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28 April 2017

Cue of the Week: “Morituri Te Salutant”

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This orchestral and choral piece opens up Empire Earth 2 with a healthy serving of sturm und drang. Both ensembles were both recorded in the beautiful renovated Magyar Radio studios in Budapest.

One question that arises with archetypical “chanting chorus” music is what to do about lyrics. One school of thought is to not bother, since the listener only hear the vowels for the most part. But not wanting a stream of nonsense syllables, I took it upon myself to cobble together a miniature Latin war poem. Finding words that both made sense and fit musically was quite an effort, but I pulled through thanks to generous assistance of some Latin scholars I reached online.


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