Next I thought it might be interesting to have something less traditional. The genuine music of Egypt has been lost to antiquity, and the music of Howard's Stygia is open to interpretation. One such interpretation can perhaps be heard in the rhythms of Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy's little known masterpiece: The Cobra's Dance.
The shadow of Rome hangs across Howard's creations. In his letters his arguments often invoke the excesses and cruelties of Rome, yet equally Rome's power has served as an inspiration across his tales; it is not by chance that Conan becomes king of Aquilonia, whose citizens - like those of Corinthia, Nemedia, and Koth - take distinctively Latin names.
In Tempus Vernum, Enya was able to achieve a dark magnificence by using a spare Latin chant. The magic of these simple lines makes this an excellent mood piece.
For those willing to accept electric guitars rather than only classical instruments in Hyborian music, here is another version well worth listening to.
I love listening to Gaetir the Mountainkeeper with headphones while reading my Savage Sword of Conan comics. It provides a nice accompaniment to everything from snow-frosted Cimmerian peaks to shadow-haunted Stygian tombs.
Continuing in the same vein, the Swedish symphonic metal band Therion blends operatic symphonies with classic metal instruments. Their lyrics are frequently written by occultist Thomas Karlsson, founder of Dragon Rouge. In their twelfth album, the deep chanting of Sirius B provides a grim counterpoint to the wistful melody, and serves as an excellent background for literary voyages into the Hyborian realms.
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Post by swordofcrom on Nov 19, 2020 1:31:23 GMT -5
While not a score, there are symphonic elements to it; I wrote, sang, and played every instrument on this song which I've just released as part of a Heavy Psychedelic Rock EP. It recounts the story of The Hour of the Dragon (hence the title). The lyrics can be found next to the song title, here's the link: