I am finding some epic music, like Strength of a Thousand Man from Thomas Bergersen or Time from Hans Zimmer. Thanks.


Some go-to favorites from the orchestral repertoire:

The Dies irae from Verdi's Requiem.

The finale to Bruckner's eighth symphony.

The conclusion to Shostakovich's seventh symphony ("Leningrad") is pretty earth-shattering.

Respighi's Pines of Rome is pretty famous from Fantasia, but Fountains of Rome might win the epic prize.

Indeed, Respighi was pretty darn good at the whole epic thing.

Who ever said old white dudes couldn't rock out?

Edit: If you're into Shostakovich but orchestra isn't your thing, this guy has some great electric guitar covers you might like.

Edit: Another great one is Prokofiev's Scythian Suite.

Edit: I'll stop myself after this one, because I'll just keep thinking of more: the conclusion to Mahler's second symphony, "Resurrection."

  • Pretty interesting references @richard. You seem to have a clear idea of what "epic" music means to you, perhaps you could try an answer to this musicfans.stackexchange.com/q/3763/2203 question and provide a different enriching perspective in relation to my own answer. – José David Jul 29 '16 at 0:18
  • You wouldn't go far wrong with anything from Holst's Planet Suite, Mars or Jupiter for starters - but listen to the rest [John Williams obviously did;) I always consider Holst to be the forerunner of modern cinema music. – Tetsujin Jul 30 '16 at 6:55

Richard already gave some specific pieces. Here are some artists you can try:

Audiomachine. I believe much of their work is available on youtube if you wish to listen without buying.

The soundtrack to Gettsyburg, written by Randy Edelmen. The main theme is one of the few pieces I have ever heard that can be grandly epic, happy, and sad all at the same time. I highly recommend this one. Check out the Battle of Little Round Top too.

John Williams. Particularly if you're looking for a nice theme to hum along to. Try the main theme to Starwars and Jurassic Park.

The National Anthem of the Soviet Union. The same tune is used for Russia's current national anthem. I don't think anything more needs to be said about this one. It's just purely awesome.

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