Battle of Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo

One overcast summer day in Belgium in 1815, a mighty battle took place. Reinforcements marched in. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, ever the confident leader, would taste a bitter defeat at the hands of the Seventh Coalition, one that would mark the end of his long and tyrannical reign.

This laconic piece of music, inspired by the epic battle whose name it bears, attempts to convey the imagery of pre-20th Century warfare. It opens on a note of melancholic unrest, reflecting the rainy weather of that week, with a piano establishing the tone and a cello morosely dancing about in the prelude key of A minor. Then, the full orchestra joins in as the first wave of attacks commences.

The scene switches to reinforcements marching in, perhaps Wellington’s troops or perhaps the Prussians.

A horn’s loud clarion call hearkens the joining of the battle in earnest. It is mighty. It is furious. Countless dead and wounded dot the pastoral landscape nestled between two wooded ridges, mighty men, fallen in battle. The angels look down upon the gruesome sight.

The French are finally driven back, and suddenly… silence: the dust gradually settles. Therein the tumultuous piece ends on a reflective note on solitary octave of Ds on the piano, leaving the listener suspended.

This is intended for a cinematic audience (esp. a for use in a short film trailer) but would be suitable for any production requiring an exciting, edgy, and historical battle theme – e.g. the Battle of Waterloo, American Civil War, War of 1812, etc.

MANIFEST
FILES                         DURATION                DESCRIPTION
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waterloo.mp3                  2:37                    Full version
waterloo_battle.mp3           0:57                    Battle section, last ~0:57 
waterloo_match.wav            0:49                    Seamless loop of march section.
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