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    Hi there. I've recently become obsessed with the few tracks of this stuff I have, and I'd love to hear more in the same vein as the following:

    "O Fortuna"
    "Duel of the Fates" (Star Wars: Episode I)
    "Arthur's Farewell" (First Knight)

    Any recommendations would be much appreciated by this newcomer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Free Man View Post
    Hi there. I've recently become obsessed with the few tracks of this stuff I have, and I'd love to hear more in the same vein as the following:

    "O Fortuna"
    "Duel of the Fates" (Star Wars: Episode I)
    "Arthur's Farewell" (First Knight)

    Any recommendations would be much appreciated by this newcomer!
    Here are some choral works you might like:

    Bach - Mass in B Minor
    Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem)
    Mozart - Requiem

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    Have you heard Verdi's Requiem? The Dies-Irae and Tuba Mirum are both powerful and almost scary!
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    First of all, if you're interested in the Star Wars music, check out The Planets Suite by Holst. Williams borrowed a lot from that when he composed that particular score, and you can tell (i.e. Mars => Duel of the Fates).

    If you're interested in film music (as you may have indicated), check out:

    * "Descent into Mystery" from the original Batman (1989) score-- Danny Elfman

    * The Lord of the Rings soundtrack (any of them, particularly the first)-- Howard Shore

    * "Transylvania 1887" and "Journey to Transylvania" from the Van Helsing soundtrack-- Alan Silvestri

    * Sleepy Hollow soundtrack-- Danny Elfman

    As far as more traditional classical, try out Bruckner's Te Deum (not what I would really call "scary," but may be close to what you're looking for), and the choral version of "In the Hall of the Mountain King," from Grieg's Peer Gynt.. Anyhow, that should keep you busy for a while.

    Also, keep in mind that the dark, creepy music isn't all that's out there. Explore.

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    Dark choral music? Try Pärt or Górecki, or your fellow countryman Sir Tavener.

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    Run a google search for "The trout quintet"

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    Thanks for these, and thanks in advance for any others you recommend me. I'll check these out, and let you know what I think!

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    Oh yeah...

    This also just came to mind. If you like O Fortuna, you may want to check into a piece called The Ring, by...Wagner (I believe, someone please correct me if I'm wrong). It's not a choral piece, but is definitely something to check out if you're looking for some "dark" music. Just as a hint, it was played as one of the main themes (along with O Fortuna) on the film Excalibur, if you've seen it.

    And also, perhaps Liszt's Faust Symphony.

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    This vocal work is gorgeous... Moving and Powerful too.

    http://www.dorian.com/store/scripts/prodList.asp

    Victoria: tenebrae Responsories (DOR-93256)

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    Sorry , forgot to say that it is by the Ensemble Corund!

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    My suggestion is Eric Whitacre's Water Night. Nuff' said

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    Sibelius' Kullervo.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Go to:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EK_0...x=0&playnext=1



    These 3 passages are particularly loud and dramatic:
    Tuba Mirum
    Rex Tremendae
    Lacrymosa

    I encourage you to listen to all of it


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    Default Did you find any more you liked?

    I don't know if it's "dark," but Craig Armstrong's O Verona from Romeo + Juliet reminds me of O Fortuna.

    If you're still watching this thread, let us know what you found!

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    Some of Gesualdo's motets are rather dark. Even though I've only heard a handful, I already like them more than the madrigals. Anyone know of anything else in the vein of the "Tribulationem et dolorem"?

    Monteverdi's vocal works might also make for good listening if you want something full, rich, and emotive.

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