Napoleon soundtrack: What music features in the historical epic?
Ridley Scott's latest film is now showing in UK cinemas.
Ridley Scott's biopic Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the famous French emperor, is upon us.
Napoleon tracks the leader's rise to fame during the French Revolution, explores his relationship with Empress Joséphine (Vanessa Kirby), and depicts many of his famous military battles, including his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
The film might be historically dubious, but it is certainly a fiercely entertaining cinematic spectacle, and the action is accompanied by an epic soundtrack and original score composed by Martin Phipps, who has previously worked on scores for the likes of The Railway Children Return, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror and The Crown.
Speaking to Deadline about writing the music for the film, Phipps explained: "[Scott is] a super smart guy, and he talks about other things, but getting him to talk about the music was quite hard. I didn’t get many conversations with him."
He added: "But when he did talk about [the score], he was really talking about the character and not being prescriptive about the music. [He didn’t say], 'I want this kind of piece, I want strings or horns.'"
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Read on for the full details of the tracks in Phipps's score below and will update the page when more information is made available about the other songs used.
Napoleon soundtrack 2023
You can find the full list of tracks in Martin Phipps's score below.
All tracks composed by Martin Phipps.
- Napoleon’s Piano
- Soldiers of the 5th Regiment
- Ladies in Waiting
- Austerlitz Kyrie – Martin Phipps & Ensemble Organum
- We Are Discovered
- Make the Rain Stop
- Look Down
- First Counsel
- Return to France
- Waterloo Requiem
- Downfall – Martin Phipps & Ensemble Organum
- Bonaparte’s Lament – Martin Phipps & Ensemble Spartimu
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