In my spare time I write fantasy fiction, and I like to listen to medieval and/or fantasy-inspired ambient music while doing so. Here are a few songs and playlists from my repertoire, plus an artist I discovered recently. Do share if you’ve got suggestions of your own, and may the Muses be with you!
Cannon in D Minor
Writing an epic battle scene? Or maybe you just need to get your blood plumping before you sit down to type away? Listen to this one.
March of Cambreadth
Also for epic battle scenes. And this one has lyrics! Thanks to my friends Ben and Didi Keppel for introducing it to me a few years ago.
Medieval Ambient (Playlist)
A wonderful custom compilation (although sometimes a bit too melancholy for my mood). Many of the pieces come from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game soundtrack, an excellent collection in its own right. (Click the link below to open in a new tab.)
Anne Azema (Artist)
I have my mother-in-law to thank for bringing my attention to Anne Azema, a musician she heard of on a recent trip to England. The description on Spotify says it all: “This French soprano has been widely acclaimed for her evocative and passionate interpretations of music from the Middle Ages, lute songs from the Renaissance period, Baroque sacred music, and contemporary music theater. She diligently researches and transcribes the material for her many recitals and concerts, and re-creates the intimate understanding derived in this manner in performances noted for their originality and vivacity.”
Looking for more? Last fall I listed some recommendations for virtual fireplaces, nature settings, and video game music to accompany your writing. Check it out if you’re interested.