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Thomas Newman's 1917 makes QUARTZ 'best 2019 film and TV scores for every mood'

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2019 was another banner year for original film and television scores. If you're in need of some new music as the calendar shifts to 2020, start here.

Because film scores are often steeped in big emotions (and rarely have lyrics that require your attention), they make for great music for working, working out, or studying. They're also versatile enough to listen to while you're commuting to or from the office, or just relaxing at home with a cup of tea. The best scores transcend the films of which they're a part to become indispensable in their own right.

The piece composed by Thomas Newman for the film 1917, accompanies one of the film's most jaw-dropping sequences, as we follow a British soldier during World War I running at night through the ruins of a French town, lit orange by the raging fires just beyond its wall. Bonus points that it reminds me so much of parts of "Rivendell" from Howard Shore's transcendent Lord of the Rings score.

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