Exclusive: For every portent of doom over the eight seasons of Game of Thrones, there was an ominous orchestral score to elevate the tension.
Those soaring, stirring and haunting pieces of music will keep the fan fires burning next year when the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience makes its debut in Australia.
A fixture on the touring circuit in America and Europe for the past two years, the immersive audio-visual production will kick off at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on February 7.
The tour then heads to the First State Super Theatre (ICC), Sydney on February 9, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne on February 12, AEC Arena, Adelaide on February 15 and RAC Arena, Perth on February 17.
Composer Ramin Djawadi has curated the concert with popular pieces including the main theme and individual leitmotifs for the major houses, characters and locations.
The music being played live by orchestra is matched with the scene it scored on the big screen.
Audiences are encouraged to get involved, cheering when their favourite character or moments pop up on the video screen or jeering when the villains are featured.
For many Game of Thrones fans, the music was as integral to the groundbreaking television series as whether Jon Snow lived or died.
It initially stood out not only for its effective use to heighten the emotion and drama of the onscreen action, but also because the series creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, had requested Djawadi not to use flutes or violins in the early seasons because they felt those instruments were overused in the fantasy genre.
What no one could have predicted as Game of Thrones became one of the most watched television shows in history was how the music attracted a cult following, particularly among indie bands.
Weird Al Yankovic added lyrics to the main theme for his Game of Thrones parody at the Emmys in 2014, while other artists to pay “tribute” to the song with their own cover versions include festival faves Chvrches, Bare Naked Ladies and 2Cellos.
South Park and The Simpsons have also used the music in episodes.
Djawadi’s most popular pieces on Spotify include Light of The Seven with 70 million streams, followed by the main theme, A Lannister Always Pays His Debts and The Night King.
Unfortunately there is zero chance of Ed Sheeran reprising his cameo performance during the concert.
In addition to the orchestra, the concert also features singers and a choir reprising the songs featuring lyrics in the show’s fictional Valyrian language.
Symphonic spectaculars bringing music from television and film hits have become a staple in our concert halls in recent years, with Joanna Lumley hosting the Blue Planet II Live shows in March and the Sydney Symphony accompanying screenings of Star Wars and Harry Potter movies.
The concerts will help quench the appetite of fans for more GoT content as they wait for the debut of the prequel series Bloodmoon starring Naomi Watts in 2020.
My Live Nation pre-sale for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience kicks off on August 13 from 9am with general tickets on sale from noon on August 16.