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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmfETVX6XCw -  Veigar- Dominons Reign

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UGK9jCq_WY - Veigar- Rivals

(Warning, some nudity in the video. The music is fine, not the vid.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xu0XUVuyco -  Veigar -Eternal Empire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm9Dp8XFLI4 - Veigar- Revelations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brAanCzt4CU - Vaiger -  Pirates

www.veigar.com - The place to listen to the rest of his music!

Veigar Margeirsson is an person, an very famous person of this genre of music!

You can show me you favorite orcheastal muisc artists!

Please tell me invinually of  each video of what you think.

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I LOVE orchestral music.

While I like a lot of these styles, I prefer a more "pure" orchestral sound. Some of the sounds in there are not sounds a real orchestra can make, which makes he sue of samples obvious.

For an example of the epic style I prefer, look to Carl Orff (WARNING: vid exceeds an hour in length):


This is the entire Carmina Burana suite. They take it a little slow, but still a nice performance. Nothing like the sound of a large orchestra backed by a chior. Not even the best samples can compare! The first movement of this suite is the most famous, O Fortuna.

Whether or not this is "epic" is debatable, but I absolutely love the 5th symphony of Shostakovich, here's the 4th movement:


While not "epic," this Shostakovich work, Novorossiysk Chimes:


This is possible my favorite piece. I get goosebumps every time I hear it.

Stravinsky is often called the father of modern orchestral music. The Firebird was booed at it's first performance.


Stravinsky himself at the baton.

Gustav Holst pulled off a pretty epic suite, The Planets. Host was disappointed that this became his most famous work, but I think he did fantastic. Here's some Mars and some Jupiter respectively:


An epic march in 5/4 time. Notice at the beginning the string players using the wood side of the bows. This is col legno. It is controversial among string players because it can damage bows, but it sounds oh so epic. Note the baritone horn solo.


Joyous, yes, but still epic. As a horn player, I'm a sucker for pieces like this with awesome horn parts. :P

Another unique thing about the planets is scored for two timpanists. This is rare.

Sir Edward Elgar has written some very nice stuff as well. The Pomp and Circumstance marches are quite a work. Sadly, many arrangers have desecrated the work in their arrangements intended for graduations. I provide here the Disney arrangement, as it quite expertly medleys the four marches together without damaging the work.


These pieces sound so much more fluid and natural than the Veiger works, not to discount them any. The epicness here comes from the musicianship of the players, as well as the orchestration instead of beat and bass. This is why I prefer the work of John Williams over, say, Hans Zimmer.

Nothing like the sound of a few dozen musicians all playing together. Samples can't touch that. Yes, I use samples in my own work, but the reason for that is I don't have my own orchestra. I also tend not to make orchestration decisions that are impossible for real orchestras. I would definitely jump at the chance to get any of my works performed for real.

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I adore orchestral music; it is one of my favourite genres. DZ already beat me to showing Holst's Jupiter (and to Orff, and Shastakovich), but I bring my own submissions:

The stirring sounds of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto Number 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scm4eUORJ2s

From the moment I first learned this piece on the violin, I fell it love with Pachelbel's Canon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZHw9uyj81g

Bach's Air on the G String: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOVwokQnV4M

I'd be remiss not to give a nod to the masterful Rachmaninov:

Obligatory Beethoven moment--I know this piece inside and out because my sister practised it relentlessly when she took piano lessons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o5baA0Z9g4

Lastly, one of my all time favourites--back when I was in an orchestral group, the crowning masterpiece of our biggest concert was Haydn's Kinder-Sinfonie:

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the only reason why Veigar is not purist because the music was designed for movies, trailers, ccommerials, mazagines. He's  that famous!

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Hmm, to much music for me to want to listen to it all, so I wont listen to any of em.

Now then, for orchestral music, I like it, but I only really like hearing the same song of it once or twice, maybe more times in my life, but within a year, once or twice usually.

There is one song I really like though, and I have been trying to find it for A VERY LONG TIME, but I don't know what it is called.

Also I hate the word epic, it makes me cringe, and I have no good reasoning as to why.

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I love this kind of music, too.

Carmina Burana is awesome, I hope I can see it live some day :)

One of my favorites are "Immediate Music" and "Globus". Immediate Music is a company making music for movies, trailers, commercials etc and "Globus" takes this music and provides it on concerts and CDs, often with a singer and lyrics.

Immediate Music - Electric Romeo

Globus - Europa (same song as above, but now with lyrics)

"Trans-Siberian Orchestra" also great. It is a project of the Power Metal band "Savatage" (unfortunately Savatage doesn't really exist anymore - they want to concentrate on the TSO...). They mix modern rock/metal music with a classical orchestra.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Carol of the bells (don't mind the video, I just didn't find this song in any other videos in full lengh^^)


Or this... *goosebumbs*

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My Skiing playlist is full of orchestral music- mostly Wagner, Strauss (both of them, actually), Beethoven and... well, the Starfox Assault soundtrack.

I play trombone, so I'm always looking (listening?) for pieces with good horn parts.

And sorry, I don't have any links to any videos or recordings. Just thought I'd join in here...

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