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Videos of people playing ‘Succession’ theme song across U.S. go viral

Succession fans enjoyed a fresh dose of America’s most dysfunctional family on Sunday, when the critically acclaimed show returned to screens.

And the drama surrounding the Roy family appeared to musically inspire a number of viewers, as they took to social media to post videos of themselves playing renditions of the rousing theme song.

Days before Season 3 of the HBO hit debuted, CNN‘s Brian Stelter shared a clip of the musical moment that ended the New York City premiere of the first episode.

He wrote: “This is how tonight’s @succession premiere in NYC ended: with a pair of violinists performing the theme music and leading a procession out of the theater.”

And the violinists appeared to be the first in an explosion of people who shared their own takes on the distinctive theme as they excitedly counted down to the arrival of the new season.

Actor and producer Kevin T. Porter posted a video on Twitter of himself playing the Succession theme on his piano, as NPR’s Sam Sanders played the saxophone.

“Happy Succession Day,” Porter captioned the clip, which garnered more than 160,000 views within hours of being posted on Sunday.

Comedian and musician Oliver Izod also got in on the action, with a string quartet adding a lighter sound to the musical number.

“Last night I drank beers and arranged the Succession theme tune for string quartet because IM READY TO WATCH THE NEW SEASON NOW PLEASE,” Izod captioned the footage.

Others shared memes of people dancing, with the Succession theme added to the soundtrack, to convey their excitement on the show returning.

The man behind it all, composer Nicholas Britell, shared a minute-long video of himself playing the theme on his piano, adding the simple caption: “9pm HBO.”

Apparently, the music spoke for itself, as the video pulled in more than 500,000 views in the hours after it was posted on Sunday.

In a 2020 interview with the NME, Britell spoke about creating the theme, as he said: “I wanted to explore the idea of ‘If the Roy family could imagine their own music, what music would that be?’ I started to theorize that it would be this really dark, classical sound.

“Every era has its own musical grammar. If you look back at the late 1700s, there were certain musical conventions that the public of the time were enamoured with. In Succession, it was fun to explore these things.”

“In the late classical era, composers would have used a culminating moment towards the end of a piece,” he went on. “To me, when I hear [the Succession theme], it has a feeling of drama but also a momentous becoming. Like you’re on the periphery of something happening.”

As well as classical music, hip hop was also major influencing factor for Britell, whose work on Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk landed him Best Original Score Academy Award nominations.

“I thought [hip-hop] could be an element too,” said Britell, who won an Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Emmy Award for Succession.

“I wanted to incorporate some oversized hip-hop beats,” he went on. “While I grew up as a classical pianist, when I was in college I was in a hip-hop band—I used to make like four beats a day. But I’ve never had the opportunity or canvas to explore these things on the scale that Succession enabled.”

Hit HBO show “Succession” returned to screens on Sunday.
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