The Great Musician is a type of Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of Great Works of Music. Each Great Musician may be activated up to two times on a tile containing an empty slot which accepts Great Works of Music (such as a Theater Square district with a Broadcast Center, a Palace, or suitable wonder), creating up to two Great Works of Music.
Earning Great Musicians
Great Musicians may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Great Musician points. Theater Squares generate +1 Great Musician point per turn, +2 more if the city has built the Oracle, and Broadcast Centers generate an additional +2 Great Musician points per turn. The Russian Lavra provides +1 Great Musician point if there is a Worship building in it, and the American Film Studio provides +2 Great Musician points. Further points may also be earned by completing the Theater Square Performances project in a city with a Theater Square. Players who do not have enough points may patronize a Musician by paying the difference using Faith or Gold.
Several wonders also provide Great Musician points. The Bolshoi Theatre provides +2 Great Musician points, the Broadway wonder provides +3 Great Musician points, and the Sydney Opera House provides +5 Great Musician points each turn.
Players can also increase their Great Musician point yields by using the Symphonies policy card, which generates +4 Great Musician points per turn. In Gathering Storm, it also grants +4 more for every Broadcast Center or Film Studio owned.
The Stockholm Suzerain bonus (or Bologna in Gathering Storm) increases the number of Great Musician points generated from each Theater Square district by +1. (Note that in Rise and Fall, this bonus is only active if the Theater Square has a completed Amphitheater building.)
- Available with the Babylon Pack DLC.
Great Musicians are very valuable to players pursuing a Cultural Victory, though this value becomes apparent later than the other Culture-oriented Great People. Wonders and buildings with slots for Great Works of Music do not become available until the Industrial Era (with the exceptions of the Palace, Apadana, a Bank built by Giovanni de' Medici, and the Queen's Bibliotheque of Kristina, all of which can hold Great Works of any kind), and there are only three of them: the Bolshoi Theatre, Broadway, and the Sydney Opera House. Apart from these, the Broadcast Center is the only regular building that can hold Great Works of Music. However, if you can attract enough Great Musicians to fill these wonders and all of your Broadcast Centers with Great Works of Music, the Satellite Broadcasts Policy Card will reward you with a huge output of Tourism. Other civilizations will have had plenty of time to build up their Culture defense by the time Great Musicians and Great Works of Music come into play, so this policy card helps tremendously in counteracting the lateness of their effects.
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 beat, whatever the instruments, no other art speaks to our emotions like music. Since it does, it is also the most subjective of the arts; what is heavenly harmony to one is just a cacophony of noise to another. That rather broadens the definition of what is “great” music; perhaps the best way to judge this “greatness” is how long a piece has continued to be played and appreciated by others. But 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.