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18 January 2019

Cue of the Week: “The Anger of the Dwarves”

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Written for the online trading card game Hex: Shards of Fate, this orchestral march was the theme of the dwarvish player faction. Here dwarves were portrayed as hostile militants rather than grumpy-but-kindhearted, as in Tolkien and elsewhere in fiction and gaming. The tone of the music reflects this warlike personality.

This cue is built on two relatively simple musical ideas: a driving string ostinato (a.k.a. repeated pulse) and a quick up-and-down musical gesture in the low-register horns.

Also prominent is the clanging of a metal anvil, a dwarf-music tradition that originates with Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold. If you’re going to steal, steal from the best!

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