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GAMEPLAY: Early Music

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Composer Andrea Boccadoro wrote a Renaissance-style madrigal for each character in the Elizabethan comedy game Astrologaster.

Videogame scores that take us to places far away through the sounds of long ago.

This week, we’ll go back in time with game music inspired by the Middle Ages and the Renaissance!

We’ll hear sounds of lutes, recorders, viols, and voices used by composers to evoke the feel of ages past.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance. Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director. Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

To hear the full episode, click the link above! Here's the playlist:

Adam Gubman - Ophelia (Elsinore) - Original game soundtrack

Adam Gubman - Festival (Elsinore) - Original game soundtrack

Geoff Knorr - England (The Medieval Era) (Civilization VI) - Prague FILMHarmonic Orchestra

Geoff Knorr - Egypt (The Medieval Era) (Civilization VI) - Prague FILMHarmonic Orchestra

Andrea Boccadoro - Mary Payne (Astrologaster) - Original game soundtrack

Andrea Boccadoro - Thomas Blague (Astrologaster) - Original game soundtrack

Andrea Boccadoro - Robert Devereux (Astrologaster) - Original game soundtrack

Andrea Boccadoro - Sybil Fortescue (Astrologaster) - Original game soundtrack

Andrea Boccadoro - Astrologaster (Astrologaster) - Original game soundtrack

Robert L. Euvino - Harp 1 (Stronghold 2) - Original game soundtrack

Adam Gubman - No Love is Lost Love (Elsinore) - Original game soundtrack

Adam Gubman - Pakke Mit Hjerte (Elsinore) - Original game soundtrack

Adam Gubman - Fair as a Rose (Elsinore) - Original game soundtrack, John Robert Matz, vocals

Kumi Tanioka - The Village Where It Began (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles) - Original game soundtrack, ROBA Early Music Ensemble

Kumi Tanioka - Prosperity and Tradition (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles) - Original game soundtrack, ROBA Early Music Ensemble

Kumi Tanioka - Promised Grace (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles) - Original game soundtrack, ROBA Early Music Ensemble

Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori - Opening Suite (HALO) - Original game soundtrack

Keith Brown is the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY.