Music in the Civilization video game series

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The music in the Civilization video game series has been composed by various composers.

Civilization[edit]

The soundtrack of the original Civilization game was available in digital MIDI format. Most of original tunes were composed by Jeff Briggs, while others were taken from traditional or classic compositions, referring to each national culture (civilization) represented in the game. The same music used for the Aztecs was also applied to the Barbarians whenever they invaded a city.

Besides the main theme, sometimes known as "Civilization Opening Theme", other tunes used in the game were Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the "leader's day" celebration in cities, as well as the Funeral March from Beethoven's Third Symphony.

Civilization II[edit]

Civilization II's music is in the Red Book CD-audio format, the same as that found on normal music CDs. The songs are quite varied; some are from the 19th century classical era, such as the Blue Danube Waltz, while others have a tribal, tropical sound to them. The music can be played back through any CD-ROM drive. Over 200 MB of space on the Civilization II CD is taken up by the music, 280 MB is occupied by the videos (many of them are historical footages), whereas the actual program data takes up less than 30 MB.

The five different releases of Civilization II have added and subtracted tracks from the mix, with Fantastic Worlds containing the largest number of tracks of all releases.

Wonders of the World Music

Whenever a player builds a Wonder of the World, a short video with music is played. The music is often taken from other sources:

Most videos, however, feature original compositions with often discernible inspiration,[1] either from Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ:

  • Pyramids – "The Feeling Begins"
  • Great Wall of China – "Gethsemane"
  • Sun Tzu's War Academy – "Gethsemane"

Trevor Jones' and Randy Edelman's soundtrack to The Last of the Mohicans (1992):

  • Colossus – main title
  • Great Lighthouse – "Elk Hunt"
  • Marco Polo's Embassy – "Promontory"
  • Magellan's Expedition – "Fort Battle"
  • United Nations – "The Glade"

Or various other sources:

  • Oracle – Theme from Harry's Game by Clannad
  • Women's Suffrage – Swinging at the Daisy Chain by the Count Basie Orchestra
  • Hoover Dam – a remix version of "Arkham Bridge" from the soundtrack of the PC game Mechwarrior 2 Ghost Bears Legacy by Gregory Alper & Jeehun Hwang.
  • Manhattan Project – I Had My Chance by Morphine
  • Apollo Program – Telegraph Road by Dire Straits

Civilization III[edit]

Civilization III is a 2001 strategy game from Firaxis Games. As the game progresses, the music changes to reflect the era. There are five different mixes that represent the five major cultural groupings of the Civs in the game (European, North American, Middle Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Asian).

During diplomatic negotiations with leaders of other civilizations, there are both aggressive and passive tracks for each culture grouping that play depending on the mood of the civilization the player negotiates with. All the music in the game is stored in MP3 format.[2]

Civilization IV[edit]

Civilization IV Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album
Released 2005; 12 years ago (2005)

The music of the computer game Civilization IV features a large variety of tracks both original and historical, from Gregorian chants to modern minimalism, and makes extensive use of classical music as well as both world music and folk music. Such a focus on the soundtrack and the inclusion of classical, world and folk music are rare among games, though relatively common for strategy games. Original music was created for the expansion Civilization IV: Warlords and includes specifically themed music for each of the several scenarios, and several new Leader pieces. Civilization IV: Warlords also uses music from Civilization III to fill out some of the areas overlooked in the original Civilization IV, such as music for the "classical" period, and adds eastern music for the Asian scenarios. All tracks are stored on the hard drive in mp3 format, making them perfectly usable outside the game.

Overview[edit]

Original music was composed by Jeff Briggs, Mark Cromer, Michael Curran, and Christopher Tin. Featured composers include John Adams, Gregorio Allegri, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antoine Brumel, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Francisco de la Torre, Josquin des Prez, Antonín Dvořák, Orlande de Lassus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Ockeghem, Michael Praetorius, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Camille Saint-Saëns and John Sheppard.

Each of the game's time periods has its own set of background music appropriate for the period. The Ancient and Classical ages are limited to four original tracks that mostly focus on ambience and primitive instruments such as drums and the flute. The Middle Ages feature medieval and renaissance music, both instrumental and chants, such as Kyrie by Ockeghem. The renaissance era uses baroque and classical music by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach. The soundtrack to the industrial period focuses on romantic music by Brahms, Dvořák and Beethoven, with one track each from Saint-Saëns and Rimsky-Korsakov. The modern age's music is composed exclusively of music by American minimalist composer John Adams. Orchestral samples in the game are from the Vienna Symphonic Library, which features recordings of classical music by members of the Vienna Philharmonic.[3]

Each leader has his or her own theme music as well, and each leitmotif has three variants, corresponding to different periods in the game. These are shorter and simpler pieces, from just under 40 seconds to three minutes. Each reflects the leader or country in question: Roosevelt's music is the Marines' Hymn, and Napoleon's is based on La Marseillaise. Some are renditions of famous pieces of classical music, such as Frederick's piece, which is a paraphrase of the fourth of the Goldberg Variations, or Bismarck's, which is the opening theme of the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. Others, such as Mao Zedong and Alexander the Great have music that has been modified from earlier games, such as Civilization III.

