History Music / RideOfTheValkyries

9th Nov '16 7:40:37 AM dlchen145
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When Wagner wrote it, he already intended it to evoke images of epic battles, but what really made that music the StandardSnippet for military {{badass}}ery in Western pop culture was the iconic helicopter raid in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' ([[PopCulturalOsmosis even those who haven't seen the movie know that scene]], [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure or at least used to]]). As a result, when the characters are charging on big machines, raining DeathFromAbove on their enemies or just riding a helicopter, either the soundtrack will play "Ride of the Valkyries", or a reference to it will be made.

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When Wagner wrote it, he already intended it to evoke images of epic battles, but what really made that music the StandardSnippet for military {{badass}}ery badassery in Western pop culture was the iconic helicopter raid in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' ([[PopCulturalOsmosis even those who haven't seen the movie know that scene]], [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure or at least used to]]). As a result, when the characters are charging on big machines, raining DeathFromAbove on their enemies or just riding a helicopter, either the soundtrack will play "Ride of the Valkyries", or a reference to it will be made.
23rd Sep '16 7:41:32 PM HeraldAlberich
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->"Never let it be said that a Chooser of the Slain can't make an entrance."
-->-- '''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]''', ''Small Favor'', Chapter 43

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->"Never ->''"Never let it be said that a Chooser of the Slain can't make an entrance."
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-->-- '''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]''', ''Small Favor'', ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Chapter 43



The '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AlEvy0fJto Ride of the Valkyries]]''''' (German: ''Ritt der Walküren'', or ''Walkürenritt'', as the composer referred to it) is a fanfare-like orchestral music theme originating from Creator/RichardWagner's opera ''Die Walküre'' (''The {{Valkyrie|s}}''), which is a part of the cycle ''Der Ring Des Nibelungen'' (''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'').

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The '''''[[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AlEvy0fJto Ride of the Valkyries]]''''' Valkyries]]" (German: ''Ritt "Ritt der Walküren'', Walküren", or ''Walkürenritt'', "Walkürenritt", as the composer referred to it) is a fanfare-like orchestral music theme originating from Creator/RichardWagner's opera ''Die Walküre'' (''The {{Valkyrie|s}}''), which is a part of the cycle ''Der Ring Des Nibelungen'' (''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'').



Ironically, Creator/RichardWagner initially opposed the use and performance of the piece outside of the original opera, even going as far as to write letters of complaint to publishers who sold the sheet music as a separate work. Also ironically, the scene in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' that served as the TropeCodifier was meant to allude to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany ([[HitlerAteSugar Hitler was a huge fan of Wagner]] and [[MusicToInvadePolandTo often used his music to rally his troops]]), reflecting how the soldiers in that scene are intended to be viewed as war criminals - [[MisaimedFandom not that it worked.]]

Compare Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra. Examples of this song in the media also qualify as PublicDomainSoundtrack. Often an example of OrchestralBombing.

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Ironically, Creator/RichardWagner initially opposed the use and performance of the piece outside of the original opera, even going as far as to write letters of complaint to publishers who sold the sheet music as a separate work. Also ironically, the scene in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' that served as the TropeCodifier was meant to allude to UsefulNotes/NaziGermany ([[HitlerAteSugar Hitler was a huge fan of Wagner]] and [[MusicToInvadePolandTo often used his music to rally his troops]]), reflecting how the soldiers in that scene are intended to be viewed as war criminals - [[MisaimedFandom criminals--[[MisaimedFandom not that it worked.]]

worked]].

Compare Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra.''Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra''. Examples of this song in the media also qualify as PublicDomainSoundtrack. Often an example of OrchestralBombing.



* Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Death Masks'' has Miss Gard, a tall blonde Nordic woman, piloting a helicopter carrying Marcone, Harry, and a Knight of the Cross into battle. Harry [[InvokedTrope remarks that all they're missing is some Wagner]], and Gard obliges by playing this song on the radio.
** The short story "Heorot" (set after ''Death Masks'') confirmed that Gard is in fact an ''actual'' valkyrie.
** The page quote comes from a later book (''Small Favor''), when Gard arrives to the battle [[GunshipRescue piloting a helicopter]] [[BigDamnHeroes with Hendricks wielding]] [[GatlingGood the mounted minigun]], while [[BigEntrance loudspeakers mounted on the bottom of the chopper blast the song]] (again).
* In Creator/EricFlint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' "Ride of the Valkyries" is used to scare off an Imperial army.

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* Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Death Masks'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** ''Literature/DeathMasks''
has Miss Gard, a tall blonde Nordic woman, piloting a helicopter carrying Marcone, Harry, and a Knight of the Cross into battle. Harry [[InvokedTrope remarks that all they're missing is some Wagner]], and Gard obliges by playing this song the "Ride" on the radio.
** The short story "Heorot" (set after ''Death Masks'') confirmed confirms that Gard is in fact an ''actual'' valkyrie.
** The page quote comes from a later book (''Small Favor''), (''Literature/SmallFavor''), when Gard arrives to the battle [[GunshipRescue piloting a helicopter]] [[BigDamnHeroes with Hendricks wielding]] [[GatlingGood the mounted minigun]], while [[BigEntrance loudspeakers mounted on the bottom of the chopper blast the song]] (again).
* In Creator/EricFlint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', "Ride of the Valkyries" is used to scare off an Imperial army.



