTube/Auckland Symphony Orchestra

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