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?)
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