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The Banner Saga 3

by Austin Wintory

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Jordan Vauvert La trilogie The Banner Saga est sortie sur une intervalle de six ans : on pourra facilement comprendre à quel point elle est importante pour Austin Wintory. Si on peut écouter les deux premiers volets pour leurs ambiances, le troisième s'apprécie vraiment pour sa technique et sa maturité. Austin Wintory accentue la pression à grands renforts de cuivres et n'hésite pas à aller vers la cacophonie ("Steel flowing as water") et même la dissonance ("Blades sing from below"). La meilleure des trois ! Favorite track: With a mighty grief that was ours and theirs.
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Kenogu Labz This soundtrack is more sharply dissonant than the prior two, in the best of ways. At times cacophonous, there's many times - especially in the 30m of the blockbuster finale in tandem with the three prior build-up pieces - where musical phrases cut short before they've completed. That's what the album feels like: something's deeply wrong with the world, and lives are cut short before their time. It's desperate, on edge, and every minute of that finale is worth it every time. Favorite track: With a mighty grief that was ours and theirs.
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Baðað ljósi magnast myrkur. Undir eilífðar sól loks af friður hlýst. Áfram. Showered in light, darkness rises. Under the endless sun. At last peace descends. Onward
Það vex ekkert tré myrku hvolfi í Og í heiðríkju Við kveðjum okkar hraustustu menn. The trees cannot grow in a moonless sky. And in endless light, We bid farewell to the best of us.
Give us luck 01:55
Við hljótum lán og fögnum. Við lærum lán og döfnum. Give us luck, we rejoice. Teach us luck, we prosper
Fate, chosen 02:54
Baðað ljósi magnast myrkur. Undir eilífðar sól Og við sverðs míns egg Loks af friður hlýst. Er sól loks til viðar leggst, við hinsta andardrátt, Land gunnfána og beina Engin stjarna skín, lúðragjall, né heiður Sigur í svefni hlýst. Við örfáir, minnumst þessa nú Showered in light, darkness rises. Under the endless sun, And by the edge of my blade, At last peace descends. There will be no stars, nor fanfares, nor honor. Victory shall be sleep. When the sun finally sets, and final breaths are drawn, The land, of bones and banners. Only we few, remember it now.


It's difficult to know what to say about this game or franchise after spending the last 6 years basking in it. To call it one of the best experiences of my life is certainly accurate, but it's more than that. Few projects have ever catapulted my personal growth as an artist more than these have, and the 3rd title probably the most of all.

I feel intensely grateful to Stoic for so openly inviting all my musical instincts on these games, and letting me wander off into the forest with some truly harebrained ideas. Rarely could I imagine more trusting collaborators.

Similarly, these scores would never be what they are without the army of amazing musicians. From the orchestra in London to the various soloists around the world, I can't possibly overstate my gratitude. In particular, my trio of Youtube stars who've ridden the wave from day 1: Taylor Davis, Malukah and Peter Hollens.

I hope you enjoy this final installment, and find delicious the dread and darkness I had the privilege of conjuring up.


released July 26, 2018

Music composed, conducted and produced by Austin Wintory

Performed by The London Session Orchestra

Richard Watkins – French horn
Alistair Mackie – trumpet
David Bishop – baritone saxophone

Featured solos:
Taylor Davis – violin
Kristin Naigus – solo winds
Malukah – vocals
Peter Hollens – vocals
Johann Sigurdarson – vocals
Anthony Parnther – bass sarrusophone
Noah Gladstone – bukkehorn
Mike Neimietz – prepared electric guitar
Randin Graves – didgeridoo
Austin Wintory – accordion

And specially featuring vocals by Eivør

Orchestrations – Susie Seiter and Austin Wintory
MIDI transcription – M.R. Miller
Copyist – Steven Juliani Music
Librarian – Jill Streater Global Music Services
Orchestra contractor – Amy Stewart for Isobel Griffiths Ltd.

Score engineered by Jake Jackson
ProTools digital recordist – John Prestage
Score mixed and mastered by Steve Kempster
Music editor – Kevin Globerman
Mix assistant – Matt Friedman
Score implementation – John Watson and David Grayson

Lyrics by Austin Wintory and Alex Thomas
Translations by Stefán Már Magnússon
Album art direction by Arnie Jorgensen
Eivør appears courtesy of A&G Songs

In memory of Brian O’Connor.

Austin Wintory wishes to thank: the incredible soloists, the amazing London orchestra, Amy Stewart and Isobel Griffiths, Jill Streater, my extraordinary London and Los Angeles crews, Eivør, Roy Lidstone-Jackson, the brilliant Sarah Kovacs and Kraft-Engel team, my family and my inspiring muse Angela Bermúdez.

And finally, a very special thank you to Stoic Studio for giving me one of the most rewarding experiences of my career and life.


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