Theme music from various forms of entertainment has been a staple of our existence for millennia. Opera is one of the best-known examples: the music from stage performances is often played in completely different settings, divorced from the opera's action, providing entertainment in itself. Movies are another staple from the last century or so. Their music has sometimes been good enough to stand on its own, and be played without reference to the plot, actors, etc. where it originated. Examples are legion. To name just a few:
- The so-called "love themes" from films such as "Love Story" or "The Godfather";
- The musical suites from movies such as "The Lord of the Rings";
- The theme music from almost all of the James Bond movies.
The soundtrack from the 2002 movie has taken on a life of its own, and is widely regarded as more successful than the film itself. Here are two selections from it, the first orchestral, the second vocal. (The similarities to African tribal music found in the second selection are particularly appealing to me, for obvious reasons.)