Instrumental songs with similar energy to the William Tell Overture
February 18, 2014 6:28 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for instrumental songs that have a similar energy to the finale of the William Tell Overture. Genre doesn't really matter, but tone shouldn't be dark. What does: a big call to action, the sense that things are getting bigger and bigger and, most importantly, a tempo that feels like it's almost careening out of control. I've already perused this thread.
posted by nathancaswell to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The Pirates of the Caribbean theme? Hearing it while watching a marathon made me start running 10ks...
posted by runincircles at 6:34 AM on February 18, 2014

Foggy Mountain Breakdown
posted by Rad_Boy at 7:26 AM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

The overture from Candide by Leonard Bernstein. Vivaldi - Concerto "alla rustica" in G-major, RV 151 (used in the film All That Jazz). The scherzo from Beethoven Symphony #9. Smetana's Moldau has sections that fit the bill.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 7:40 AM on February 18, 2014

1812 Overture (with cannons)
posted by Comrade_robot at 7:52 AM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

The finale from Kalinnikov's Symphony 1 in g.

Third Suite by Robert Jager, most certainly the Rondo (movement 3). FYI, the three movements are March, Waltz, Rondo. The March is in 7/4 (with bits of 5), Waltz is in 5/4 (more precisely 3/4|2/4), and the Rondo is in 6/8. I played the piece in college with a conductor who was really feeling his oats at the concert and ran the tempo at the top of the Rondo at what he usually ran it at the recapitulation accelerando in the final 16 bars. Brutal.
posted by plinth at 7:53 AM on February 18, 2014

Shostakovich's Festive Overture. Even more intense by an 8 trumpet ensemble.
posted by plinth at 8:16 AM on February 18, 2014

Wuthering Heights - Bad Hobbits Die Hard
Korpiklaani - Pine Woods, Running with the Wolves, Pixies Dance + Juokse Sinä Humma
(~90% Instrumental) Turisas - Sahti-Waari, In the Court of Jarisleif
posted by gueneverey at 8:40 AM on February 18, 2014

Rossini, Signor Crescendo, has plenty of other energetic music...
posted by jim in austin at 8:41 AM on February 18, 2014

This is fun.
The Children of Sanchez.
posted by plinth at 8:43 AM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

a tempo that feels like it's almost careening out of control

John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Lollapalooza both scratch that particular itch.
posted by troika at 10:02 AM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

If you're interested in alternate versions, Flight of the Valkyries done for Daniel Bryan (YES! YES! YES!) has some of that feel.
posted by skittlekicks at 11:01 AM on February 18, 2014

Fourth movement from Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.
posted by John Borrowman at 1:01 PM on February 18, 2014

Into the Arena?
Other versions available, of course, but I like the ragged charm of this version.

Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, 4th movement
posted by Grangousier at 1:04 PM on February 18, 2014

I have a playlist called "really fast" for this purpose! It has:
The Dance of the Hours

Folk Dances by Shostakovitch

Armenian Dances, Part 1, by Alfred Reed

Dance of the Comedians, by Smetana

Some of these take a bit to get to the fast bit, but are all the better for it when they finally get there.
posted by damayanti at 2:23 PM on February 18, 2014

Aram Khachaturian - Sabre Dance

The Hockey Night in Canada theme song is pretty good too.
posted by troika at 2:35 PM on February 18, 2014

Gustav Holst's The Planets, especially Mars (which does take a little while to get started) and Jupiter.

Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. Some are more energetic than others but on the whole they're pretty genki.

It's a bit out there but you could try Lamento di Tristano; it starts out extremely meditatively but wait till you get to about 4.30.

I also really like Celtic music for this. Start listening to a bunch of Irish or Scottish jigs and reels. Impossible to sit still! (Altan is also one of the best bands EVAR.)
posted by Athanassiel at 5:22 PM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

In the hall of the mountain king, Power House ,Beetle juice intro some of these are a it slow to start, but that is what makes them work.
posted by boilermonster at 10:07 AM on February 19, 2014

Circus Galop by Marc-André Hamelin
posted by plinth at 9:58 AM on February 20, 2014

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