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With such titles as "Prelude," "Minuet," "Bolero," "Serenade," "Nocturne," and "Requiem," the second set of six ocarina tunes that Link learns on his adventures in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time lend themselves perfectly to a suite of short works. This collection of arrangements lasts roughly twenty minutes and is geared towards intermediate- to early-advanced-level pianists.

WORKS IN THIS COLLECTION

6: The Requiem of Spirit

posted 22 October 2017

Well, it ain't a requiem in the game, and this arrangement ain't a requiem, either. I turned it into a pseudo-passacaglia that pays homage to the passacaglia from English composer Cyril Scott's "Pastoral Suite." Basically, it just repeats the same four-bar melody over and over, but the surrounding material changes every time.

Fun fact: the right-hand run that starts at ~2:06 was originally written as simply a descending chromatic scale (the very tail-end of which I kept), but I thought that was super boring, so I rewrote it into what you hear in the video in the day or two I was practicing it before I recorded it.

The performance is mostly fine, but I'm really unhappy with how the recording itself turned out: I just don't have good enough equipment to adequately capture the difference between the softer and more intense sections, so it all sounds kind of the same to me. One day when I have better stuff, I may go back and record these again, but, for now, I just work with what I've got.

[Note: I notated all of the scores for this suite using MuseScore 1.x, and am in the process of updating them for MuseScore 2.x, which makes them look a lot nicer overall. It's just taking awhile. I'll post the scores to these video pages as soon as they're updated.]

5: The Nocturne of Shadow

posted 22 October 2017

Contrary to the previous entry in the set, this is my favorite of the six, and I'm pretty okay with how the recording came out, too. The original has this kind of this weird, atonal sound going on, which I kept in the middle section of the arrangement, using a lot of whole-tone-scale-based harmonies and heavy parallel fifths in the bass, but I added some definite tonality to the beginning and end to make it more nocturne-like.

Like The Bolero of Fire, this is very accessible, so if you're looking for a good jumping-in point as far as learning my arrangements is concerned, this is a good option.

[Note: I notated all of the scores for this suite using MuseScore 1.x, and am in the process of updating them for MuseScore 2.x, which makes them look a lot nicer overall. It's just taking awhile. I'll post the scores to these video pages as soon as they're updated.]

4: The Serenade of Water

posted 22 October 2017

I don't have much to say about this arrangement. It's my least favorite of the six in the set. Maybe it can be your least favorite, too! It might just be that it's my least favorite of the source tunes. I do like that I was able to incorporate the ending tag into the piece itself as a second melody, though.

[Note: I notated all of the scores for this suite using MuseScore 1.x, and am in the process of updating them for MuseScore 2.x, which makes them look a lot nicer overall. It's just taking awhile. I'll post the scores to these video pages as soon as they're updated.]

3: The Bolero of Fire

posted 22 October 2017

This is the only work in the set that incorporates a lot of original material. While the Bolero of Fire in the game is accompanied by an actual bolero rhythm, the melody itself is pretty boring. In this arrangement, I weave it into some original melodic material to spruce it up a bit and give it a more authentic Latin bolero sound.

This one is probably the easiest of the six to play (though you could make that argument for The Nocturne of Shadow, as well), so if you want to try one of my arrangements but you're not quite sure what you're comfortable with, this would be a good place to start.

[Note: I notated all of the scores for this suite using MuseScore 1.x, and am in the process of updating them for MuseScore 2.x, which makes them look a lot nicer overall. It's just taking awhile. I'll post the scores to these video pages as soon as they're updated.]

2: The Minuet of Forest

posted 22 October 2017

All of the ocarina tunes in this set have two parts: the part you actually play on your ocarina in game, and a little tag that plays at the end. Some of the tags aren't really interesting enough to do anything with musically (The Prelude of Light), and some are almost identical to the ocarina song itself (The Nocturne of Shadow, The Requiem of Spirit). The Minuet of Forest's is okay, though, so I used it as the basis for the "trio" section of this minuet. I also used a little bit of Saria's Song (this was before I knew I was going to write a second set of arrangements based on the other ocarina tunes) as transitional material.

It's noted in the score, but the beginnings of the whirligig right-hand sections can be reduced from a tenth to an octave, if you have small hands. :D

[Note: I notated all of the scores for this suite using MuseScore 1.x, and am in the process of updating them for MuseScore 2.x, which makes them look a lot nicer overall. It's just taking awhile. I'll post the scores to these video pages as soon as they're updated.]

1: The Prelude of Light

posted 22 October 2017

Although this set was written to be comparatively "easy" (i.e., for intermediate/late-intermediate pianists), it's bookended by slightly more difficult arrangements. The wide, nonstop left-hand figures here may prove a bit challenging for those who find the middle four works closer to their comfort level. Just think of it as "The Etude of Light," and you'll be fine.

With the prelude having become somewhat of a nebulous musical form over the centuries, I decided to keep this pretty simple: it stays close to the source material and it never really ventures off.

[Note: I notated all of the scores for this suite using MuseScore 1.x, and am in the process of updating them for MuseScore 2.x, which makes them look a lot nicer overall. It's just taking awhile. I'll post the scores to these video pages as soon as they're updated.]