Battle of Hyrule Field (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity) | Orchestral Cover
Well bloody hell, that took a long time to complete. But here it is - a full sheet music transcription / remix / cover of this intense battle theme from Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.
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This includes individual part scores for:
4 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in Bb
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"The track is a fusion of two tracks from Breath of the Wild's OST - the "Field Battle" ( https://youtu.be/fmXUVbqpBw0 ) and the "Lynel / Yiga Battle" ( https://youtu.be/fmXUVbqpBw0 ) - now with extra strings and sauce.
We begin with an original opening, outlining a massive 6 octave span in the piano as the brass come in with material that contains snippets of the "Age of Calamity" motif (here, Bb-A-Eb-F - the falling semitone, then ascending tone). The function of this opening is to bombastically prepare us for our tonic by emphasizing the dominant chord (chord V; here, G major). This chord takes up measures 2 & 3, with the 3rd being coloured further with an augmented 5th chord (G-B-Eb) and added 9th (Ab) for that scrumptious semitonal dissonance.
As the intro concludes (0:08), we get a rare and fascinating metric shift - a metric modulation - where the tempo changes according to a previous note value (here, what was previously a crotchet now becomes a dotted quaver; a shift of 1 : 0.75). This material here is the closest link to BotW's "Field Battle". At 0:13, the metric modulation is reversed (0.75 : 1) and we resume our original tempo (A TEMPO).
The main track then begins at 0:14, with direct material from the "Lynel / Yiga Battle" from BotW. This material is built out of rhythmic syncopation (the stresses fall off of the beat), creating an exciting metric ostinato that persists for a good chunk of the track. This oscillates in a Mixolydian fashion between C - Bb.
As the strings enter at 0:22, the do so with surprising dissonance, utilizing C-Db's and F-F#'s - very harsh clashes! As the final violin enters at 0:26, we get a quick syncopated passage in parallel suspended 4th chords (e.g. C-F-G & Bb-Eb-F). Here, we can start to hear some of the pentatonic elements of this track to create a floating, ambiguous harmony with clashes that, in theory, shouldn't work, but are allowed due to the softer dissonances of pentatonicism.
The passage is nearly repeated at 0:30, now with additional instruments and chromatic piano. There is a remarkable amount of dissonance going on that isn't perceived as such - the 1st violins clash their Db's with the bass C's, and the 2nd violins F# clashes with the cellos regular F's.
At 0:44, we get more allusions to the "Field Battle", and at 0:52, more pentatonicism appears with strings playing in parallel 5ths, largely missing out the notes D + A (for pentatonicism). More pentatonic material occurs at 1:07, again with more parallel 4ths & 5ths in the strings, and we step up a semitone at 1:21 whilst largely retaining the prior material, now with additional bass movement.
As we drop back down to our tonic (1:37), the piano goes off on a 4-bar tangent while our ostinato continues underneath. At 1:44, we get an expansion of a previous section, now with brass doubling the strings and extra bass flourish.
The piano receives another solo at 2:06 as the strings play a slightly altered version of the ostinato. We get a quick shift to the relative major at 2:14 (here, Eb), before slipping back down to C at 2:18. In our lead up to the final climax, the piano outlines many parallel 4ths & 5ths - more evidence of pentatonicm.
Finally, at 2:29, we get a re-statement of earlier material, now with additional bass movement to add additional harmonic colour, and extra lavish piano phrases. As we prepare to ascend a semitone again (2:41), we get extra juicy syncopation to complement this."