I am not a musician, theorist, or composer, so I don't have a lot of musical vocabulary at my disposal. But there's a certain kind of music in films about American bravery and freedom: I can recognize it instantly, but I can't articulate what it is or how it works. Examples include:
- The theme music from "The West Wing"
- The opening music from Saving Private Ryan
- This promotion for a short film about World War II, produced by the WWII Museum in New Orleans
What is this musical style, and why is it associated with American patriotism?