The theme song is "Coronation" composed by Christopher Tin, and the main menu music is "Baba Yetu", also composed by him. The latter features lyrics based on a Swahili adaptation of the Lord's Prayer by Chris Kiagiri. Vocals were performed by Stanford Talisman.[4]

Music[edit]

Stanford Talisman performs all the pieces written by Christopher Tin. The other tracks (especially the polyphony from the Medieval section) are performed by a variety of groups, who are not credited on the original soundtrack.[5]

Music in Civilization IV
Title Artist/Composer Other Information
Coronation Christopher Tin Intro video theme song
Baba Yetu Christopher Tin Menu theme (sung in Swahili). Won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Al Nadda Rahbani brothers Warlords menu theme (Lebanese, sung in Arabic)
Asoka Jeff Briggs, Mark Cromer Indian leader theme
Alexander Jeff Briggs, Roger Briggs, Mark Cromer Alexander the Great's theme
Mansa Musa Michael Curran Mansa Musa's theme
Saladin Mark Cromer Saladin's theme
Huang Shi Ti Ancient folk tune, Jeff Briggs, Mark Cromer Huang Shi Ti's theme
Huayna Capac Jeff Briggs, Michael Curran Huayna Capac's theme
Washington's Artillery Retreat Michael Curran, Mark Cromer, Jeff Briggs Washington's theme
Harvest of the Nile Hatshepsut's and Ramesses's theme
 ? Joao II's theme
Tenochtitlan Revealed Montezuma's theme
Hammurabi's Code Cyrus's and Darius's theme
The Shining Path Jeff Briggs, Mark Cromer Mao Zedong's theme
Augustus Rises Julius Caesar's theme
Marines' Hymn Roosevelt's theme
Malagueña Ernesto Lecuona, Mark Cromer Isabella's theme
La Marseillaise Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle Napoleon's and De Gaulle's theme
Harpsichord Sonata K.380 "The Hunt" Domenico Scarlatti Louis XIV's theme
Sakura Sakura Traditional Japanese (Edo period), Jeff Briggs, Mark Cromer Tokugawa's theme
The fourth of the Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach Frederick's theme
The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven Bismarck's theme
The Song of the Volga Boatmen Mily Balakirev, Jeff Briggs Peter the Great's and Stalin's theme
Fanfare-Rondeau Jean-Joseph Mouret Elizabeth's theme
Rule Britannia Thomas Arne Victoria's and Churchill's theme
Mongol Internationale Magsarshawyn Durgarshaw (Mongol National Anthem), Jeff Briggs Kublai Khan's and Genghis Khan's theme
Fear an Dùin Mhòir  ? [6] Brennus and Boudica's theme
Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119 Johann Sebastian Bach Barbarian theme
"Rock & Roll" Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground 'Rock and Roll' wonder construction theme
The Alla Hornpipe from the Water Music Suite in D Major George Frideric Handel "Default Peace Music"
The White-Haired Woman Yan Jinxuan "Chinese Unification" theme music
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky Hall of Glory theme music
Conquests Fantasy 1 & 2 unknown Warlords soundtrack music
First Delphic Hymn Athenaios Athenaiou "Classical Age" background music
Miserere Gregorio Allegri "Medieval Age" background music
Ay Santa Maria Anonymous "Medieval Age" background music
La Gamba Anonymous "Medieval Age" background music
Missa Et ecce terrae motus. Gloria Antoine Brumel "Medieval Age" background music; performed by the Tallis Choir
Deus Judex Justus Chant "Medieval Age" background music
Laudate Chant "Medieval Age" background music
Regem cui omnia vivunt Chant "Medieval Age" background music
La Spagna: Danza alta Francisco de la Torre "Medieval Age" background music
El grillo Josquin des Prez "Medieval Age" background music. Performed by Capilla Flamenca.
Lamentatio super morte Josquin des Pres (O mors inevitabilis) Jheronimus Vinders "Medieval Age" background music
Alma Redemptoris Mater Orlande de Lassus "Medieval Age" background music
Intemerata Johannes Ockeghem "Medieval Age" background music
Kyrie Johannes Ockeghem "Medieval Age" background music
Recercada Tercera Diego Ortiz "Medieval Age" background music
Missa Papae Marcelli: II. Gloria Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina "Medieval Age" background music. Performed by Oxford Camerata.
Missa Papae Marcelli: III. Credo Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina "Medieval Age" background music. Performed by Oxford Camerata.
Ballet du Roy from Terpsichore Michael Praetorius "Medieval Age" background music
Bransle Gay / Bransle de Montirade from Terpsichore Michael Praetorius "Medieval Age" background music
Volte from Terpsichore Michael Praetorius "Medieval Age" background music
Media Vita John Sheppard "Medieval Age" background music. Performed by the Tallis Scholars.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051: I. Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: V. Menuet I and II Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010: V. Bourrée I and II Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: III. Allegro Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai Johann Sebastian Bach "Renaissance Age" background music
Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40 Ludwig van Beethoven "Renaissance Age" background music
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto Ludwig van Beethoven "Renaissance Age" background music
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando Ludwig van Beethoven "Renaissance Age" background music
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466: II. Romance Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Renaissance Age" background music
Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, K. 361 – "Gran Partita": III. Adagio Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Renaissance Age" background music
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 – "Jupiter": II. Andante cantabile Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Renaissance Age" background music
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: II. Andante con moto Ludwig van Beethoven "Industrial Age" background music
Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastoral", Op. 68: I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo Ludwig van Beethoven "Industrial Age" background music
Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastoral", Op. 68: II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso Ludwig van Beethoven "Industrial Age" background music
Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor Johannes Brahms "Industrial Age" background music
Hungarian Dance No. 16 in F minor Johannes Brahms "Industrial Age" background music
Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major Johannes Brahms "Industrial Age" background music
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: II. Andante Johannes Brahms "Industrial Age" background music
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto Johannes Brahms "Industrial Age" background music
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B 83 (after piano 4-hands version): No. 3 in A-flat major Antonín Dvořák "Industrial Age" background music
Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B 83 (after piano 4-hands version): No. 7 in C minor Antonín Dvořák "Industrial Age" background music
Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B 147: No. 2 (10) in E minor Antonín Dvořák "Industrial Age" background music
Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B 147: No. 4 (12) in D-flat major Antonín Dvořák "Industrial Age" background music
Suite in A major "American", Op. 98b, B 190: I. Andante con moto Antonín Dvořák "Industrial Age" background music
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B 178, "From the New World": II. Largo Antonín Dvořák "Industrial Age" background music
Scheherazade, Op. 35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov "Industrial Age" background music
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33: II: Allegretto con moto Camille Saint-Saëns "Industrial Age" background music
Christian Zeal and Activity John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Common Tones in Simple Time John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Grand Pianola Music: Part 1A John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Grand Pianola Music: Part 1B John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Harmonielehre: Part I John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Harmonielehre: Part II. The Anfortas Wound John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Harmonielehre: Part III. Meister Eckhardt and Quackie John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Shaker Loops: I. Shaking And Trembling John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Shaker Loops: II. Hymning Slews John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Shaker Loops: III. Loops And Verses John Adams "Modern Age" background music
The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra John Adams "Modern Age" background music, also heard during credits
The People Are The Heroes Now (from Nixon in China) John Adams "Modern Age" background music, also heard during credits
Two Fanfares: Tromba Lontana John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Violin Concerto: II. Chaconne: Body Through Which The Dream Flows John Adams "Modern Age" background music

Civilization V[edit]

The soundtrack of Civilization V contains many hours of licensed music as well as an original score of primarily leader music written by Geoff Knorr and Michael Curran. The original score features new compositions as well as folk songs and famous compositions. Some of the songs in the game were released as a 2-disc soundtrack as part of the Deluxe Edition.[7] The track listing of the soundtrack is:[8]

