The first live orchestral concert dedicated to the music of Skyrim and other Elder Scrolls games is just three weeks away. Skyrim in Concert will be held at London's Palladium theatre on November 16 and tickets are available now, though fans of the game's original score should be aware that Skyrim's composer isn't happy about it.
Skyrim in Concert, which will also feature selections from Oblivion and Morrowind, is being arranged by Andrew Skeet. This isn't Skeet's first time working with Skyrim music - you may have heard his orchestral version of 'Far Horizons' on 'The Greatest Video Game Music 2' album. But that's also part of the problem: original Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule protested Skeet's revisions on his public Facebook page.
"Same guy rewrote the entire middle section of 'Far Horizons'... is the guy behind this concert," Soule wrote. "Andrew Skeet didn't merely arrange my 'Far Horizons,' he wrote something entirely different from a legal standpoint. This Skyrim Concert is bound to be full of the same 'liberties' and frankly, he has no regard for my work or the integrity of the franchise".
Soule said the initial articles about Skyrim in Concert were the first he'd heard about it: "To be sure, I don't know who these people are and I don't endorse a concert that is trading on my name and music that has absolutely no oversight or involvement on my part. For my fans, I just want you to know what you're getting if you pay to attend this concert. Be wary."
Skeet seems like a talented composer and his orchestral renditions for Skyrim in Concert will probably still be grand and pleasingly familiar, even without Soule's approval. But it is a massive bummer that the guy originally responsible for creating those memorable melodies has been left feeling slighted by what should be a celebration of his work.
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