Kathryn’s Music

My wife, Kathryn, is a talented amateur composer. She likes to write musical scores, much like you might hear in a movie soundtrack. Inspired by my writing, she has composed a number of pieces that she feels represents certain characters and places in my Gods Among Men series. She wrote this music using the free music composition & notation software, MuseScore.

I love the music that she has written, but unfortunately the sound quality of MuseScore’s computer generated instruments is extremely limited. If anyone has suggestion for how we could make better quality recording of these pieces, please contact me. 

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Song List




At The Lady’s Behest Comes

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This is the theme song for the first book in my Gods Among Men series, At the Lady’s Behest Comes…. The music is intended to inspire a sense of mystery mixed with rising action. Kathryn scored this piece for both a full orchestra and for the piano alone.

Full Orchestra Version

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Scored for Piano Version

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Dog Days of Ilium

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One of the most important locations in Gods Among Men is the long-lost underground fortress called Ilium. In the first book, At The Lady’s Behest Comes…, the fortress is reclaimed by the races who lived there distant past, the Gogs and the Magogs.

A Gog is much like a timber wolf crossed with a man: Slender, powerfully build, with a large deeply descending ribcage, sloping back, a large head with a wide forehead, strong jaws with a blunt muzzle, triangular ears that can move independently, and large teeth suited to crushing bone.

Hence the name of this song, Dog Days of Ilium, is a reference to the wolf-like Gogs returning to their ancestral home.

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Guildhall

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Another major location that appears often in Gods Among Men is the mammoth building called Guildhall. Originally a fortress excavated out of a butte, over thousands of years it has has become the ornate, heavily guarded, building that houses the ruling elite for the human empire known as The Guild.

Essentially, Guildhall has become a grand, self-contained city-state–located within the sprawling metropolis of Guildtown–where the most politically important people dwell with little reason to ever leave. The building also serves as the central headquarters for the Guild’s powerful military. This song is inspired by the opulence and power contained within Guildhall.

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Guildtown at Dawn

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Guildtown is sprawling metropolis that grew up around Guildhall. A simple way of thinking of the city is compare it to ancient Rome near the height of its power. Guildtown is the beating heart of the human empire called the Guild. The city occupies a strategic location that grants it tremendous control over the trade between various kingdoms. A vast field of magical energy, called Potis, powers powerful spells that both protect the city and are used to do daily mundane tasks such as powering streetlights, pumping water from the River Eugris to the homes of citizens, removing waste, and even repairing streets. This field of magical energy frequently causes sunlight to refract in ways that makes the air sparkle with color or which can create rainbows.  These prismatic effects are particularly noticeable at dawn.

The song, Guildtown at Dawn, is about one of the central characters, Tara Rihtwis, first time riding through Guildtown as the sun is rising and the city’s populace is awakening and beginning their normal routines. It reflects the sense of overwhelming wonder she feels at being inside a magical city.

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I Remember Marcus

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One of the most important characters in Gods Among Men is Artemis Arrowsmith. When we first see her, she is in her late thirties and haunted by traumas that left her bitter and perpetually angry. One of the worst blows to her psyche was the death, 20 years earlier, of her childhood friend and lover, Marcus.

What I particularly like about this song and I Remember Marcus Reprise is that they capture an essential sadness and despair that runs beneath Artemis’ fierce demeanor. She has been wounded to the core of her soul, and it is grief she can not release or share that keeps her from accepting her loss and moving on with her life. To protect herself from ever again experiencing such emotional harm she drives people away from her with hostility.

I Remember Marcus and I Remember Marcus Reprise are my personal favorites among the songs Kathryn has created. And I think the versions scored for the piano alone are better than the ones scored for an orchestra.

Full Orchestra Version

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Scored for Piano Version

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I Remember Marcus Reprise

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I discussed the inspiration for I Remember Marcus and I Remember Marcus Reprise when discussing  I Remember Marcus above. As I mentioned before, these are my favorites among the songs Kathryn has created. Between the pair, I prefer I Remember Marcus Reprise, and I am especially enamored by the piano version of I Remember Marcus Reprise.

In particular, I can easily imagine the scene when this music would be playing in a movie. In chapter eight–after Artemis reveals to Marcus’ brother, Kern, exactly how Marcus died–Artemis goes out to sit at the tree where she first met Marcus.

It is at this moment that I hear the piano version of I Remember Marcus Reprise playing while Artemis, trapped by melancholy and despair, dwells on her memories of meeting Marcus, the many moments they shared as children, their time as lovers, and the events leading up to his tragic death.

Full Orchestra Version

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Scored for Piano Version

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Ilium

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Earlier, in Dog Days of Ilium, I mentioned that one of the most important locations in Gods Among Men is the long-lost underground fortress called Ilium, ancestral home to the Gogs and Magogs. Dog Days of Ilium is inspired by the rediscovery of Ilium and the Gogs returning to their home. This song, Ilium, tries to capture the sense of Ilium in the distant past when it was at the height of its power and influence.

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The Princess Tara

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When you narrow down the plot in Gods Among Men to its most central story, it revolves around two characters: the protagonist Wizard Damon Roth, and the antagonist Princess Tara Rihtwis.

A point of clarity is needed here.

By calling Damon the protagonist I do not mean to imply he is heroic or morally upright, merely that he is the central character. Gods Among Men is his story. It is his actions and decisions around which the central plot revolves.

Nor by identifying Tara as the antagonist do I mean to imply she is villainous or morally suspect. In fact, Tara is far more heroic and moral than Damon will ever be. Tara is the antagonist simply because her motivation is to oppose the protagonist, Damon.

At the start of the story Tara is about 17 years old, deeply religious, optimistic, extremely well-educated, headstrong, slightly vain, and even somewhat naive. This song is inspired by her character.

Full Orchestra Version

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Scored for Piano Version

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Zephyr

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Zephyr is a rich and powerful kingdom that is home to two important characters in Gods Among Men: the antagonist Princess Tara Rihtwis, and the heroic Prince Morel Rihtwis. This song is intended as Zephyr’s anthem.

Full Orchestra Version

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Scored for Piano Version

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