  1. Alexander Peace – Greece – "Epitaph of Seikilos" 6:44
  2. Alexander War – Greece – "Epitaph of Seikilos" 5:06
  3. Askia Peace – Songhai – "Gambia Folk Song" 3:47
  4. Askia War – Songhai – "Gambia Folk Song" 5:02
  5. Bismarck Peace – Germany – "Ode to Joy" 5:35
  6. Bismarck War – Germany – "Ode to Joy" 4:52
  7. Caesar Peace – Rome – "Ancient Roman Melody Fragments" 4:37
  8. Caesar War – Rome – "Ancient Roman Melody Fragments" 5:43
  9. Catherine Peace – Russia – "Montagues and Capulets" 4:07
  10. Catherine War – Russia – "Montagues and Capulets" 4:17
  11. Darius I Peace – Persia – "Morghe Sahar" 5:16
  12. Darius I War – Persia – "Morghe Sahar" 5:49
  13. Elizabeth Peace – England – "I Vow to Thee, My Country" 5:23
  14. Elizabeth War – England – "I Vow to Thee, My Country" 5:05
  15. Gandhi Peace – India – "Raga Asa" 5:15
  16. Gandhi War – India – "Raga Asa" 3:48
  17. Harun al-Rashid Peace – Arabia – "Thikriati; Hijaz Maqam" 6:23
  18. Harun al-Rashid War – Arabia – "Thikriati; Hijaz Maqam" 4:47
  19. Napoleon Peace – France – "Cancan" 3:06
  20. Napoleon War – France – "Cancan" 4:25
  21. Oda Nobunaga Peace – Japan – "Rokudan no Shirabe" 5:44
  22. Oda Nobunaga War – Japan – "Rokudan no Shirabe" 5:56
  23. Civilization V Opening Movie Music 3:31
  24. Civilization V Opening Menu Music 5:17
  25. Ramesses II War – Egypt – "Ancient Egyptian Melody Fragments" 3:50
  26. Suleiman Peace – Ottoman Empire – "Ceddin Deden" 5:05
  27. Suleiman War – Ottoman Empire – "Ceddin Deden" 5:08
  28. Washington Peace – America – "America the Beautiful" 3:13
  29. Washington War – America – "America the Beautiful" 3:42
  30. Wu Zetian Peace – China – "Gao Shan Liu Shui" 4:40

However, some leader themes, city state themes, and the ambient music are omitted from the soundtrack.

Leaders themes not included in soundtrack:

The full list of licensed music is as follows:[9]

