Category of the Epic as a Part of the Theoretical Paradigm of Contemporary Musicology


  • Oksana Serhiieva Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music
  • Nadiia Broiako Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts
  • Veronika Dorofieieva Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts
  • Tetiana Kaplun International Humanitarian University
  • Ihor Shcherbak V.O. Sukhomlynskyi National University of Mykolaiv
  • Oksana Gorozhankina South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky



modern music art, postmodernism, epic music, orchestral music, soundtrack, trailer, video games, anime


The article is devoted to the question of the categories of the epic as part of the theoretical paradigm of contemporary musicology. It is proven that nowadays there are many books, magazines and articles about the epic genre of music. The concept of a soundtrack that appeared in the 1950s is highlighted of XX century. The compilation of songs “Carmina Burana”, which became the reason for the appearance of the music for the trailers was investigated. It has been established that since the 90s of the XX century, the first companies that were engaged in the creation of music for trailers began to appear - “Globus” and “Inmediate Music”. It is determined that the first studio album of the group “Globus” was “Epicon”. It is noted that video games belong to epic music. It has been studied that epic soundtracks are most often used in video games with the plot of war, confrontation and battles. It is noted that Jeremy Soule, who gained fame thanks to the game series “Elder Scrolls” and “Harry Potter” is the most famous composer of orchestral music video games. The importance of music is emphasized for the video games of the famous American composer Garry Schyman. Emphasis is placed on the talented works of German instrumentalist Hans Zimmer. It is noted that the music is epic and cinematic. Samples of the musical epic of Ukrainian composers are highlighted. Explored Japanese anime style animation. Revealed that talented artists receive the MTV Video Music Awards every year.


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How to Cite

Serhiieva, O., Broiako, N., Dorofieieva, V., Kaplun, T., Shcherbak, I., & Gorozhankina, O. (2022). Category of the Epic as a Part of the Theoretical Paradigm of Contemporary Musicology. Postmodern Openings, 13(1), 351-362.



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