Inconsistencies and jarring notes can undoubtedly hinder a viewer’s enjoyment of a series, even one as popular as HBO’s Game of Thrones. That’s how it was when Canadian violinist Lara St. John heard the show’s theme song, complete with a fake cello.
“Most of my musician friends were like, ‘Lara, what’s your problem? Just fast forward through the theme.’ But it’s a matter of principle,” said St. John on CBC’s As It Happens, with a laugh.
To a musician, she explained, listening to the fake cello was akin to hearing your favourite Leonard Cohen song sung by a GPS machine. “That’s how horrible it is to the ears of a string player.” [CBC Music]
So St. John decided to do it right. She hired professional cellist Rubin Kodheli and recorded a version she felt was worthy of the instrument and the show.
“It’s different because it’s alive,” she said, adding that Hollywood often uses synthesized orchestral sounds, but that this one bothered her the most because the Game of Thrones characters are especially passionate and real, and therefore well-suited to orchestral music.
Check out the two videos below to hear the difference between the original Game of Thrones theme song and Lara St. John’s version:
* Story via CBC Music.