Marcus Maroney of Sounds Like New wrote to say that there actually IS a game that uses classical music. (Thanks, Marcus!) Ring–The Legend of the Nibelungen uses the music of Wagner. (No surprise there, eh? It would be odd if they didn’t use that music!) See it here.
I’ve been pondering the term “classical music” since the Final Fantasy concert. I was doing searches yesterday about this concert and I see that the music is usually called “classical music.” So I’m wondering who deemed it as such and why. If a full symphony orchestra plays a work is it then classical? That seems to be the case with the Final Fantasy concert — there was a full symphony orchestra, and we all wore black. It must be classical music! I played shows with Moody Blues and Rod Stewart some time ago. They used a symphony orchestra (well, small ones for those shows), and we wore black. Were those classical music concerts. (Answer: no.) If what I played on Monday night was classical music, then Henry Mancini’s music is classical music as well. (I love Mancini, but I’ve never thought of him as a classical music composer.)
So … how do we draw the line? Or do we? Does it really even matter? Probably not. But I’m in ponderland and there you go.
Is the music to the Lord of the Rings trilogy classical music? What about the soundtrack to The Good, Bad and the Ugly?
I’d love to hear readers’ thoughts on this one.