Chord progressions fascinate me. They communicate so much without ever being a melody. For an arranger, the chord progession of a song is a good place to start to look for counter melodies.
Zadok The Priest by Handel, written in the 18th century has one of the best intros in music. There is no theme as such, yet the chord progression and the pulsing/rolling string arrangement is instantly recognisable.
We recorded the strings for this 22 bar introduction and I’ve tried to get my head round the chord progression in this short video.
Help yourself to the strings recording (6 separate stems). These audio files are copyright free.