The Music of Roots
It’s not easy to bring classical music into movies and television. Classically speaking, music was meant to be played in a certain amount of time (usually longer than a scene would take) and a to serve a certain purpose (such as dancing, filling the silence, in a theatre). There are also issues of copyright and performance clearances. Diagetic music (that takes place in the scene) also presents challenges such as matching the music to the picture.
The soundtrack for Roots and the recurring musical themes were right on point. Questlove did a fantastic job as music supervisor and shout out to Jingle Punks, who coproduced the theme song. The tone was appropriately emotional and had just the right amount of recall, where you really did feel like the themes were familiar, but not overplayed.