I sit here, having just watched Saving Private Ryan again, listening to "Hymn to the Fallen" in headphones with tears running down my face. I cannot think of a more moving, emotional tribute to the many lives lost in World War II than this simply stunning piece by John Williams. After experiencing the array of emotionally impacting, some even devastating, scenes of the film, "Hymn to the Fallen" serves as a catharsis for me. The raw power and gruesome reality of the film left me sitting in the theatre in 1998. I was speechless, full of emotion and, like now, crying. I believe much of Saving Private Ryan's ability to not just shock but to convey as much as is humanly possibly the full experience of WWII is due to our ability to release the emotions built up during the film. "Hymn to the Fallen" allows and encourages us to do just that. I also remember in 1998, for once I was not alone sitting there during the credits. Many people sat as I did, tears, murmured words of support for loved ones, allowing the beauty and power of John Williams' music to help them understand what they had just seen. It is a tribute to the many fallen in WWII and it stands also as a tribute to the power of music.