Braveheart soundtrack music is among the most expressive & beautiful film music ever written. EVER. If you have watched and loved this masterpiece of a story, you are right here agreeing with me! Some film music never grows old.
Discover this exciting piano arrangement, for you or your students.
A commenter to the collection of scenes & music in the video below said,
"Most beautiful film ever made in my eyes, the music, cinematography, costume design, script , actors is like no other. It’s a masterpiece of a film!"
I must agree.
The sheet music, key of Gb
The main theme of Braveheart begins with soft flute-like melody notes against a quiet background. A fragment of the Scottish tune "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" weaves its way into the bottom of page one, and then a deep chord at the top of page two gives a low and ominous premonition of battle.
The key of F is shown for page 2
You can see how much easier the key of F is -- hardly a black key in sight, until the bottom of the page, when a quick transition to the key of two flats is made.
Though still slow-paced, a bit more urgency is felt on this page.
Driving energy begins on page 3. Shown, the Gb version
Watch out for the C flats! In measure 52, line 3 above, the dissonance of the alto line against the ascending tenor notes (so to speak) are quite intentional. When the Gb minor chord arrives, B double flat is used. Good practice for your advancing students. Line 4, the first two measures use F flat!
Then at the key change (measure 58) it all resolves beautifully into a D chord, albeit with some clashing due to the G# in the melody.
Page 5, Gb version
The final two pages have lots of right hand octaves - plain octaves, not with thirds or fifths. Exciting octave practice for your student!
Dissonances & open chords impart a medieval, battlefield feeling
The flavor of Braveheart, the movie, is captured in this arrangement. Not too difficult, but with a few challenges, this is a satisfying piece to play over and over again, emotions soaring and always feeling like you are there with William Wallace in the fight for FREEDOM.
Though the key of F is easier, the key of Gb seems to have a special magic, as piano pieces utilizing the black keys frequently do! The piano recording heard in the video is performed in the key of Gb.
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.