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"Conquest of Paradise" is a 1992 song recorded by Greek composer Vangelis. It was the soundtrack from Ridley Scott's 1992 film 1492: Conquest of Paradise[1] and the lead single from the album of the same name. The song achieved huge success in many countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland where it topped the singles chart, but was a relative failure in UK where it only peaked at #60. The song's popularity had been boosted in Germany by boxer Henry Maske using it as his theme song.[2]

"Conquest of Paradise"
Conquest of paradise (single).jpg
Single by Vangelis
from the album 1492: Conquest of Paradise
B-side"Moxica and the Horse"
FormatCD single and CD maxi
GenreElectronic, modern classical, ambient
LabelEast West

Its chord progression is based on the old European theme La Follia.


Track listingsEdit

CD single
  1. "Conquest Of Paradise" – 4:47
  2. "Moxica And The Horse" – 7:12
CD maxi-single
  1. "Conquest Of Paradise" – 4:47
  2. "Moxica And The Horse" – 7:12
  3. "Line Open" – 4:43
  4. "Landscape" – 1:37
  • Includes two songs ("Line Open" and "Landscape"), which were not included in the album.


Throughout the whole song, the following lyrics in Pseudo-Latin were repeated several times:[3]

In nòreni per ìpe,
in noreni coràh;
tirà mine per ìto,
ne dominà.

One time this refrain is:

In ròmine tirmèno,
ne ròmine to fa,
imàgine pro mèno,
per imentirà.


Charts and salesEdit

In popular cultureEdit


The song has been covered by many artists, including Blake, Klaus Schulze, Free the Spirit, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra Project, John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra (1996), Daylight (1997), Dana Winner (2002), The Ten Tenors (2004), Rhydian (2009) and Gregorian (2012).

Other usesEdit

At sport eventsEdit

"Conquest of Paradise" is played at home games for the New Zealand Super Rugby team Crusaders and Super League teams Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors. These days it is the unofficial theme tune for the city of Christchurch where the Crusaders rugby team is based. English football club Sheffield Wednesday also play Conquest of Paradise prior to their theme tune before kick off. "Conquest of Paradise" was also played at the Cricket World Cup (2011) and (2015) just before the national anthems of the two contesting national teams were played at the start of every match. It was also played during the 2010 and 2014 cricket World Twenty20 championships to uphold International Cricket Council's "spirit-of-cricket" concept just before the national anthems of the two playing teams. The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc series uses "Conquest of Paradise" at the start, finish and prize ceremonies of its various ultramarathon races.[16] It is also used by the Engadin Skimarathon to introduce the start of the competitors waves. At least in the years 2010-2013. Usually every minute it is interrupted to announce the time until "go!". German boxer Henry Maske used it as his theme song.[17]

In TV shows and cinemaEdit

It was used for many years in the Jeux Sans Frontières, using it during the credits. The single "Conquest of Paradise" has also been inserted in the 2007 Chinese television drama series Soldiers Sortie, and is used as the theme song in the Hindi film, Koyla (1997), Kaalapani (1996) and a Tamil film, Sundara Purushan (1996). Part of the soundtrack to "The man from U.N.C.L.E (2015), Guy Richie.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ King, Alex P. (2004). Hit-parade — 20 ans de tubes (in French). Paris: Pascal. p. 341. ISBN 2-35019-009-9.
  2. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in German) (Retrieved 21 September 2010)
  3. ^ Vangelis lyrics: 1492, Conquest of Paradise
  4. ^ a b c d e "Conquest of Paradise", in various singles charts Archived 1 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  6. ^ "Vangelis singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  8. ^ " – Vangelis – Conquest Of Paradise" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  9. ^ 1995 Austrian Singles Chart Archived 24 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  10. ^ 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Archived 30 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  11. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Archived 14 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  12. ^ 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Archived 23 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  13. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Vangelis – Conquest of Paradise" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Vangelis; 'Conquest of Paradise')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  15. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Vangelis – Conquest of Paradise" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Conquest of Paradise in the "Artiest of titel" box.
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  17. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in German) (Retrieved 21 September 2010)