Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (soundtrack)

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Sherlock Holmes:
A Game of Shadows – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer
Released 13 December 2011 (2011-12-13)
Recorded MG Sound Studios
Air Studios
Genre Film score
Length 57:22
Label WaterTower Music
Producer Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
Sherlock Holmes film chronology
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2011 film of the same name. Hans Zimmer collaborated again with Lorne Balfe to produce the score. It was released on 13 December 2011, three days before the film was released itself.

Musically, the album is influenced by classical and Romani music.

While reading page five of the script, Zimmer came to a part about a Gypsy fortuneteller. He called the director, Guy Ritchie and told him they needed to do a road trip to Slovakia. Zimmer felt that it was appropriate to reflect the Romani culture in his music. Zimmer got two Romani bands (Cigánski baróni and Kokavakere Lavutára - Sendreiovci) to record the score for the film, resulting in the score for the film as envisioned.[1][2]

He said:

"You have two cultures collide on the soundtrack, that you go from this typical heavy Germanic action music to just the frivolity of one of those Gypsy songs, full of life, full of lightness, full of spirit, I had a problem with authority from a very early age."[1]

Track listing

All music composed by Hans Zimmer except where indicated.

No. Title Length
1. "I See Everything"   0:39
2. "That Is My Curse (Shadows – Part 1)"   1:51
3. "Tick Tock (Shadows – Part 2)"   8:12
4. "Chess (Shadows – Part 3)"   7:34
5. "It's So Overt It's Covert"   3:19
6. "Romanian Wind"   1:56
7. "Did You Kill My Wife?"   2:42
8. "He's All Me Me Me"   1:56
9. "The Mycroft Suite"   1:41
10. "To the Opera!"   4:03
11. "Two Mules for Sister Sara" (music by Ennio Morricone) 2:34
12. "Die Forelle" (written by Franz Schubert) (performed by Julius Drake and Ian Bostridge) 3:22
13. "Zu viele Füchse für euch Hänsel"   1:47
14. "The Red Book"   4:00
15. "Moral Insanity"   1:31
16. "Memories of Sherlock"   2:11
17. "The End?"   2:26
18. "Romani Holiday" (Antonious Remix) 5:38

Tracks not included on the album:[3]



Purchase of the enhanced physical CD includes an insert allowing the free download of three bonus tracks from the score: "Shush Club No. 3", "Beautiful Eyes" and "Just Follow My Lead (The Waltz)".[4][5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[6] 1/5 stars[7]
Film, Music & Media 3.5/4 stars[8]

Allmusic rated the album 4.5 out of 5 stars, cited by James Christopher Monger that the soundtrack "once again infused the series with wit and wickedness, stacking his already established themes with an effusive Romanian flair, reflecting the addition of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace's turn as a Gypsy fortune teller."[6]

On the other hand, gave the album 1 out of 5 stars, stating that it "completely lacks major development of new motifs and does little to expand upon the two-part theme from the original film."[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Hans Zimmer's Roma Score Collaboration for 'Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows' Score". The Huffington Post. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. Johnson, Reed (January 6, 2012). "Hans Zimmer adds Gypsy flavor to 'Sherlock Holmes' score". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows End Credits
  4. "Sherlock: Game of Shadows soundtrack details". Filmonic. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  5. "Sherlock Homes: Game of Shadows soundtrack with bonus tracks". Hans Zimmer Complete Score. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Monger, James Christopher. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Filmtracks: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe)". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. Savas, Kaya. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows by Hans Zimmer (Review)". Film, Music & Media. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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