The Great Musician is a Great Person acquired through Specialists or Wonders.


It has been said that "music is the soul of a people." If that is indeed the case, then "Great Musicians" are the guardians of that soul. Whatever the form, whatever the instruments, no other art speaks to our emotions like music. From the time that men first beat out a rhythm on logs, to the modern electronic orchestra, great composers and performers have expressed the collective sorrows and joys of each civilization.


The Great Musician is one of the new types of Artists in the Brave New World expansion. The main method of producing him is building a Musicians' Guild and assigning Specialists to work there.

As with other Great Artists, Musicians can produce a Great Work, which may then be placed within your buildings for a permanent bonus to  Tourism and Culture. Their other ability, "Concert Tour," may be used in another civilization's lands for a one-time boost to your cultural influence with them (a part of which is also shared between all other civilizations). Use this to take over your pesky cultural rivals who withstand the power of your culture!

Note that a Great Musician, unlike a Great Prophet, can only enter the territory of civilizations with which you have an open borders agreement. This presents a problem, because many of your direct rivals in the endgame won't agree to open their borders to you, and your Great Musicians will never be able to set foot in their territory. You will either have to negotiate tough agreements where you trade off a lot more than you get, or declare war on them and share your music by force.

Unique Unit Replacements

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
Azerbaijan (Rasulzade)
  • May be upgraded to a Great Writer for 10 Gold Gold
  • Concert Tour rewards a higher amount of Tourism Tourism
Comparsa Folklórica  Bolivia (Belzu)
  • May be expended in cities to start a 10 turn We Love the King Day
Mardis Gras Acadia (Beausoleil)
  • +1 Movement
  • Ignores enemy zones of control
  • May defend itself
Drummer (1)
Tadibya The Nenets (Vavlyo)
  • May Spread Religion (three uses, 1000 FaithIcon Religious Strength)
  • May be expended to spawn a source of Deer on a tile
  • Cannot create Great Works of Music
Troubadour Aquitaine (Eleanor)
  • Produces a lump sum of Gold Gold when expended, based on your combined CultureIcon Culture and Tourism Tourism output.

List of Names

Great Musician Names
  1. John Adams
  2. Al-Kindi
  3. Alla Rakha
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. Louis Ballard
  6. Ludwig van Beethoven
  7. Prince Benbadhanabongse
  8. Alban Berg
  9. David Blanasi
  10. Johannes Brahms
  11. Benjamin Britten
  12. Prince Buster
  13. William Byrd
  14. John Cage
  15. Carlos Chávez
  16. Frédéric Chopin
  17. Sayed Darwish
  18. Claude Debussy
  19. Guillaume Dufay
  20. Antonín Dvořák
  21. Duke Ellington
  22. Enheduanna
  23. Ulvi Cemal Erkin
  24. Gaspar Fernandes
  25. Giovanni Gabrieli
  26. George Gershwin
  27. Carlo Gesualdo
  28. Guido d'Arezzo
  29. George Handel
  30. Franz Josef Haydn
  31. Gustav Holst
  32. Charles Ives
  33. Ji Kang
  34. Orlande de Lassus
  35. Solomon Linda
  36. Ferenc Liszt
  37. Emerico Lobo de Mesquita
  38. Gustav Mahler
  39. Guillaume de Machaut
  40. Meerabai
  41. Mesomedes
  42. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  43. Modest Mussorgsky
  44. R. Carlos Nakai
  45. Jacob Obrecht
  46. Johannes Ockeghem
  47. Niccolò Paganini
  48. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  49. Hanna Petros
  50. Josquin des Prez
  51. Maurice Ravel
  52. Steve Reich
  53. Silvestre Revueltas
  54. Camille Saint Saëns
  55. Esteban Salas y Castro
  56. Erik Satie
  57. Manuel Saumell
  58. Francisco Manuel da Silva
  59. Johann Strauss II
  60. Richard Strauss
  61. Thomas Tallis
  62. Taizan Higuchi
  63. Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  64. Giuseppe Verdi
  65. Richard Wagner
  66. Wasitodiningrat
  67. Hugo Wolf
  68. Yamada Kengyo
  69. Yatsuhashi Kengyo
  70. Ziryab