If you’ve never heard of a “musical palindrome”, then it’s a piece of music that sounds the same even when you play it backwards.
Sounds unfathomable, no? But that is what Bear McCreary achieves for his Leonardo’s Theme from the TV series Da Vinci’s Demons (which I highly recommend, btw). It’s a simple enough tune but which grows on you after repeated listens, and has all of that mystery and intrigue imbibed in it too. Bear gets everything right for the score of this show, down to the instruments used which were true to the era this story is set in.
And sure enough, Bear won a Emmy award for this in the Best Original Theme category.
This is the original, how it appears during the opening credits:
Now listen to it in reverse:
The guy’s a genius, no? I still don’t get how he goes around with a name like Bear, though….. 😛