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Take a Musical Journey Back to Hyrule

Posted on August 23, 2012 AT 08:56pm

A short time ago, I had the opportunity to listen to some of the most beloved songs from my childhood, as played by an orchestra.  No, I wasn’t listening to orchestrated versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Mighty Morphin Power Rangers themes, although that sounds pretty awesome too, I was in attendance for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses live concert.  I can certainly tell you that if it’s coming to your town, your butt needs to be planted in one of those seats in the audience.

Walking towards the theater, the first thing I noticed was a large screen mounted high above the orchestra.  As the logo for the concert appeared on the screen, I could hardly contain my urge to shout “Hey! Listen!”, but managed to stay my urges for fear the reaction of punching me in the face being more popular than the chuckle I sought.  As the members of the orchestra began to play the overture, images from the games played across the screen as music from the respective titles flowed from the stage.

After they were done playing the overture, which was comprised of a variety of what was to come, they moved on to a compilation of different dungeon music from the series.  This was actually one of my favorite pieces from the entire show and was very well put together.  Most of the dungeon music featured was from the top-down 2D games in the series such as A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening, which upscale surprisingly well from chiptune to real instruments.

If you purchased a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you have likely already heard the next song they played.  It’s hard not to love the soothing sound of the Kakariko Village theme.  In most of the games of the series, you’ll spend enough time there to be able to hum along quite well when listening to this song.

Next of the program was a little piece they called Songs of the Hero, which was a compilation of all the songs that Link has played throughout the series.  Everything from the Song of Time to the Song of Storms made an appearance in the piece.  A bit later in the show, the conductor, while announcing the next song, apologized about how well the orchestra had played the Songs of the Hero.  The reason being was that after hearing the Song of Storms, it actually rained on those of us sitting in the lawn section of the theater.

What followed after these introductory pieces were symphony movements for several of the best entries in the Legend of Zelda series.  I won’t go into any further detail about the concert in case you’d like to attend it for yourself, which I highly recommend.  The one hint I will give you is that you should not leave the theater until you are absolutely sure that they are done playing.  Just because people are standing, applauding and there’s nothing left on the program does not mean the concert is over.

Check out the concert schedule to see if it’s coming your way.

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