  • 12/20/82 SONG Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
  • AIR AND OTHER INVISIBLE FORCES Performed by Michael Askill
  • AL KHAYAM Performed by Bashir Abdel Al
  • AMAN Performed by Michael Askill & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • ARIA OF SNOW Performed by China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra
  • ARIDDA WAL NOOR Performed by Bashir Abdel Al
  • ATUM III Performed by Michael Atherton
  • ATUM V Performed by Michael Atherton
  • AUTUMN FANTASY Performed by Nanae Yoshimura
  • BALLATA SINFONICA (II) Written by Akira Ifukube
  • BLACKFOOT NIGHTS, Courtesy of Global Journey Ltd. 2010
  • BRIDE MEETING TUNE OF BOLU Performed by Hüseyin Türkmenler
  • BROTHER HUNTER Performed by Dijvan Gasparian
  • CANYON REVERIE Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
  • CATFISH MUSE Written by R. Carlos Nakai,
  • CHEYENNE PRAIRIE, Courtesy of Global Journey Ltd. 2010
  • CHOS, Courtesy of Lyrichord, Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
  • COLORFUL CLOUDS CHASING THE MOON Performed by China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra
  • CONCERTO FOR SITAR & ORCHESTRA - FOURTH MOVEMENT: RAGA MANJ KHAMAJ, Written by Ravi Shankar
  • CONCERTO FOR SITAR & ORCHESTRA - SECOND MOVEMENT: RAGA SINDHI BHAIRAVI Written by Ravi Shankar
  • CONCERTO TURCO NOMINATO Written by Gian Battista Toderini
  • COOL WATER Written and Performed by Michael Askill & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • CRESCENT MOON Written and Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • DAYBREAK VISION Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
  • DESERT WIND Written and Performed by Michael Askill & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • DREAM OF THE NAVAJO, Courtesy of Global Journey Ltd. 2010
  • EGDONHEATH Written by Gustav Holst
  • ETENRAKU NOKORIGAKU SANBEN Performed by Tokyo Gakuso
  • FANTASIA A 3 NO. 6 Written by Gibbons, Orlando
  • FAR FROM THE WATER Written by James DeMars
  • FETE-DIEU A SEVILLE Written by Isaac Albeniz
  • FLYING BIRD Performed by Bashir Abdel Al
  • GAWAZI Written and Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • GHIZEMLI Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • THE GOLDSMITHS Written and Performed by Michael Askill & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • HAMMERSMITH Written by Gustav Holst
  • HARU-ICHIBAN PT.1 Written and Performed by Joji Hirota
  • HARVEST Written and Performed by Joji Hirota
  • INNER VOICES Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
  • I. NOCTURNE Written by Akira Ifukube
  • IN THE MANGER Written by Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail Mikhaylovich
  • İSTANBUL'DAN GÖRÜNTÜLER Performed by Brian Keane & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • ITSUTSU NO SHOHIN: NISHIKIGI NI YOSETE (FIVE SKETCHES: ON NISHIKIGI), AIDAMA: INDIGO BALL Performed by Nanae Yoshimura
  • ITSUTSU NO SHOHIN: NISHIKIGI NI YOSETE (FIVE SKETCHES: ON NISHIKIGI), MOEGI: YELLOWISH GREEN Performed by Nanae Yoshimura
  • ITSUTSU NO SHOHIN: NISHIKIGI NI YOSETE (FIVE SKETCHES: ON NISHIKIGI), RURI: LAPIS LAZULI Performed by Nanae Yoshimura
  • JACH'S MARKA, Traditional, Courtesy of Fortuna Records
  • JOYFUL NIGHT Performed by China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra
  • KANGEN: HYOJO NO NETORI Performed by Tokyo Gakuso
  • KHET Performed by Michael Atherton
  • KOKOPELLI WIND Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
  • LA FILLE AUX Written by Claude Debussy
  • MAAT Written and Performed by Michael Atherton
  • MARCH OF THE BEY'S, Anonymous, Courtesy of Hungaton
  • MATSURA PART 1 Written by Yuzo Toyama
  • MATSURA PART 2 Written by Yuzo Toyama
  • MIYAJIMA Performed by Synergy
  • MORNING LOVE (BASED ON RAGA NATA-BHAIRAVI) Written and Performed by Ravi Shankar
  • A MOUNTAIN VILLAGE IN A SPRING MORNING Performed by China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra
  • MUSASHI MAI UCHI Performed by Joji Hirota
  • NARA Written and Performed by Charbel Rouhana
  • NAY SOLO Performed by Mohammed Foda
  • NORTHERN FOREST Performed by China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra
  • OUR TOWN Performed by Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Written by Aaron Copland
  • PAGEANT Written and Performed by Joji Hirota
  • PAISAJE MEXICANO from The Latin American Sketches, Written by Aaron Copland
  • PAKISTANI SUFI RHYTHM Composed and Performed R A Fish
  • PANIS ANGELICUS Written by Cesar Franck
  • PESREVIN RASTMODE Written by Dimitrie Cantemir
  • RAGA MALA - GARLAND OF RAGAS (SITAR CONCERTO NO. 2) - II. BAIRAGI (MODERATO) Written by Ravi Shankar
  • RAGA MALA - GARLAND OF RAGAS (SITAR CONCERTO NO. 2) - III. YAMAN KALYAN (MODERATO) Written by Ravi Shankar
  • RAQSAT ALBEDOI Performed by Ahmed Mukhtar
  • THE RED PONY Written by Aaron Copland
  • REWIND Written and Performed by Charbel Rouhana
  • SALOME'S ENTRANCE Written and Performed by Michael Askill
  • SALUTE TO THE SUN Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • SENBURGAZ CIFTETELLISI Performed by Ahmet Kusgöz Ve Arkadaslari
  • SEOTO Performed by Nanae Yoshimura
  • SETT NO.1 FANTASIA Written by William Lawes
  • SHEN Written and Performed by Michael Atherton
  • SHINRABANSYO Courtesy of Black Sun Records
  • SOLO FOR THE UD, Courtesy of Hungaton
  • SONG FOR THE MORNING STAR Written by R. Carlos Nakai
  • SUITE NO.5 IN C M Written by Johann Mattheson
  • SUFI HOUSE Written and Performed by Michael Askill & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • SUFI MOMENTS Written and Performed by Ahmed Mukhtar
  • SULTAN OF THE HEARTS Written and Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • TAKEDA'S POEM Performed by Synergy
  • THE TENDER LAND Written by Aaron Copland
  • UNDER DESERT STARS Written and Performed by Michael Askill & Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • WHEN I AM LAID IN EARTH Written by Henry Purcell
  • WHIRLING DERVISH RHYTHM Composed and Performed by R A Fish
  • WINTER SOLSTICE Written and Performed by R. Carlos Nakai
  • WISSAL Written and Performed by Charbel Rouhana
  • WOODSONG C Written by R. Carlos Nakai, arrangement by Billy Williams
  • YALEL Written and Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  • YUNUS Written and Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek

The following tracks are courtesy of APM Music, LLC:

