Top Gun | Anthem | H. Faltermeyer, L. Balfe, H. Zimmer
Duration: 2.30 min
Instrumentation: 2/2/3/2 // 4/3/3/1 // Timp. + 3 Perc. // D.S./E-Git/E-Bass./2 Synth./Hp. // Strings
Review of the soundtrack of TOP GUN: MAVERICK on Movie Music UK.
“Harold Faltermeyer appears to have had some direct influence on the score in terms of him writing a little bit of new material, and he worked with Zimmer at the latter’s Santa Monica studio off and on through 2019, but his iconic Top Gun Anthem is the foundation of the whole thing. In fact, Faltermeyer’s fingerprints are all over it, from the famous ‘clong’ of the Yamaha DX7 tubular bells, to the Moog modular synthesizer he used to add bass, to the wailing electric guitar melody that carries the emotion of the piece. Elements of the Anthem are embedded deep into the score’s fabric; sometimes it is just hinted, just the chord progressions and the overall vibe, whereas at other times it is presented as an almost near-identical statement of the full melodic line.”