In the tradition of movie soundtracks, we christened it ‘Cameron’s Theme’ and looked at its similarities with The West Wing title song, but props to Classic FM, which has gone for the more pejorative ‘Cameron’s Lament’ and published a wonderfully detailed musical analysis of his four-note melody.
‘A brisk 3/4, with a crotchet roughly equalling 108 a minute, suggests activity. Positivity, even,’ Daniel Ross notes.
‘But 3/4 is not the most immediately stable of signatures. It’s easy to feel secure in 3/4, but for just a couple of bars it’s disconcerting - especially when starting with an anacrusis.’
The radio station goes on to suggest that rather than a US TV show, the tune is in the tradition of Classical greats.
‘So, Wagnerian fanfare, Beethoven-esque harmonic doubt and then a strange contemporary flourish at the end,’ it concludes, nodding at his spoken "Right".
‘Does this composition demonstrate the unresolved nature of Cameron’s swift departure from office? Is it perhaps a comment on what might be next for 10 Downing Street?’
You can read the full analysis here.
Theresa May arrives at Downing Street this morning for Cameron’s final cabinet meeting before she takes over as PM.
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