  • ANCIENT FORCES
  • ANGEL OR DEVIL
  • ANGKOR
  • APOCALYPSE WARRIOR
  • ARABIA C
  • BAD TURBULENCE
  • BIOGENESIS
  • BLOOMING
  • BRIGHT COLOURS
  • CARAJAS
  • COLD AND MASSIVE
  • COLD FLOATING
  • COLD MENACE
  • COLD WAITING
  • DAMAGED LANDS
  • DARK LANDSCAPES
  • DARK VOYAGE
  • DARK CURRENTS
  • DISTURBING FUSION
  • DRAGON DANCE
  • DYNASTIES OF POWER
  • THE DYNASTY BEGINS
  • ELLIPSE
  • THE ENLIGHTENED ONE
  • THE ETERNAL QUESTION A
  • FEARFUL STEPS
  • THE FINAL COMBAT
  • FLAME TREE
  • THE FLOATING TEMPLE
  • FLOATING TEXTURE
  • FLOWER ELEGY
  • FRAGILE LANDS
  • FUTURE VICTORY
  • GOLDEN TEMPLE
  • GONE
  • GREAT WALL OF CHINA
  • HEAVY GURGLING
  • HIDDEN FORCES
  • HIGHLANDS OF TIBET
  • HOLY WATER VESSEL
  • HONOURED WAYS
  • INDIAN
  • INDIAN BRAVE
  • INFANT EMPEROR
  • IRIRI
  • JURUA
  • KAMBU
  • KAPMAI
  • LANTERN GARDEN
  • THE LAST HERO
  • LAST INVASION
  • LIGHT WAVE
  • LITTLE SUSPENSE
  • LIVES AND SECRETS
  • LOST TO THE WORLD 1
  • LOST EMPEROR
  • LUXURIANT TORPOR
  • MANITOU
  • MAN OF SORROW
  • MARAJO
  • MINIATURE
  • MOTHER GANGES
  • NANG NAHK
  • NERVOUS TREMORS
  • NO RESTING PLACE
  • OF ANCIENT WALLS
  • OLD WOMAN'S LAMENT
  • PANIC FEAR
  • PERSISTING WRIGGLING
  • PHATCHA
  • PRIMITIVE MARCH
  • PUTUMAYO
  • QUEST FOR PEACE
  • QUIET COURAGE
  • RABUM NOKYOUNG
  • RESTLESS SLEEP
  • ROLLING TONE
  • SAHARAN VISTAS
  • SAI TAR SINLAPIN
  • SECLUSION
  • THE SENSES AWAKEN
  • SHADOW
  • SIGNS OF LIFE
  • SLOW FALL
  • SOLO FLUTE 2
  • SONG OF THE IMPERIAL THRONE
  • SONG OF THE PLAINS
  • STIRRING
  • SUKHOTHAI
  • SUNSET JOURNEY
  • TAJ MAHAL AGRA, INDIA A
  • TERRE VIBRANTE
  • THAR DESERT
  • THREE GREAT RIVERS
  • TIDE OF DESTRUCTION
  • TO DISCOVER
  • TRAGIC ACTION
  • TRIBAL BREATH
  • TRIBAL TENSION
  • TROMBETAS
  • UNSTABLE
  • URUCU
  • VI DAM
  • VILLAGE MORNING
  • VOICES OF WAR
  • WHERE EAGLES FLY
  • WHERE AND WHY
  • WILD FORCE
  • WINDSONG1
  • WINDSONG4
  • WINDSONG5
  • WINDSONG8
  • A WILD BEAUTY (A)
  • A WILD BEAUTY (B)
  • XINGU

The following are courtesy of Dewolfe Music:

  • ADAGIO MONOCHORD
  • AMARYLLIS SUITE
  • AMARYLLIS SUITE SARABANDE
  • AMERICAN DREAMS
  • AT REST
  • A WINTERS TALE
  • CARMEN SUITE PRELUDE
  • CHANSON
  • DUSK
  • ELEGY
  • EPITAPH
  • FIELD OF POPPIES
  • FINAL JUDGEMENT
  • FOXTON LOCK
  • FRAGILE TRUCE
  • LACRIMAE
  • MISSING LN ACTION
  • MISTS OF TIME
  • NEW PEER GYNT SUITE NO. 1 OP. 46
  • NIGHT RAGA
  • PAST MYSTERIES
  • PIANO CONCERTO LN A MINOR OP. 1 6
  • RIVER SUNRISE
  • SUMMERLDYLL
  • SYMPHONY NO .9 FREE THE NEW WORLD
  • SYMPHONY NO .5
  • TRAGEDY
  • YERUSHOLAYIM

Gods & Kings[edit]

The Civilization V expansion, Gods & Kings, includes the soundtrack within the game files.

