YourClassical Adventures

Video Games and Classical Music, Part 2

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YourClassical Adventures: Episode 83 - Video Games and Classical Music Pt. 2

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April 30, 2022

Part 2 of a two-part episode: Video game music has evolved over time from simple 8-bit tones to classical-music masterpieces. Join host Liz Lyon as we listen to some video-game compositions that have made a name for themselves in the world of classical music.

Episode 83 playlist


Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori: Halo Theme — For the theme from Halo, composer Martin O’Donnell was inspired by the Beatles’ song “Yesterday.” This particular piece was arranged by composer and sound designer Pascal Michael Stiefel.

LISTEN — Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori: Halo Theme

Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori: Halo Theme



Koji Kondo: The Legend of Zelda Theme — This song appears in every game in The Legend of Zelda series in one way or another. Either as the main theme, mixed in with a different piece of music or through brief cameo appearances in certain parts of the game.

LISTEN — Koji Kondo: The Legend of Zelda Theme

Koji Kondo: The Legend of Zelda Theme



Austin Wintory: Journey, I Was Born for This — This is the final track of the official Journey soundtrack, which plays over the ending credits of the game. The lyrics are written in five languages, all of which were borrowed from various historical documents and works of poetry. The title, “I Was Born for This,” is a translation of a quote attributed to Joan of Arc.

LISTEN — Austin Wintory: Journey, I Was Born For This

Austin Wintory: Journey, I Was Born For This



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