Neoclassical dark wave

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Neoclassical dark wave is a subgenre of dark wave music that is characterized by an ethereal atmosphere and soprano vocals as well as strong influences from classical music.[1]

Historical context[edit]

In the middle of the 1980s, the bands Dead Can Dance and In the Nursery released influential albums which essentially laid the foundations of the Neoclassical dark wave genre.[1][2] In 1985 Dead Can Dance released Spleen and Ideal, which initiated the band's 'medieval European sound.'[3][importance of example(s)?] In 1987 In the Nursery released Stormhorse, which exhibited a symphonic/post-industrial sound lending itself to 'being envisioned as backing music for a dramatic epic.'[4][importance of example(s)?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Strother, Eric S. (2019). Sturman, Janet (ed.). The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-50635-338-8.
  2. ^ Vantyghem, Pieter (2019). "The Serpent's Egg". 365 albums die je beluisterd moet hebben (in Dutch). Lannoo Meulenhoff. ISBN 978-9-40145-972-3.
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review of Spleen and Ideal". allMusic Guide. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Review of Stormhorse". allMusic Guide. Retrieved June 26, 2008.