August 17, 2011

Dog Days -- mystery music

There's a piece of orchestral music that gets used during the dramatic climax of Dog Days which keeps bugging me, because I don't believe it was written by the series composer, and I can't figure out where it's really from.

The best place to hear it is the intro to ep 10, before the OP runs. It sounds like Mozart to me, like maybe the overture to one of his darker operas. (Don Giovanni, maybe?) Does anyone have any idea what it is?

I need Don for this, maybe.

UPDATE: That's just a small clip from it. There's a much longer segment in ep 9, starting at 17:08 in the version of it I've got.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 08:24 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Why no love for Maiko Iuchi? She did Railgun's music after all. I'm sure she can knock-off mood pieces for the movies with the best of them. John Williams and Yoko Kanno, I'm looking at you.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 17, 2011 03:21 PM (8GmqX)


Just my musical intuition. It's not exactly unprecedented for background music to incorporate stuff from the classics. (For instance, recently someone on "Ask Metafilter" asked about some background music from a live action Japanese film, and it turned out to be from Beethoven's 7th symphony.)

Yeah, the composer could create something new in that style -- but that's slow and expensive. Why bother when you can borrow from something that's in the public domain?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 17, 2011 03:42 PM (+rSRq)

3 No, I just listened to it twice, and it definitely sounds operatic. And I've heard that style before, I just can't place it. Post-baroque, but not by more than a century.  All strings (with muted drums), no horns or woodwinds, so if it's not european classical, it's a damn good imitation.

Posted by: ubu at August 17, 2011 03:57 PM (GfCSm)

4 RahXephon included a number of classical pieces, but they were all credited.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 17, 2011 04:28 PM (8GmqX)


Ubu, other parts of it do have brass and woodwinds, so it's a complete orchestra.

One of the episodes of the "Sakura Wars" TV series had background music at one point which was definitely operatic. It turned out to be the Japanese translation of a piece by Verdi, and the two solo parts were performed by two of the seiyuu in the show. And it was indeed credited.

For all I know it's credited in Dog Days, too, but I can't read the credits so I wouldn't know.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 17, 2011 06:55 PM (+rSRq)

6 I just looked, and if it is credited, it's not in roman letters.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 17, 2011 06:58 PM (+rSRq)

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