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Monday, March 3, 2008

Music & Fantasy

I am a person who generally surrounds myself with music - even when I want to really, really concentrate at work, I have music in the background or on the headphones.

So naturally, when I curl up on the couch with a good book, I try to put on some nice music.

I was thinking about this recently - there are some pieces of music that I really strongly associate with fantasy novels. For example, Brahm's Hungarian Dances is just fantastic background music for fantasy stories. (I still remember playing this on the record player when I was first reading Sword of Shannara.) Winter stories are well-accompanied by December (George Winston): perfect for The Dark Is Rising. And the soundtrack to Kenneth Brannagh's Henry V is great for any kind of medieval setting.

I have other favourites as well, but that's enough to show you what I mean. Please share what you listen to in the comments.

(Let's save sci-fi for another post, shall we?)


Unknown said...

Not so much for reading by but I love any type of Celtic Music. Secret Garden, non-vocal stuff. Celtic Harp music by Mary Kauffman (a musician from Minnesota), anything subdued FOR WRITING.

Therefore, I have not listened to that type of music lately.

But Hannah Montana--oh, yeah. LOTS of that from the school talent show.

Mister Troll said...

I'm a big fan of Irish folk music as well!

Joel said...

I'm not much into music when I read. I used to listen to music, but I found that most of the time I just tune it out, or end up listening to the music instead of reading. It doesn't help that most of the music I listen to has lyrics.

Maybe I'll give some of this classical/instrumental stuff a try. I've certainly listened to classical music in the past, and identified some favorite songs, but they tend to fall by the wayside and get forgotten quickly. :\ Maybe if I start playing classical while I read or write, I can make the habit stick.

Unknown said...

I used to always study to Fleetwood Mac when I was in college.{g} Go figure on one. BUT when I really needed to concentrate, I cut it off. However, I don't really listen to music while I read.