CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

Fanfare For A Fighter: The History and Evolution of the ‘Rocky’ Theme

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The point of a music score is to illustrate what's going on in a character's head and in their heart. This is why when we hear Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho" strings we immediately feel panic; when we listen to Ennio Morricone's harmonica strains from "Once Upon A Time In The West," we feel the tension of an approaching gunfight. And when we hear Bill Conti's stirring theme from "Rocky" we feel passion, we feel inspiration, and the confidence to beat the odds. To go the distance.

Rocky's theme is subtitled "Gonna Fly Now," a result of adding lyrics to the theme for the big training sequence, the first of many montages across the eight films in the series including, the latest, "Creed II." The franchise has long been criticized for being formulaic, and while that's not especially incorrect, what's interesting is that perhaps the most predictable moment in the films—the appearance of "Gonna Fly Now"—is the one most loo…

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