This continent has the technical level closest to the usual fantasy
campaign, so it contains the most, perhaps, obvious music. Most
of the music is epic and heroic and some lyrical.
Krull - James Horner - theres
a lot of versions of this floating about, but the 2 disc one,
while expensive, is the best.
Willow - James Horner
First Knight - Jerry Goldsmith
Dragonheart - Randy Edelman
Legend - Jerry Goldsmith
Cinemas Classic Romances
- Silva Collection (easier to get in UK than US)
Much Ado About Nothing - Patrick
Doyle - soaring and heroic, very easy to underestimate
Henry V - Patrick Doyle
Robin Hood - Geoffrey Burgon
(this is the Patrick Bergin movie)
Brash, epic, brassy scores for the thuggish and crude.
The 13th Warrior - Jerry Goldsmith
(use this also for the Briklings and Bro-an-Mabden pirates)
Warriors of the Silver Screen
- 2 Disc Silva Collection (easier to get in UK than US)
Conan the Barbarian - Basil
Conan the Destroyer - Basil
Poledouris - quite different to the original, so worthy in its
Kull the Conqueror - Joel Goldsmith
Ben Hur - Miklos Rosza
The Ten Commandments - Elmer
The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
- Jerry Goldsmith and Alan Silvestri - may be a bit modern-sounding,
but still very rousing
Summon the Heroes - John Williams
and others - contains Olympic Themes, very good for that chariot
Ben Hur - Carl Davis - this
was commissioned by UKs Channel 4 for the silent film
version. Very good, possibly my favorite background music disc.
Xena and Hercules - Joseph LoDuca
has done a fistful of these, Volumes 1, 2 and 4 of Xena are
recommended and all the Hercules ones. You might want to program
out the Main Themes though.
Spartacus - Alex North.
Vadhagh and Nhadragh
Hamlet - Ennio Morricone - This
is the Mel Gibson version. I love this score, especially the
track The Play which is stark and alien. I use it all the time!
I think my players may be sick of it, actually.
Koyaanisqatsi - Philip Glass
- Philip Glass is a composer of minimalist film music. His scores
are eerie, beautiful, seductive.
Kundun - Philip Glass
You might want to go with a more Celtic feel for the whole campaign,
or at least for certain regions. In that case try:
Rob Roy - Carter Burwell
Braveheart - James Horner
The Devils Own - James
Horner (youll have to program out the songs)
Thanks to their minarets I use Arabian sounds, although I am
aware this is not exactly polite to any Arabic people out there,
so dont take it as a reflection on your culture.
Passion - Peter Gabriel - a
soundtrack to Last Temptation of Christ, not a rock album. Great
The Message/Lion of the Desert
- Maurice Jarre
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
- Roy Budd - very underrated British composer. This is a gem.
Water seems always in movie soundtracks to be suggested by harps.
Heres a few of the more atmospheric ones and/or rousing
Waterworld - James Newton Howard
Atlantis - Eric Serra - French
film but should be widely available internationally. Contains
one or two unfortunate tracks but can be programmed.
The Big Blue - Eric Serra -
as bad track comment above. Also theres an anniversary
edition and a new Disc Two release out. Very atmospheric.
SeaQuest DSV - John Debney -
Debney is very underrated and this is very heroic stuff, although
as usual with over-familiar main themes you may want to program
Cutthroat Island - John Debney