Typically enough, in the hour or so of free time that I set aside to post yesterday, Blogger was down. :-/ As I am going on holiday at the end of this week AND starting work on Monday, I can't really afford to miss any posts!
The genres of music in this section of the guide are linked by a tenuous thread; I felt that together they display, to a certain extent, the love of history and culture displayed by many in the Goth scene. I hope you will agree!
The more comonly-used term 'neoclassical' actually refers to neoclassicism, "a twentieth-century trend [in music], particularly current in the period between the two World Wars, in which composers sought to return to aesthetic precepts associated with the broadly defined concept of "classicism", namely order, balance, clarity, economy, and emotional restraint." (- Wikipedia). Within the dark music scenes, the word 'neoclassical' is used to refer to 'neoclassical darkwave', a subgenre of darkwave music characterised by its ethereal atmosphere and angelic vocals, predominantly female.
Neoclassical darkwave is heavily influenced by classical music, and typical instruments include pipe organs, brass instruments and synths.
Neoclassical darkwave artists include: Amber Asylum, Rising Shadows, Love Is Colder Than Death, Persephone, Life's Decay, The Changelings, Chaostar, Elend, Devil Doll, Bacio De Tosca.
Medieval music was traditionally written, as is obvious, in Europe during the Middle Ages. It is performed with instruments that existed in said era, such as the flute, recorder, pan flute, gemshorn and string instruments such as the lute, gittern, dulcimer and zither. It includes many subgenres equally popular amongst Goths such as the Gregorian chant.
Many modern musicians have adopted the musical style and instruments of this era and, often, original Medieval and/or Renaissnance songs. These include: Mediaeval Baebes, Blackmore's Night, Estampie, Dead Can Dance, Narsilion, Omnia, The Moon and the Nightspirit, Trobar De Morte, Elane, Die Irrlichter.
Celtic music can be used to describe a varied selection of music genres inspired by the musical traditions of the Celtic people. Many Goths enjoy music with a Celtic inspiration or feel; the following enjoy particular popularity amongst members of the dark alternative scenes: Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Blackmore's Night, Omnia.
Again world music is an umbrella term, covering traditional or folk music from hundreds of different cultures across the globe; a lot of Goths enjoy music from different cultures around the world. What genres and cultures precisely will of course depend on the Goth themselves: for example I am partial to Celtic folk music, African tribal, Native American chants, and even a little Bhangra.
As I'm sure you can tell, trying to guess which musicians, out of hundreds of genres and thousands of cultures, are enjoyed by a large number of Goths would border on the impossible, so I'm just going to list a few of my own favourites and leave you to draw your own conclusions (and post your own favourites in the comments section, I hope!).
My 'world' music favourites include: Sacred Spirit, Oceania (a New Zealand band combining Maori music and modern music; some Goth points for this one please, since one of the band members and the writer of the music is Jaz from Killing Joke), Deep Forest, Irfan, Daemonia Nymphe.
Classical music hardly needs to be described; for the sake of argument, I shall merely note that it often exhibits artistic complexity, and whilst most styles of music are in song form, classical music can also take the shape of a sonata, concerto, symphony, opera, suite and more. The instruments used in most, but not all, classical music were invented usually much earlier than the 19th century.
Many Goths enjoy classical music in some form; popular composers include: Bach, Wagner, Bartok, Beethoven, Moussorgsky, Rachmanninov, Schubert, Stravinski, Verdi, Shostakovich.