Once the catapults release their fiery charges and the music starts playing in brass while the strings join in. After, we hear staccato brass while woodwind and strings provide marcato accented stabs. In the beginning, violins use ostinato staccato on a high pitched note creating suspense and tension. Low and thick brass comes in, creating the sound of doom and war. A small violin melody arrives soon after in front of the ostinato rhythm to transition to Maximus and his cavalry. It is easy to contrast the mood in both shots, the artillery is menacing with beating down pulse, however, Maximus and his cavalry have more suspense and heroic themes mainly consisting of strings. High brass melody comes in when many barbarians are shown killed in the onslaught of catapults and arrows, they still chant and cheer as-though nothing has happened. In the battle, Zimmer plays a powerful and harsh theme which is filled with instruments ranging from strings, percussion, and brass, making the listener more and more intrigued to what is happening and also telling us that the barbarian horde is still going strong and that the battle is far from over. A minor glissando comes in from the violins to enhance the intensity as the barbarian soldier charge. Dynamics are heavily utilized in this scene, especially when Maximus is killing barbarians soldiers on his horse heroically because the strings start at mezzo piano and end at forte. Then, as soon as Maximus gets thrown off his horse, the brass and strings use low and dooming sounds again to reflect Maximus’ struggle to get back on his feet while he is on the floor fighting a barbarian. Once he finally picks himself back up, the screen gets blurry and slow motion shots are shown while the diegetic sounds are emphasized such the sound of the barbarians breathing, the music gets really sad and depressing, with low legato solo strings creating a thick texture. The slow adagio music with warm strings really gives a great mood to the filmography and edits. Towards the end of the battle, there is a diminuendo in the music as the mood once again changes to the sense of relief but also a victory.The cue finally ends and gives way to the sound of the approaching carriage of Commodus and his sister.