March 2, 2011

Elia Cmiral's "The John Galt Theme" and Modest Mussorgsky's "The Grand Gate of Kiev"

I've listened to this a few times. My personal response is that I waiver between liking it and tolerating it. I have heard better, but I've also heard worse. At first I was really enjoying it, but the more I listened the less impressed I was.

I would have been more excited if the composer/music selector had used Modest Mussorgsky's "The Grand Gate of Kiev" which I believe was one of Rand's favorite pieces of music (although I could be wrong about that--I'm simply remembering something said on one of Leonard Peikoff's podcasts.) To me, it seems more in line with the character of John Galt.

That piece of music is here...


  1. Have you heard Liszt's Un Sospiro? It reminds me of the kind of contented yet triumphant sigh one could imagine hearing in Galt's Gulch.
    Here's the link, in case you haven't:

  2. Do you know what this confirms for me? That the whole thing would be done better as a silent movie: only not silent, as no good silent movie was any good without a fantastic score. Watching that montage video above just really sends this point home for me. It would work so well.

  3. The so-called "John Galt Theme" sounds to me like music appropriate for a Lifetime movie about a little boy dying of cancer. Yuck.

  4. It's no Halley's 5th Concerto, but I enjoyed it. Thanks for the post.