Awesome Music: When They Cry

This series has its roots in sound novels, which is a subset of visual novels that puts extra focus on the music, so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that they have a lot of great music. Here's some of the top stuff.

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni / When They Cry 1 & 2

Umineko no Naku Koro ni / When They Cry 3 & 4

    Opening and Ending Themes 
This wouldn't be a proper listing of all the awesome music in Umineko without getting into its epic opening and ending themes.

Dai is the music director for the When They Cry series, so unsurprisingly, several of the awesome tracks in the series also come from them:
  • Happiness of Marionette.
  • "Umaretekite Kureta Arigatou" ("Thank you for being born").
    • And as of Episode 6 it has been epically remixed in Rebirth.
  • Ride On.
  • Mortal Stampede - simply epic.
  • Tsubasa was mindblowingly awesome. The vocal version is the ending theme for Episode 5, but when you change those vocals to electric guitar you get a different but equally awesome remix.
  • Endless Nine aka "Battler gets dangerous". Featuring Microsoft Sam!
  • Dancing Pipe from Episode 3.
  • The often forgotten OTHER piece from Episode 3's climax - the one that isn't Tsubasa, but is just as good: Lost Paradise. (Or is that Paradise Lost?)
  • Revolt from Episode 4.
  • Umineko is also so good at this that it makes piano-driven pieces into epic CMOA. See Answer (just wait about 40 seconds if you don't hear it) and dir.
    • Answer got EXTENDED by about 40 seconds in the PS3 version.
    • For more piano-y goodness, EP6's "Life".
      • Another really wonderful one from the same game is ALIVE. There's a third track too in this game called "Rebirth." You noticing a pattern here?
  • Promise, from Episode 5. Given it's less Awesome Music and more Tearjerking Music, if you know why...
  • A great remix of "Happiness of Marionette" (with some "Promise" thrown in) called "Engage of Marionette". It's the last music you hear before the final credits roll.
  • Final Answer from Episode 5.
  • Still from Episode 5 is JUSTICE, which notably plays when Battler revives and ascends to the rank of Endless Sorcerer in the the Hidden Tea Party.
  • Sakutaro's theme, Sakutarou no Ganbarimonogatari, which incorporates a marimba version of Door to Summer and happiness of marionette for a BGM so adorable that just listening to it will give you diabetes.
    • And to be sure diabetes kill you for good, there is little Ange's theme, Nuigurumi, playing during the quizz mini-game in Episode 8.
  • Dai's half of the OST, "Musicbox Blue" and "Musicbox Kiri no Pithos" (shared with Luck Ganriki), have a load of tracks that weren't used in the games yet at the time of its release; several of them have shown up in the games since, so the others may yet be used. Unfortunately, Oku and Black Knight were not among those that get into Twilight of the Golden Witch, but Hishou (Soar) did in Episode 8. Also, Black Knight is used in 7th Expansion's next big work, Rose Guns Days.
  • Similarly, the previously unreleased track Mata Umarekawaru Hi Made (until the day we're reborn), a beautiful mix of Umaretekitekurete Arigatou and happiness of marionette.
  • A song the title of which may be a thank you to all the readers of Umineko: Thanks of all people.
  • From episode 6 we have the beautiful yet sad Loreley.
  • Tomorrow's awesome orchestral arrangement in the Fighting game Ougon Musou Kyoku.

The doujin music composer ZTS also makes several tracks in Umineko, and they have the trademark of making at least one incredibly epic piece per episode.

     Luck Ganriki 

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     Kitaōji Mizuki 
A composer from the Glasun-neko circle. Seems to provide mostly awesome orchestral themes.

And in a different register:

    Other composers 

    Nakanai Kimi to Nageki/Aganai no Sekai/Gensou 
Doujin, but these music videos' (and their B-tracks') distribution is so commonplace among the fandom that they're somewhere between Fanon and Canon.