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New Arrangement: "Wintery Imil" from Golden Sun (2001)

An oft requested track from the classic JRPG, "Golden Sun" (2001) - "Wintery Imil" - now orchestrated with high quality samples. Feel free to check it out!

Feel free to download the score and recording here!

If you are one of my Patrons, you can now find the MIDI, XML and SIB files I created for this arrangement now available to download from your Patreon Google Drive folder!

Arranger's Note:

"One of the final themes to be heard during the Prox epilogue (and elsewhere), this theme is quite an important one.

It opens gorgeously in the C Lydian mode (C-D-E-F#-G-A-B-C), alternating C major and D major chords on top of a pedal C while a panflute plays through a fragile melody.

At 0:39, we move to a new section with the oboe taking on the lead role. Here, we remain in C Lydian (noted by the F#'s) as we progress through a lovely phrase of C - D - Bm - C.

This section ends with a suggested modulation into the submediant key of G major (noted by the conclusion in D major at 0:55, the dominant of G). However, this proves to be false as an interrupted cadence takes place as we modulate instead into the relative of E minor. The emotional climax of the track then ensues in all its glory.

I struggled quite a bit with arranging this one; I couldn't quite decide on an instrument to take on the warm synthesizer that plays accompanying echoed notes. Ultimately, I decided on using two vibraphones to get a more shimmering timbre as opposed to warmth. While this does not sustain as well as the synthesizers, I hope you agree it is effective!

Further, the addition of the ad lib. choir was a late one, but without it the arrangement felt notably empty. Adding a subtle choir backing fleshed out the entire arrangement, adding a gentle peaceful quality - fitting for the track that follows immediately after the final lighthouse is lit."

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