Originally Posted by Lord Tyger
Can anybody suggest some ominous marches (besides, of course, The Imperial March, AKA Vader's theme). I'm planning ahead a villain who keeps around a Dominated and/or undead bard just to play theme music for his entrances, and trying to work out the best music.
I have a fondness for using Romantic German composers for villains. As a bonus, they are especially effective with history buffs due to the association with...well, I hate to Godwin the thread, but the point is relevant.
One of my personal favorites:
Siegfried's Funeral March
from Wagner's Götterdämmerung
. A version played at a faster tempo may or may not suit your villain better, but I couldn't quickly locate a recording that wasn't of horrible quality.
And if you happen to have a villain that falls under the creepy child trope, Mahler put something perfect in the third movement of Symphony No. 1
. Yes, that is what you think it is.