Some years ago, back on the old WoW Insider which is no more, there was once a fun post suggesting theme songs for the various character classes. As a classical music fan, I’ve tried to come up with a classical version of the same. Here are my suggestions.
Warrior – Bartok, Hungarian Suite “Bear Dance”
The warrior is an iconic archetype in role-playing games and the World of Warcraft version is much like its ancestors: a heavily-armed fighter who charges into the midst of battle. Bartok’s “Bear Dance” may sound more like a druid thing, but the music carries a feel of martial power fitting to a warrior.
“Bear Dance” via P. András
Paladin – Wagner, Die Walküre, “Ride of the Valkyries”
Paladins are bold champions of right and virtue, and nothing says righteous fury like the “Ride of the Valkyries” from Wagner’s Die Walküre.
“Ride of the Valkyries” via Deutchse Grammophon
Death Knight – Orff, Carmina Burana, “O Fortuna”
In the mythos of WoW, death knights are slain heroes who were raised from death and turned into unstoppable soldiers against their will. “O Fortuna” from Orff’s Carmina Burana begins with a creeping sense of menace before turning to crashing terror.
“O Fortuna” via ingifrance
Hunter – Beethoven, 6th Symphony, 1st movement
Hunters travel the wilds and tame wild animals to fight for them. Beethoven’s “pastoral” 6th symphony conveys a sense of the hunter’s harmony with nature.
6th Symphony via smalin
Shaman – Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave
Shaman commune with the elemental spirits of earth, air, fire, and water. Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave has the feeling of trying to bring unrestrained elemental powers under control.
Marche Slave via TheWickedNorth
Rogue – Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Rogues are stealthy assassins and swashbuckling ruffians. Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” starts off sneaky, turns dangerous, and just keeps getting more intense.
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” via DarwinsLilGirl
Monk – Telemann, Don Quixote Suite, “Don Quixote at Rest”
WoW‘s monks come out of the eastern wuxia martial arts tradition, so a little Telemann may seem out of place, but I think the short final movement of the Don Quixote Suite conveys a good sense of the monk’s frenetic martial arts action.
“Don Quixote at Rest” via HenryMGunnHighSchoolStringOrchestra
Druid – Sibelius, Finlandia
Druids are shape-shifters who transform themselves into animals to use their powers. Sibelius’ Finlandia both conveys a sense of raw natural power and has some sudden shifts in tone not unlike a druid’s transformation.
Finlandia via Tarja M
Mage – Holst, The Planets Suite, “Mars: Bringer of War”
Mages wield the arcane forces of fire and frost. Holst’s “Mars” has the sound of summoning and then unleashing raw destructive power.
“Mars” via Nick Vogt
Warlock – Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain
Warlocks summon demons to do their will and generally mess around with dark, dangerous magic, so here’s Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain for all your dark, dangerous, demon-sumon-y needs.
Night on Bald Mountain via TheWickedNorth
Priest – Mozart, The Magic Flute, “Queen of the Night’s Aria”
Many priests are healers who channel the holy power of the light to help and protect their allies. Others wield a shadowy version of their powers to attack the minds of their enemies. Mozart’s aria for the Queen of the Night combines beauty and menace in a similar way.
“Queen of the Night’s Aria” via nocturefm
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