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Adventures in Computer Game Music: Heroes of Might and Magic V

Paul Anthony Romero is easily one of my favorite computer game composers.

He’s been composing scores for Heroes of Might and Magic games for over a decade now.

He has an uncanny ability to take musical styles from throughout the history of orchestral music and make them his own.
He’s done variations of a human, demon, or necromancer town at least half a dozen times now and still comes up with something new each time.

Here he uses an epic Wagnerian style to great effect with similar but contrasting themes.

I’ve always liked this sort of juxtaposition. Even when I was a little kid, I remember watching the Sound of Music and hearing how the evil Nazi theme was something of a minor key version of Good Night, Farewell.

First for the good guys:

Then for the bad guys:

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