Music about mythology?

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Music about mythology?

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1FFortuna
May 12, 2010, 3:30 pm

I'm in the middle of The Titan's Curse and happened to start wondering if I knew of any songs that reminded me of Percy. It seems like there should be stuff on the tip of my tongue that reminds me of this series, but I can't think of anything.

So, in a broader sense, what songs can you all think of that are about mythological topics?

2iaia852
May 13, 2010, 6:45 am

Dido's Lament - From the Opera : Dido and Aeneas

3lilithcat
May 13, 2010, 9:06 am

There are tons of operas based on mythology, including what is considered the first opera, Jacopo Peri's Dafne.

Consider Wagner's Ring Cycle, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Handel's Semele, Strauss' Elektra, Purcell's King Arthur, to name but a few.

4FFortuna
May 13, 2010, 7:13 pm

I was thinking more of contemporary music. (Although I adore the mythological operas, Orfeo in particular.)

5lilithcat
May 13, 2010, 8:36 pm

> 4

How about Philip Glass' Satyagraha or John Adams' A Flowering Tree? Mikis Theodorakis has written operas based on Greek myths.

6SophieCale
May 19, 2010, 12:39 am

Hah! funny this question should come up, the book I'm reading right now, Parzival, inspired Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal".

The only other song I can think of at the moment is A Perfect Circle's song "Orestes"

Oh, and "The Flight of Icarus" by IronMaiden and "Icarus" by Hopesfall...hmmm, all Greek influence. Interesting.

7guyalice
May 21, 2010, 8:51 am

"Lilith" by Belly

8varielle
Edited: May 21, 2010, 9:19 am

You've gone and made me think about the band Styx and now I have an earworm of "Lady," which I probably haven't heard in 30 years.

9librisalexandria
Nov 12, 2010, 4:29 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Led Zeppelin's "No Quarters" about Norse mythology? I think Thor is mentioned in it.