I've often thought that John Williams' scores perfectly reflect Steven Spielberg's films.
If Spielberg delivers a great film, Williams delivers a great score (Jaws, Raiders, ET, Schindler); if the film's unmemorable, the score is unmemorable, but still worth a look (Always, Hook); ditto underrated but entertaining (Catch Me If You Can), operating on auto-pilot (Temple of Doom, Last Crusade), hugely popular (Jurassic Park) or dull but worthy (Amistad).
Once again, this is the case with Munich: the film and music alike are at once moving, compelling, dark and complex.
The stand-out tracks are:
Hatikvah (The Hope) -- lush strings drawl out an aching theme of deep sadness; wind instruments join in to flesh out this beautiful, elegant Israeli melody.
Remember Munich -- female vocals over strings. This track packs an emotional punch, with the voice almost wailing with anguish.
Avner's Theme -- the main leitmotif of the film, repeated in several places throughout the film. Here it is elegantly picked out on solo classical guitar. A stately melody with a a hint of dissonance in the repeated two-chord refrain, that reflects the moral confusion of the film's protagonist.
Avner and Daphna -- an oboe high and clear intones the same melody from 'Remember Munich' which develops middle-eastern nuances, before full strings take over along more dynamic and complex lines.
End Credits -- a knockout reprise of the Avner theme. A doleful solo cello leads into a short version of the theme for full strings and then a heart-breaking rendition for solo piano, before the strings return to join the piano. Simply beautiful, the music delivers the equivalent of an emotional body-blow.
There is also a minimalist recurring cue with a repeated steady and implacable beat implying much: the tension of impending tragedy, the inevitability of escalating violent reprisals and the pulsing of blood as passions flare and reason diminishes.
This is not quite John Williams at the top of his game, but it's not far off it. Like the film, the music is the work of a true talent delivering a vital and daring piece of art.