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New Transcription: "Main Theme" from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (2020)

It's nearly time to learn what happened 100 years ago... with a new orchestral sheet music transcription for the highly anticipated Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity.

If you're after the sheet music, score, XML or MIDI for the main theme from Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity, you can find links here!

This includes individual part scores for:

  • Full Score

  • 2 Flutes

  • Oboe

  • 4 Horns in F

  • 2 Trumpets in Bb

  • 2 Trombones

  • Bass Trombone

  • Tuba

  • Timpani

  • Bass Drum

  • Taiko Drums

  • Suspended Cymbal

  • Clash Cymbals

  • Tam-tam

  • Percussion I

  • Percussion II

  • Piano

  • Choir

  • Violin I

  • Violin II

  • Viola

  • Violoncello

  • Contrabass

If you are one of my Patrons, you can now find the MIDI, XML, SIB files, as well as stems and multitracks I created for this transcription now available to download from your Patreon Google Drive folders!


Arranger's Note:

"We open the track with an "ad lib." ("freely") piano phrase introducing us to an original "Age of Calamity" motif (an important melody appearing multiple times throughout the OST). While this is initially presented in a G minor tonality (G-Bb-D), we very quickly modulate away via a tertiary modulation (a 3rd away) to E minor (E-G-B; 0:08).

Within 10 seconds, we are already abandoning our established home tonic. This may suggest that the home is no longer safe (through the invasion of Ganon), leading to the characters seeking new shelter in other distant territories - new tonalities.

Regarding instrumentation, the piano takes a central role here (complementing the main role it had in Breath of the Wild), playing numerous delicate arpeggio passages (0:08) akin to the flickering material found in the original BotW OST.

This arpeggiated material continues for some time, surrounded by a sustained brass and string pad and some yearning violin melodies. This shifts to the sub-mediant at 0:40 (C major; C-E-G) with the horn taking over the melodic role. Quickly - remembering our tragic narrative here - we drop instantly to the minor (0:47; C minor; C-Eb-G).

Then at 0:54, we enter a new aggressive section in our original tonic of G minor via a plagal cadence (IV - I; Cm - Gm). Here, the brass resumes the melodic role, playing a rhythmically syncopated motif bearing resemblance to our opening motif (Bb-A-F-G, now D-C-A-Bb). The percussion picks up with many intricacies, and a steadily treading ostinato appears in the strings as if readying for war. Large added note chords make an appearance to colour the harmony, including a minor 9th (G-Bb-D-F-A; 1:01) and major 7ths (Eb-G-Bb-D; 1:04).

The trumpets, flutes and violins take over the melody at 1:06 as we get a near-repeat of the previous 4-measure phrase with some slight alterations to the melodic material. As this phrase concludes (1:19), we remain on the sub-mediant (Eb) as the opening piano motif returns in full, sounding atop various different chords (Eb, F and C - the latter of which creates an interesting dominant 7th chord).

At 1:25, we get another tertiary shift from C to Eb with an expanded choir as the strings slowly climb upward triumphantly towards another statement of the motif. As the phrase nears its end (1:37), we get some metric dissonance with the time signature (which I read as 3/4 - 4/4 - 2/4; an extra beat has slipped in).

As the instruments descend in unison (1:43), we rest surprisingly on the Dominant (D major; D-F#-A) and progress harmonically up a very familiar pattern of D - Eb - F - Eb (a harmonic pattern appearing throughout Nintendo's video game music, e.g. Gusty Garden Galaxy). Further, our arpeggiating piano has now returned.

Finally, we get a massive descending passage in octave unison (1:56), before concluding with one final aggressive stab on D - the dominant, suggesting that Ganon has successfully dominated the champions. Well, either way, we know what the outcome is."


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