The Theory of Everything: Theme for guitar

Posted on 07. Nov, 2014 by in Best of Intellimusica, Film Score, Modern Classics, Post Classical, Premium Tabs, Very Easy to Play

Johann Johannsson

Post Classical Music

The post classical music genre is comprised of modern day composers who write music for solo projects and film. Even still, there is definitely a post-classical sound.

The sound, while far from actual classical music, is usually a simple, emotive chord progression with an equally simple melody. This is actually the type of music I have come to prefer, because it feels far more meaningful — especially when pared with an excellent movie.

I have a post-classical archive for my guitar arrangements that fit this genre.

Max Richter

The most notable post-classical composer would probably be Max Richter — who is the most influential composer of the last ten years. He has been at forefront of the modern classical movement, by expanding the idea of classical music into the indie world.

Although he has released 6 albums, you might know him best from his song On the Nature of Daylight from the movie Shutter Island. On the Nature of Daylight was one of my first posts on the blog.

Most recently Max Richter has composed the amazing score from HBO’s The Leftovers. I’ve created a few guitar arrangements for The Leftovers music. It’s some of my favorite, and most popular stuff on Intellimusica.

Dustin O’Halloran

Composer Dustin O’Halloran is also in the upper echelon of post classical composers. While he has released a few solo albums, his efforts are mostly focused on film score work and his extraordinary ambient project: A Winged Victory for the Sullen. I really like his music, and I’ve done a few of his pieces on Intellimusica.

Check out the video for Requiem for a Static King Pt 1 to see what AWVFTS is all about. The music rewards the patient listener, and it will really move you in the end. I have also created a guitar arrangement for Requiem.

Johann Johannsson

Johann Johannsson is another highly original composer in the post-classical genre. I was first introduced to his music when I somehow heard Johannsson’s Odi Et Amo.

Odi Et Amo is impossible to walk away from. It is so bizarre and beautiful, you’re compelled to listen all the way through to find out where the song is going — and where the song ends up.

As well as solo albums, Johannsson has also composed music for film — most notably Prisoners, and most recently The Theory of Everything. His film score music could just as easily be isolated to a post-classical album. The fact that it’s pared with a movie, makes the music that much more emphatic.

I really enjoyed playing Johannsson’s Through Falling Snow from the movie, Prisoners. This song is a good representation of a post-classical piece of music, and it’s also really easy to play.


Sometimes other composers can dip into this genre accidentally. For instance Hans Zimmer’s Time, for which I’ve also done a guitar arrangement, has the mood of a post classical piece of music. Perhaps an even better example is his latest from Interstellar.

The music in my Hans Zimmer Interstellar post is from the original trailer. Once the score is released, I’ll be able to get a better idea of the main title in the movie. In the meantime, ‘the trailer theme’ is still an awesome piece of music that fits perfectly in the post-classical genre. Be sure to check that out — it’s also a free tab. [Update: Just saw Interstellar — it’s amazing. This music is definitely the central theme of the movie.]

(Note: The Theory of Everththing is my premium material)

How to play The Theory of Everything by Johann Johannsson

The Theory of Everything is really easy to play. In fact, it’s a perfect song for beginner and intermediate guitar players

I love this song — and it’s emblematic of the fact that minimalism is truly the way to go. Based primarily around C chord position, its a major progression that perfectly sets a mood and nothing more.

Though Johann Johannsson is post-classical composer, this song is quite different from that genre. The Theory of Everything has more in common with a song like Rob Simonsen’s Walk in the Trees from the movie, The Spectacular Now.

The guitar tab is a single page long and very easy to read. The tab is played straight though, repeating each section twice.

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8 Responses to “The Theory of Everything: Theme for guitar”

  1. Ali

    12. Jan, 2015

    Hi Evan,
    Thanks a lot for your great blog, tabs and the effort you put into this. This site has been a blessing!
    I want to suggest looking into other tracks from the Theory of Everything soundtrack as well – especially “The Whirling Ways of Stars That Pass”, as it sounds like it’s made for classical guitar!
    Keep it up mate :)

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    • Evan Handyside

      12. Jan, 2015

      Thank you for the great comment Ali! I can’t make any promises but I will look into that song. Thanks for the suggestion:) Evan

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  2. Enrique Godinez

    22. Jan, 2015

    Hi Evan amazing stuff keep it going.
    Could you please make a cover of The Theory Of Everything’S Score track named “Cambridge 1963” i think you could make a great rendition of that one. Thanks a lot

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    • Evan Handyside

      23. Jan, 2015

      I might do that one Enrique. What I have for it is kinda of difficult to play, so I might try some other tunings. Thanks, Evan

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  3. Sebastian

    04. Jan, 2016

    Hi, Thanks for everything you have done, it is realy good stuff
    Could you make one of “A Model of the Universe” of The theory of Everything I think it would be a great idea

    Thank you

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  4. Will

    12. May, 2016

    Just wanted to post a quick thanks bud. This song is very important to me, my sister asked me to play it at her wedding while she walks and that’s coming up here on this 22nd. I’m trying my best to learn it but having fun.

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    • Evan Handyside

      17. May, 2016

      Hi Will, sorry for the delay!

      Thank YOU for your membership and the comment. Excellent choice for a wedding ceremony. Good luck with your performance, having played at a few weddings — all the pressure is off. No one is watching you, as everyone is concentrated on who is coming down the aisle.

      I get nervous before these things, only to realize is always a breeze!

      Take care,

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