-->'''Colonel Klink''': ''(listening from his office)'' Amazing! Would you believe this is their first rehearsal?\\
'''Fraulein Hilda''': They must be trained musicians.\\
'''Klink''': These prisoners play Wagner like Germans!

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-->'''Colonel Klink''': ''(listening Klink:''' ''[listening from his office)'' office]'' Amazing! Would you believe this is their first rehearsal?\\
'''Fraulein Hilda''': Hilda:''' They must be trained musicians.\\
'''Klink''': '''Klink:''' These prisoners play Wagner like Germans!



-->'''Mulder''': Wagner?\\
'''Doggett''': What do you want?\\
'''Mulder''': I take it back. It's perfect.

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-->'''Mulder''': -->'''Mulder:''' Wagner?\\
'''Doggett''': '''Doggett:''' What do you want?\\
'''Mulder''': '''Mulder:''' I take it back. It's perfect.



* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] started using this as his entrance music after winning the US title from Wrestling/TheMiz. Now he uses an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM4URPXK2WY even more kickass rock remix]]. Bryan's protege, Wrestling/SaraDelRey, used the music at well - reportedly because Bryan suggested it. Apparently, he always thought it would be a great theme for a wrestler.

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* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] started using this as his entrance music after winning the US title from Wrestling/TheMiz. Now he uses an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM4URPXK2WY even more kickass rock remix]]. Bryan's protege, Wrestling/SaraDelRey, used the music at well - reportedly well--reportedly because Bryan suggested it. Apparently, he always thought it would be a great theme for a wrestler.
23rd Sep '16 6:07:09 PM TMK
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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' this plays at the end of Come Fly with Me, as the rockets launch to take the ghouls to the Great Beyond. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
** [[spoiler:Not if you don't tamper with the rocket navigation controls.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' this plays at the end of Come Fly with Me, as the rockets launch to take the ghouls to the Great Beyond. [[spoiler:It doesn't [[spoiler: The launch can be a success...or end well.]]
** [[spoiler:Not if you don't tamper with the rocket navigation controls.
badly, depending on your choices.]]
22nd Sep '16 9:27:38 PM nombretomado
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* One of the earliest uses of "Valkyries" was in ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' when the heroic Ku Klux Klansmen ([[ValuesDissonance no, really]]) ride to the rescue of the Cameron family.

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* One of the earliest uses of "Valkyries" was in ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'' when the heroic Ku Klux Klansmen ([[ValuesDissonance no, really]]) ride to the rescue of the Cameron family.
11th Jul '16 12:26:42 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/DeltaFarce'', a comedy about three dimwitted soldiers, as they prepare a raid, one tries to play "Ride of the Valkyries" on their jeep's stereo. The other two have never heard of it and think it is stupid, so they play "East Bound and Down" by Jerry Reed instead.
9th Jul '16 11:45:48 AM nombretomado
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* Can be heard in a cutscene of the ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui On-Line Game]]'', as the Le-Matoran prepare their Kewa bird for flight. As they take off, the tune goes all funky, and stays that way for the subsequent MiniGame.

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* Can be heard in a cutscene of the ''[[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} ''[[VideoGame/{{Bionicle}} Mata Nui On-Line Game]]'', as the Le-Matoran prepare their Kewa bird for flight. As they take off, the tune goes all funky, and stays that way for the subsequent MiniGame.
5th Jul '16 1:08:14 PM LadyYuki
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* In the 1995 film [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/Casper Casper]], the Ghostly Trio [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egI1TgDBF2Q do an acapella version of the Ride during breakfast wile making a landing for the kitchen table like helicopters]] (''Film/ApocalypseNow'' reference).

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* In the 1995 film [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/Casper Casper]], ''Film/{{Casper}}'', the Ghostly Trio [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egI1TgDBF2Q do an acapella version of the Ride during breakfast wile while making a landing for the kitchen table like helicopters]] (''Film/ApocalypseNow'' reference).
helicopters]].
26th Jun '16 9:05:21 PM NausicaaoftheSpirits
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* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'', the song plays when the Goodfeathers set out to take revenge on Mr. Plotz by attacking Ralph, who ends up messing up Mr. Plotz's car in the process.
31st May '16 10:11:33 PM wolftickets1969
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has it on the Classical Radio station.
28th May '16 10:42:31 AM erforce
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* ''Return Fire,'' a video game on the 3D0 and UsefulNotes/PlayStation, played this when the player was flying a helicopter.

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* ''Return Fire,'' a video game on the 3D0 [[UsefulNotes/ThreeDOInteractiveMultiplayer 3D0]] and UsefulNotes/PlayStation, played this when the player was flying a helicopter.



* ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' uses the piece as a theme tune for both I and III. (II uses a different score altogether.) Parts of it remain in other parts of II's soundtrack though.

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* ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' uses the piece as a theme tune for both I and III. (II uses a different score altogether.) Parts of it remain in other parts of II's ''II'''s soundtrack though.
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