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04 December 2009

Cue of the Week: “Morituri Te Salutant”

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

One problem facing composers writing the archetypal “chanting chorus” piece is what to do about lyrics. One school of thought is to not bother – after all, you’re mostly going to hear the vowels. But not wanting to give the chorus 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 rhymed turned out to be quite an effort, even with the generous assistance of some Latin scholars I reached via the Internet. To those who’ve learned this intricate language: I salute you!

(Click on the play button to stream, or the cue title to download.)

Morituri Te Salutant


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  1. Jen

    The mark of a good composer is paying attention the little details that virtually nobody notices. I really like this one, thanks for posting…now I don’t have to buy the game! 🙂

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