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Civ IV Soundtrack

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The soundtrack 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.

OverviewEdit

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 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.[1]

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 by Christopher Tin, and the menu music is Baba Yetu, also 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.[2]

MusicEdit

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.[3]

Music in Civilization IV
TitleArtist/ComposerOther 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
 ? Jeff Briggs, Roger Briggs, Mark Cromer Alexander the Great's theme
 ? Michael Curran Mansa Musa's theme
 ? Mark Cromer Saladin's theme
 ? Ancient folk tune, Jeff Briggs, Mark Cromer Huang Shi Ti's theme
 ? 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 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  ? [4] Brennus and Boudica's theme
Polonaise Johann Sebastian Bach Barbarian theme
"Rock & Roll" Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground 'Rock 'n' Roll' wonder construction theme
The Minuet from the Water Music Suite in D Major George Frideric Handel "Default Peace Music"
The White-Haired Woman Yan Jinxuan "Chinese Unification" theme musi
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky Hall of Glory theme music
Conquests Fantasy 1 & 2 unknown Warlords soundtrack 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
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
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
Missa Papae Marcelli: III. Credo Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina "Medieval Age" background music
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. Bouree 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 IA John Adams "Modern Age" background music
Grand Pianola Music: Part IB 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. Civilization IV manual, page 224
  2. Talisman featured on Civilization 4
  3. Sid Meier's Civilization IV Official Soundtrack, VGMdb
  4. Purit a beul, or Scottish peasant music
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