'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' composer breaks down Sam and Bucky's musical journey

May 04, 2021 at 10:00

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the story of its heroes inheriting the mantle of Captain America, and its musical journey is no different.
Composer Henry Jackman wrote the show's music after his work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, in which he took up the musical mantle originated by Alan Silvestri.
"It was a sort of combination of musical heritage and musical exploration and musical transformation, which is all inherent in the characters," Jackman told Mashable in a Zoom interview, about his experience scoring The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Since Jackman knew the characters already, he rarely faced moments when none of his musical options worked.
His primary task was growing an established world, such as by adapting a minor musical phrase for Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier into a larger theme for this show.
The same approach wouldn't quite work for the artist formerly known as the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes.
"The Winter Soldier" from its eponymous Captain America movie is "a deeply unpleasant listen full of screaming" ("If you want to relax, don't listen to the Winter Soldier track") that wouldn't work for the civilian Bucky in TFATWS.
[On this show,] there are occasional outbursts, when he goes back into Winter Soldier mode, but then there was this other musical identity for him that was a lot more sympathetic, with guitar, piano and strings."
Like the Winter Soldier scream (which he kindly demonstrates over Zoom), Jackman's existing MCU work is less about longer melodies than distinct, transportive phrases.
As a composer, Jackman hardly has input on which characters and storylines make it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Depending on the circumstances, it's just there's plenty of musical opportunity," Jackman says, whether it's more of the show or a new Captain America movie.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+.