Theatrical / Incidental Music Recordings and Sheet Music

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
2 Eastern Pictures Gustav Holst Choir and Instrument Late 19th century
5 Grimaces pour Le songe d'une nuit d'été Erik Satie Orchestra Early 20th Century
A Collection of Ayres Compos'd for the Theatre Henry Purcell String Quartet Baroque
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 Felix Mendelssohn Orchestra Romantic
A Roland for an Oliver Henry Rowley Bishop Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
A Set of Pieces for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra Charles Ives Chamber group Early 20th Century
Abdelazer, Z. 570 Henry Purcell String Orchestra Baroque
Agitato Hugo Riesenfeld Orchestra Early 20th Century
Aladdin, Op.34 Carl Nielsen Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Andromaque Camille Saint-Saëns Orchestra Romantic
Angelo Reynaldo Hahn Orchestra Romantic
Anima allegra Franco Vittadini Voice(s) and Orchestra 20th Century
Antigone Camille Saint-Saëns Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Antigone, Op.55 Felix Mendelssohn Choir and Orchestra Romantic
Athalia, Op.74 Felix Mendelssohn Choir and Orchestra Romantic
Battle Music Hugo Riesenfeld Orchestra Early 20th Century
Beau Brummel Edward Elgar Orchestra Romantic
Belshazzar's Feast, Op.51 Jean Sibelius Orchestra Early 20th Century
Bühnenmusik zu Faust, Op.58 August Bungert Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Caligula, Op.52 Gabriel Fauré Choir and Orchestra Late 19th century