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Old 04-28-2011, 01:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Space music?

I was raised listening to the Star Wars trilogy score by John Williams, and after that I discovered the Star Trek music (mainly the ones composed by the late, great Jerry Goldsmith and, also, James Horner). More recently, I have come to adore Holst's The Planets (the haunting "Neptune, the Mystic" is my favourite).

I was wondering, is there any other space-related orchestral music out there, that I'm not aware of yet? Maybe a tone poem, suite, etc? I've always been fascinated by space and, somehow, music that emulates its vastness and mysterious qualities attracts my liking.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hawkwind is called "space-rock".

So is Pink Floyd from "A Saucerful of Secrets" until just before "Dark Side".
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jeff Wayne's(former member of ELO) The War Of The Worlds.

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You may want to move this to classical, as obviously there will be a lot of people linking you 'space rock' bands and not what you've requested.

On topic, it's probably just me, but several of Morton Feldman's slow-moving string suites bring about the feeling of space travel.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm moving this to the classical forum since the original question is asking about orchestral music.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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oh if it's classical, there's none better than Holst's The Planets suite

this my fave segment:-

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Old 04-29-2011, 08:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The soundtrack to the movie 2001 is an interesting mix of old and new :
-some avant-garde compositions by Ligeti
-R.Strauss` most famous waltz; The Blue Danube
-Khachaturian`s beautiful, floating Gayane Suite
-the unforgetable snippet of Also Sprach Zarathustra to open the movie

What does a waltz have to do with the vastness of space ? Watch the movie and those old waltzes will take on a new dimension !
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Vision of a Starry Night by Alan Hovhaness is a nice piano piece.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Putting a "celestial" title to a piece of classical music is just that and nothing much else.

What your wanting then is cosmic-classical music which tends to suggest a sense of vastness. (And not a friggin' waltz - I dont care if Space Odyssey used it.)

I would definitely suggest anything orchestral by Scriabin.

Others were quick to suggest Krautrock, which doubtless is way of the beam for you.
Still IF you want to venture into proggy/krauty realm a path more easy for a classical guy to take would be Klaus Schultze's "Irrlight" or "X".
Also a quiet proggy one suggestive of open star space is Absolutely Elsewhere "In Search of Ancient Gods".

Also try "Star's End" by David Bedford. All orchestral except for some beautiful electric guitar bits by Mike Oldfield. This however is a dark/violent vision of space.
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