GAMEPLAY: Classical music in video games – Kingdom Hearts, Gran Turismo and more!

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Classical music has always been part of video games, from the first arcades until today.

Sometimes the pieces appear note for note in a game, and sometimes the music is broken down and rearranged in surprising ways.

We will hear works by Wagner, Debussy, Beethoven and many more!

Generous support for the music heard in this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for technical assistance. Amanda Sewell is IPR’s Music Director. Keith Brown is the host and executive producer of GAMEPLAY.

To listen to the full episode, click the link above! Here is the playlist:

Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Lyndon Holland – Trial Cross-Examination (Aviary Attorney) – Soundtrack

Leo Delibes, arr. Lyndon Holland – Severin Cocorico (Aviary Attorney) – Soundtrack

Richard Wagner, arr. Wouter Hutschenruyter – Ride of the Valkyries – Buffalo Philharmonic/JoAnn Falletta

Scott Joplin – The Entertainer (Gran Turismo 5) – Lang Lang, piano

Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Gran Turismo 5) – Lang Lang, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Nobuko Toda – Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” (Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance) – Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra

Claude Debussy, arr. Dan Golding – “Minstrels” from Preludes, Book 1 (Untitled Goose Game) – Dan Golding, piano

Claude Debussy, arr. Dan Golding – “The Hills of Anacapri” from Preludes, Book 1 (Untitled Goose Game) – Dan Golding, piano

Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Lyndon Holland – Lander Hagelslak (Aviary Attorney) – Soundtrack

Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Jeremy Noghani – Aquarium (Aviary Attorney) – Soundtrack

Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Lyndon Holland – Baron Rorgueil (Aviary Attorney) – Soundtrack

Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Shoji Meguro – The Cabin on Poultry Legs (Baba-Yaga) (Catherine) – Soundtrack

George Frederick Handel, arr. Shoji Meguro – Hallelujah Chorus (Catherine) – Soundtrack

Takayuki Aihara – Sixth Chapter ~ Sky (Drakengard) – Soundtrack

Takayuki Aihara – Seere’s Prayer ~ Sky (Drakengard) – Soundtrack

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Paul Helman – Queen of the Night (Horace) – Soundtrack

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Paul Helman – Papageno (Horace) – Soundtrack

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