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    I'm talking about video games (mostly Strategy) like:
    - Civilization IV, V and Colonization
    - Europa Universalis II
    - Hearts of Iron (I)
    - Victoria

    That have pieces from Brahms, Dvorak, Beethoven, Bach, Beriot, Saint Saens, Mussorgsky and others' works.

    Do you know any other video game with this kind of music?

    I'm going to continue this thread and show you how nice pieces these games have.

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    Let's Start with Victoria (it attracts me to classic music):

    - Haydn: 'Emperor' String Quartet (the famous movement)
    - Mozart: Kyrie Eleison
    - Mozart: Dies Irae
    - 3 pieces by Richard Hayman
    - Berwald: Symphony no. 3? (1 movement)
    - Verdi: Aida Overtures, two opera pieces from Requiem
    - Hector Berlioz: 2 pieces from 'The Damnation of Faust'
    - J.Struass II: Napoleon March, Tritsch Tratsch polka and another
    - Richard Wagner: Imperial March and Rule Britannia
    - Some marches from Sousa
    - Mendelssohn's 4th symphony (last movement)
    - Bizet: Carmen's most famous piece

    And all are Naxos recordings.

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    I'm trying to make a list of Classical music Pieces used in Video Games, Piano in particular.

    Only one I know is the album released by Lang Lang - Gran Turismo 5 OST

    1. Franz Liszt: Liebestraum No.1 Hohe Liebe
    2. Chopin: Etude In E Major Op.10 No.3 arrangement
    3. J. S. Bach: Air On The G String / from Orchestral Suite No. 3 - arrangement
    4. Gustav Holst: The Planets Op. 32 Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity - arrangement
    5. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker,
    6. Chopin: Polonaise Op. 40 No. 1, Military Polonaise
    7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.17 in D minor Op. 31/2, The Tempest Largo Allegro
    8. Scott Joplin: The Entertainer * (featured in car setting scene)
    9. Chopin: Waltz in D Flat Major Op.64 No.1, Minute Waltz
    10. Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.7 in B Flat Major Op. 83, Precipitato * (opening sequence)
    11. J. S. Bach: Jesus, Joy of Man s Desiring , Chorale from Cantata No.147 *
    If any of you familiar with other tracks / OST, please post below.

    Thanks in Advance

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    Beethoven Moonlight Sonata - Resident Evil 1

    Chopin Revolution (Étude In C Minor Op. 10 No. 12) - Eternal Sonata
    Chopin Tristesse (Étude In E Major Op. 10 No. 3) - Eternal Sonata
    Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu - Eternal Sonata
    Chopin Rain Drops - Eternal Sonata
    Chopin Grande Valse Brilliante (Valse In E-Flat Major Op. 18) - Eternal Sonata
    Chopin Nocturne (Nocturne in E-Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2) - Eternal Sonata
    Chopin Heroic Polonaise (Polonaise No. 6 "Heroique" A-Sharp Op. 53) - Eternal Sonata

    Chopin Nocturne op.9 no.1 - Phantom Dust

    Chopin Fantasy Impromptu - Clock Tower 3

    Chopin Funeral March - Hanjuku Hero VS 3D Original Soundtrack

    Chopin Revolutionary Etude - Catherine







    There so many. Just use:

    http://vgmdb.net/db/main.php

    And type a composer in like Beethoven and than use the website and youtube to research.

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    Thank you for the list (especially for that link).

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    There was a game called Parodius for SNES, about twenty years ago. It featured some classical music pieces, such as:

    Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
    Khachaturian - Sabre Dance
    Tchaikovsky - Flower Waltz

    And probably some others too, but I don't remember.
    Last edited by Andreas; Jul-01-2012 at 12:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas View Post
    There was a game called Parodius for SNES, about twenty years ago. It featured some classical music pieces, such as:

    Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
    Khachaturian - Sabre Dance
    Tchaikovsky - Flower Waltz

    And probably some others too, but I don't remember.
    That game was awesome!

    Here's a full list of the classical music used btw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parodius_music

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    Tetris on the old NES had a dance from Nutcracker as a selection.

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    An ancient MSDOS game called Superfly used the Prelude in C Minor from Bach's WTC on the title screen.



    That was my first exposure to the Prelude.

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    Satie's first gymnopedie is the menu music for Symphony. Not a great version of it though.

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    Some time ago I've advocated the creation of a list that'd group such games on MobyGames website:
    http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/...lassical-music

    I've added several titles.
    Sadly, often even in game manuals there's no mention of the pieces used, composers' names get listed at best. Sometimes you have to rely solely on your ears and musical experience.


    Just as with films, classical music can be used in games to a great effect of setting the mood. Think about playing a strategy wargame as a XVIIc. monarch, listening to relaxing baroque concertos while you... crush a rebellion!

    What's surprising, is that it can also be used for comical effect.
    The best example would be Return Fire. Do yourself a favor and find a clip on YouTube
    Last edited by Rola; May-27-2013 at 04:17.

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    Civilization II played Beethoven's funeral march from his 3rd symphony whenever you destroyed a civilization, also the choral anthem of the 9th symphony when there was a holiday dedicated to you, I think.
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    An old DOS game called Dark Legions uses the melody of Rachmaninoff's Prelude Op. 3 No. 2.
    I didn't know the Rachmaninoff piece back when I played this game, but I never forgot the melody, and many years later I found out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNherpNAhnw

    World of Warcraft uses the melody of Chopin Nocturne Op. 27 No. 1 for one of the background tunes in the Outland area.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHBkRWlW2ns

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    The Napoleonic Wars mod pack for Mount & Blade: Warband has some great Mozart and Beethoven pieces in the soundtrack, including the 9th symphony of old Ludwig Van.

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    My findings from Wargasm (no, I'm not making up that title), excerpts from:

    -Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 "Choral" (Ode to Joy), Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92
    -Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March from Twilight of the Gods
    -Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3.

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