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New Transcription: "Lorule Theme I" from Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)

I've just released a new full transcription of Ryo Nagamatsu's brilliant orchestration of Koji Kondo's excellent "Dark World" theme, appearing as "Lorule Theme I" in "The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds" (2013) alongside a recording to test its accuracy. Feel free to check it out!

If you're after the sheet music for "Lorule Theme I", you can find it here!

This includes individual part scores for:

  • Horn in F I

  • Horn in F II

  • 2 Trumpets in Bb

  • 2 Trombones

  • Tuba

  • Timpani

  • Suspended Cymbal

  • Clash Cymbals

  • Acoustic Guitar

  • Percussion Drums

  • Solo Violin I

  • Solo Violin II

  • Solo Viola

  • Solo Violoncello

  • Solo Contrabass

  • Violin I

  • Violin II

  • Viola

  • Violoncello

  • Contrabass

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


Arranger's Note:

"Nagamatsu's orchestrations were almost entirely sampled (this track here is an example of being wholly sampled) due to the quality of the 3DS' speakers. He felt that using a live orchestra would add too much reverberation and muddy low-frequency sounds, so he resorted to sampling where he could control these elements.

The track opens with an original small introductory segment in A Minor which contains melodic elements of the main "Zelda Theme" motif (seen in the trombones 0:02, and horns 0:05). This introduction ends with a G Major chord in the brass clashing with a G Major + Minor 9th + Minor 13th chord (G, B, D, Eb, Ab) rapidly descending in the strings.

Then the remainder is an orchestration of Kondo's classic "Dark World Theme" from "A Link to the Past" with a persistent acoustic guitar and percussive drumming accompaniment (which may be a combination of congas/tablas) and the melodic material played by a solo violin.

Nagamatsu added new melodic material with the addition of a horn (0:29) and trumpet (0:42) constructed out of the violin's melody and to provide further interest."


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