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The Elder Scrolls series provides numerous examples of Awesome Music:

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Daggerfall

  • Check this out, an index of all specially remixed/arranged Daggerfall compositions. The ones by Dan Goodale are truly epic.
  • The theme for the Daggerfall demo and this incredible remix from Dagger XL.
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  • The recurring "Elder Scrolls theme" may be, at least in part, based on Daggerfall's GSNOW_B. The Snowing rendition is not really the same song, because the riffs from later games were put into the above remix, but you can't help but be reminded of it by either version.

Morrowind

  • Nerevar Rising, the game's main theme. It is so beloved that it became a Bootstrapped Theme and Recurring Riff for the series as a whole (with both Oblivion and Skyrim, as mentioned below, remixing it for their main themes). The reason for this is thanks in no small part to the intro being timed in such a way that someone who goes straight into a new game from the title will step off the boat just as the big orchestral swell hits. Bonus points to the Morrowind theme for having the heartbeat background rythm, that symbolizes the Heart of Lorkhan, the literal center of Vvardenfell where the game is set.
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  • The Morrowind Theme Reprise was originally intended for Oblivion but was sadly cut. It was fortunately released via the special edition Morrowind Soundtrack.
  • Although Morrowind didn't have any scripted music moments, the sheer amount of atmosphere that emanates from every track is absolutely stunning. Try Peaceful Waters.
  • The Road Most Travelled is a fantastic "adventure" theme, being at the same time both wistful and energetic. While, as mentioned, Morrowind does not have any scripted music changes, one can't help feeling like this song begins playing every time you set off to explore a new part of the island.

Oblivion

  • Reign of the Septims, the Oblivion version of the main theme. Also its orchestrated version done by Play! A Videogame Symphony.
  • Rise of an Emperor, done by Scott Buckley, is a Triumphant Reprise of Oblivion's theme.
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  • Auriel's Ascension is a simply outstanding piece of music, and is one of the best in the whole soundtrack.
  • The Wings of Kynareth made gawping at the graphical beauty of Oblivion's draw distance and massive world that much more awe-inspiring.
  • Watchman's Ease is simply amazing when your character arrives at home in the middle of the night.
  • Minstrel's Lament, a perfect soundtrack to play as you stand on a cliff overlooking much of the entire province.

Skyrim

  • You would think that the trailer for the new Elder Scrolls game would have less awesome music on account of it being a teaser trailer. You would be wrong.
    • A new arrangement of the theme has been made for Skyrim, complete with a Nordic choir chanting in Draconic. The music got even more awesome. Skyrim Version (skip to 2:45 on Video 4).
    • A cleaner version of the Elder Scrolls theme has been released here.
    • This is what you get when you combine Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim's themes.
  • It took a while, but we finally got the official full theme, and it is glorious.
  • "One They Fear", the remix of the main theme used as boss music, has been known to induce Theme Music Power Ups in players. Here is a song that has got many a player killed, simply because they got so pumped while it was playing that they attacked the dragon in question head-on.
  • "The Streets Of Whiterun" is a surprisingly passionate and sentimental song for the first city you come across.
  • "Sovngarde" is pretty awesome by itself, but when it plays when you enter the Nordic land of the honored dead to do final battle with Alduin himself with the ancient heroes at your side, it takes it Up to Eleven.
  • "Watch the Skies" is unbelievably awesome, especially when fighting a particularly nasty dragon.
  • Secunda, one of the best ambient pieces in the soundtrack. Tundra is the other best ambient piece. A close third goes to Dragonsreach.
  • The most fitting soundtrack for the game's massive and gorgeous vistas: Wind Guide You, itself an arrangement of Minstrel's Lament from Oblivion.
    "We are the Dragonborn of Tamriel. We come from all corners, all places. From Skyrim, Morrowind, Hammerfell, The Summerset Isles, Cyrodil and all others. We are of all races. Nord, Orc, Breton, Imperiel, Elf Kind (Wood Elves, Dark Elves and High Elves), Khajiit, Redguard and Argonian. We are born in times of extraordinary crises. Tamriel will never fall into darkness. We the Dragonborn, the Dovahkiin will rise above all evil, vanquish it back into Oblivion. Always remember: Sky above, Voice within."
    -Youtube Commentator
  • Unbroken Road. It plays once in the entire game (specifically, when the ancient heroes banished Alduin the first time), and it is awesome.
  • Dragonborn adds to the game a bunch of new tracks, most of which are Morrowind remixes. They are amazing. Forgotten Vale from the Dawnguard DLC rivals "Wind Guide You" in terms of its larger-than-life scope.
  • The Dark Reprise of the main theme used for the Dragonborn trailer is just epic. Even better, the Dragonborn DLC will feature a return to Solstheim, once the setting for Morrowind's expansion Bloodmoon. A chanting portion of the Skyrim "main theme" from the original game is a remix of the "Morrowind Leitmotif" that became recurrent in all TES games from the third onwards, including Oblivion. Guess which part of the Skyrim "main theme" turned up for the trailer? And if one listens to the lyrics they are chanting, instead of being about the Dragonborn and their heroism, these same words are now being twisted and warped to reflect Miraak's menace.
The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Yearning For Moonshadow is haunting, but the part starting at 2:35 is especially beautiful.
  • Recollection of Wars Long Lost certainly qualifies. Also known as the New Orsinium theme as it seems to play whenever you're in the city.
  • With the Morrowind expansion, the main menu theme is replaced by A Land of War and Poetry, a beautifully epic remix of the TES III theme.
  • Behold: the Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim and Elder Scrolls Online themes all mashed into one epic theme. The same person created another mashup including the Redguard, Summerset, and Elder Scrolls 6 themes. A little chaotic in a few places, but otherwise incredibly well done.

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