1. Opening Movie Music

2. Gods & Kings Theme, based on Te Deum

3, 4. Gustavus Adolphus – Sweden – "Du Gamla, Du Fria"

5, 6. Boudicca – The Celts – "Lord Gregory, The Lass of Aughrim"

7, 8. William of Orange – The Netherlands – "In Naam van Oranje"

9, 10. Maria Theresa – Austria – "Requiem Mass" in D minor; "Still Still Still"

11, 12. Attila – The Huns – "Li Ling Si Han"

13, 14. Dido – Carthage – "Hymn to Nikkal"

15, 16. Theodora – Byzantium – "Phos Hilaron"

17, 18. Haile Selassie – Ethiopia – "Traditional melody"; Selassie's National Anthem

19, 20. Pacal – The Maya – "Traditional melody fragments"

21. Fall of Rome

22. The Medieval World – "Messe de Notre Dame"

23. Smoky Skies

Brave New World[edit]

The second Civilization V expansion, Brave New World, contains the following original music:[10][11]

  • Civilization V: Brave New World – Opening Movie Music
  • Civilization V: Brave New World Theme – Opening Menu Music (lyrics based on the Latin text of chapter 21 of the Book of Revelation as found in the Vulgate)
  • Assyria – Ashurbanipal – "Ancient Assyrian Chant" [12]
  • Indonesia – Gajah Mada – "Udan Mas"
  • Brazil – Pedro II – "Chega de Saudade"
  • Poland – Casimir – "Bóg się rodzi"
  • Portugal – Maria I – "Saudades de Coimbra"
  • Morocco – Ahmad Al-Mansur – "Mawal Gnawi"
  • Shoshone – Pocatello – "Shoshone Sun Dance Songs"
  • Venice – Enrico Dandolo – "Rotta Ò Sonata"
  • Zulu – Shaka – "Inhliziyo Yami"
  • Scramble for Africa Scenario – "Ujuba na takaburi"
  • The Civil War (this song came bundled with the Gods and Kings expansion as well, but was not used in the game)
  • Conquest of the New World – Orchestral Version

Civilization: Beyond Earth[edit]

The soundtrack for "Civilization: Beyond Earth" was composed entirely by Geoff Knorr, Michael Curran, Griffin Cohen and Grant Kirkhope. The soundtrack was critically acclaimed and won the 2014 IFMCA Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media, in addition to many other accolades.[13]

Music in Civilization: Beyond Earth includes:

  1. The Seeding – (trailer theme) – Geoff Knorr
  2. Beyond Earth – (menu theme) – Geoff Knorr
  3. The Lush Planet – Geoff Knorr
  4. The Lush Planet - Ambient Early – Griffin Cohen
  5. Beauty in the Eye of the Orbiter – Geoff Knorr
  6. Destroyer – Geoff Knorr
  7. The Lush Planet – Ambient Middle—Griffin Cohen
  8. Lux Perpetua – Geoff Knorr
  9. Benedicite – Geoff Knorr
  10. The Lush Planet – Ambient Late—Griffin Cohen
  11. Our New World – Geoff Knorr
  12. The Fungal Planet – Geoff Knorr
  13. The Fungal Planet – Ambient Early—Griffin Cohen
  14. Acclimation – Geoff Knorr
  15. Promethean – Geoff Knor
  16. The Fugal Planet – Ambient Middle – Griffin Cohen
  17. Xenomalleum – Geoff Knorr
  18. The Fungal Planet – Ambient Late – Geoff Knorr
  19. A New Beginning – Geoff Knorr
  20. The Arid Planet – Michael Curran
  21. The Arid Planet – Ambient Early—Griffin Cohen
  22. Solar Collector – Grant Krikhope
  23. Dogmatic Engineering – Grant Kirkhope
  24. The Arid Planet – Ambient Middle – Griffin Cohen
  25. Xeno Titan – Grant Kirkhope
  26. The Signal – Grant Kirkhope
  27. The Arid Planet – Ambient Late—Griffin Cohen
  28. Deep Memory – Grant Kirkhope
  29. Planetfall – Michael Curran
  30. Planetfall – Ambient Early 1 – Griffin Cohen
  31. Alien Shores – Michael Curran
  32. Sky Mine – Michael Curran
  33. Planetfall – Ambient Early 2 – Griffin Cohen
  34. Earth's Ambassadors – Michael Curran
  35. O Muse – Michael Curran
  36. Planetfall – Ambient Middle – Griffin Cohen
  37. Deep Space – Michael Curran
  38. Planetfall – Ambient Late 1 – Griffin Cohen
  39. Xenomancer – Michael Curran
  40. Planetfall – Ambient Late 2 – Griffin Cohen
  41. Solid State Citizen – Griffin Cohen
  42. The Future of Mankind – Geoff Knorr

