Choicest VGM - VGM #180 - Frontier: Elite II - The Great Gate of Kiev

Composed by: Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by: Dave Lowe

Here's the final track to feature from Dave Lowe's Frontier: Elite II soundtrack that is composed by the great Modest Mussorgsky. It's "The Great Gate of Kiev" from "Pictures at an Exhibition" and if it weren't for Mr Lowe, I probably wouldn't have such appreciation for this piece of music as I do now. Sure, it doesn't sound as good as a real orchestra but the grandiose nature of the piece makes it a perfect accompaniment to whenever you receive a promotion to the next rank in the game. Too bad they never added it to Elite: Dangerous.

Also, I'd like to take the opportunity to mention about Dave and Holly Jazz Lowe's Orchestral and Retrogaming music project that only has a few hours left as I upload this video. It's hanging around at £24,422 and there's still some way to go to meet the £33,000 goal, so it looks pretty unlikely to succeed at the moment if I was to be perfectly honest, but every little bit helps. Regardless of the outcome, I want to thank Dave and Holly for all their efforts - to have at least given the fans a chance to back this project :).

Oh and where did I get the music? I recorded it directly from the game audio (using the Adlib/Sound Blaster option) while running the game through DOSBox. I did find MIDI files of the DOS version's music online but they just weren't the same as how I remembered. So there you have it :)