Theatrical / Incidental Music Recordings

Incidental music is music intended to accompany some art form not primarily musical, such as theater, TV, radio, video games, movies, etc. Incidental music may range from drones and other interventions bordering on the definition of 'sound effect', to well defined pieces such as overtures, interludes, etc. The use of incidental music dates back to Greek drama, and many well known composers in Western music history have written incidental music for plays, such as Ludwig van Beethoven's Egmont music, Franz Schubert's Rosamunde music, Felix Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music, Georges Bizet's L'Arlésienne music, and Edvard Grieg's music for Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 Felix Mendelssohn Orchestra Romantic
Das Rheingold, WWV 86A Richard Wagner Choir and Orchestra Romantic
Preciosa, Op. 78 Carl Maria von Weber Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Rosamunde, Op. 26 Franz Schubert Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Salome, Op.41 Erkki Melartin Orchestra Romantic
Samson and Dalilah, Op. 47 - Danse Baccanale Camille Saint-Saëns Orchestra Late 19th century
The Crown of India, Op. 66 Edward Elgar Orchestra Early 20th Century
The Libertine, Z.600 Henry Purcell Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
The Magic Harp, D. 644 Franz Schubert Orchestra Romantic
The Old Bachelor, Z.607 Henry Purcell Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra Romantic
Trumpet Tune Jeremiah Clarke Organ Baroque