Rising Tide[edit]

  1. Reunited – Geoff Knorr – 2:14
  2. Rising Tide – Geoff Knorr – 4:56
  3. The Abyss – Geoff Knorr – 3:10
  4. The Abyss – Ambient Early – Griffin Cohen Geoff Knorr – 4:54
  5. Upon the Expanse – Geoff Knorr – 4:05
  6. Ebb and Flow – Geoff Knorr – 4:06
  7. The Abyss – Ambient Middle – Griffin Cohen – 4:03
  8. Dive – Geoff Knorr – 3:56
  9. Tide Hunter – Geoff Knorr – 3:31
  10. The Abyss – Ambient Late – Griffin Cohen – 3:52
  11. Neptune's Glory – Geoff Knorr – 5:00
  12. The Old World – Griffin Cohen – 3:13
  13. The Old World – Ambient Early – Griffin Cohen – 4:36
  14. Holocene – Grant Kirkhope – 4:19
  15. Terra Incognita – Grant Kirkhope – 4:49
  16. The Old World – Ambient Middle – Griffin Cohen – 3:57
  17. Ice and Conquest – Grant Kirkhope – 4:59
  18. The Dendrite Frontier – Grant Kirkhope – 5:15
  19. The Old World – Ambient Late – Griffin Cohen – 4:13
  20. Fractal Aquilon – Grant Kirkhope – 4:21
  21. The Young World – Geoff Knorr – 3:21
  22. The Young World – Ambient Early – Griffin Cohen – 3:36
  23. Immortal – Geoff Knorr – 5:18
  24. Mobius Horn – Geoff Knorr – 3:32
  25. The Young World – Ambient Middle – Griffin Cohen – 3:27
  26. Lahar – Geoff Knorr – 5:27
  27. Primordial Majesty – Geoff Knorr – 5:08
  28. The Young World – Ambient Late – Griffin Cohen – 3:55
  29. Hybrid Champion – Geoff Knorr – 5:52

Civilization VI[edit]

Christopher Tin again wrote Civilization VI's main theme, "Sogno di Volare" (translated as "The Dream of Flight"). The theme was written to capture the spirit of exploration not only in "seeking new lands, but also the mental exploration of expanding the frontiers of science and philosophy". Tin has premiered the song at a London concert in July 2016.[14] The game's original score was written and orchestrated primarily by Geoff Knorr, who was assisted by Roland Rizzo and Phill Boucher.[15] The themes of each civilization are played as different variations of the same song throughout the eras. In every playable civilaztion, simple single instrument melodies in the Ancient era turn into orchestra versions of the same melodies in later eras, symbolizing the evolution and growth of one's civilization throughout the ages.[16] The score was nominated for 2016 Music of the Year by the Game Audio Network Guild.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wonder Music Revealed - Civilization Fanatics' Forums
  2. ^ http://www.civ3.com/asktheteam_082201.cfm
  3. ^ Civilization IV manual, page 224
  4. ^ Talisman featured on Civilization 4
  5. ^ Sid Meier's Civilization IV Official Soundtrack, VGMdb
  6. ^ Puirt a beul,or Scottish peasant music
  7. ^ de Matos, Xav (9 July 2011). "Civilization 5 Special Edition Includes Two-Disc Soundtrack, Artbook and Unit Figurines [Updated]". Shacknews. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  8. ^ admin (13 September 2010). "Civilization V Soundtrack (Geoff Knorr, Michael Curran)". Download Soundtracks. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.civilization5.com/musiccredits/
  10. ^ "Civ5BraveNewWorld (Michael Curran)". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Geoff Knorr (Video Games)". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Assyrian Chant by lostorigins on SoundCloud". Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  13. ^ http://filmmusiccritics.org/2015/02/ifmca-award-winners-2014/
  14. ^ Bratt, Chris (July 11, 2016). "The composer of the Civilization 4 theme returns for Civilization 6". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ Greening, Chris. "Civilization VI to feature an orchestral soundtrack led by Knorr and Tin". Video Game Music Online. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Marks, Tom (September 30, 2016). "Civ 6's music evolves alongside your cities, and it's one of its best features". PC Gamer. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  17. ^ http://www.audiogang.org/2017-g-a-n-g-awards/
  18. ^ "Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär". Lieder Projekt. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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