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I am not affiliated with The Vampire Chronicles whatsoever. A friend of mine tagged me in a Facebook post by author, Anne Rice, where she was describing her vision for the music regarding the impending, Vampire Chronicles TV series.

You can read that post here.

*Anne Rice writes: “We are technically a long way from the music. But I am already thinking about a theme song, a theme song and a Lestat theme, a theme that will become as identified with Lestat as the James Bond theme is with Bond. I suppose I’m imagining two distinct that might open the series…. like the song that opens Medici: Masters of Florence. And another Lestat theme that comes in like the James Bond theme (or the “High Noon” theme) from time to time to underscore Lestat’s spirit. What do you think?”*

This really peaked my creative interest, and I decided to try my hand at writing a Lestat theme. I’m just a guitar player, so you’ll have to imagine it as orchestrated:)

Anne Rice mentions the spirit of Lestat: one of the most compelling and complex literary characters ever created. Writing a theme for his character was a challenging (and fun) experiment.

To capture the spirit of Lestat’s particular brand of anti-hero, the music (to me) has to have the right blend of minor/major chords. The music indicates his altruism, while still being ambiguous, and generally staying out of the way of the character. Lestat is, afterall, a vampire — so I believe the music shouldn’t overtly give him a stamp of approval.

I’m calling my Lestat Theme, Immortal.

How to play Immortal by Evan Handyside

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Immortal took me about 20 minutes to write from start to finish. That’s how I work: inspiration flows quickly, and I hope that I have a guitar near by. I imagined a newfangled version of Lestat, rather than his two onscreen incarnations played by Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend (though both of their interpretations were excellent).

The guitar tab for Immortal is beautifully written across two pages. I recommend this piece for intermediate guitar players and up, as you’ll have to pretty agile when switching chord positions.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

This Lestat Theme is played with a capo on the 2nd fret. However, feel free to move the capo around to a position that sounds best to you:

Immortal: a Lestat Theme (concept) for guitar


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