Video game soundtracks hit classical music charts


(From The Independent) Music composed for video games is now being ranked alongside Beethoven and Mozart.

The increasing sophistication of classical soundtracks written for computer games has been acknowledged in Classic FM’s annual Hall of Fame.

Listeners voted 12 pieces of music from video game soundtracks into the radio station’s Top 300 chart – up from eight last year.

The highest entry from the gaming world – at No 9 – was the music for the Final Fantasy series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu.

Bafta award-winning composer Jeremy Soule’s soundtrack for The Elder Scrolls climbed six places to No 11.

And the highest female composer on the list was Yoko Shimomura – also from Japan – at No 30 for her work on Kingdom Hearts.

Nintendo’s in-house composer Koji Kondo had the highest new entry in the poll for his music on the Legend of Zelda games.

The trend reflects Classic FM’s growing willingness to play video game soundtracks. Some video game developers now pay large sums to classical composers to write scores for their games, exposing a new generation of young people to classical music.

Classic FM Top 10 Hall of Fame 2015

  1. Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
  2. Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2
  3. Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  4. Elgar – Enigma Variations
  5. Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5
  6. Allegri – Miserere
  7. Beethoven – Symphony No. 9
  8. Mozart – Clarinet Concerto
  9. Uematsu – Final Fantasy
  10. Beethoven – Symphony No. 6

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