Just recently, tickets have come on sale for the Legend of Zelda symphony that will be touring the United States over the course of this year in order to continue the celebration of 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda.
Dubbed The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, the symphony will be coming here to Phoenix for two days to play at the Orpheum Theatre on April 20-21.
I could not be more excited at this announcement. To hear the music in-game is one thing. Hearing the music cascade forth from a live symphony should be marvelous.
I wrote a previous post on the importance of music in games and the Legend of Zelda is one of a few game franchises whose music is revered as much as the gameplay and characters.
The Zelda theme is one of the most iconic pieces of gaming music and is one that is sure to raise the spirits and recall nostalgic memories of rescuing Princess Zelda, battling Ganon’s minions and getting lost in the Water Temple.
However, that is one of many memorable pieces that have been crafted for Zelda. In particular, I feel compelled to highlight several other pieces, such as the theme of Princess Zelda. As the namesake of the series, Princess Zelda plays an important role in nearly every Zelda game to date with a few exceptions (Link’s Awakening and the Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages Game Boy games). As such her theme is one that characterizes her kind and gentle spirit.
Next up is one of my favorites, the music played in the Temple of Time from The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. The notes command a calm and a reverence that befits the temple. A fitting feeling for a place that remains a sanctuary of solemn stillness even in a future ravaged by the evil Ganondorf.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask had its fair share of memorable music and I mentioned one such piece, “The Song of Healing,” in my previous post. However another piece that deserves recognition is Last Day, the music that plays as the monstrous moon reaches the penultimate hours of its crash into Termina. What makes it so remarkable for me is that Last Day manages to convey a sort of melancholy urgency. Like an eerie call beckoning you to the Clock Tower to face the Skull Kid and stop the disaster or to accept your fate as the moon falls.
One of the final pieces I wanted to mention was from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess called Don’t Want You No More. A brilliant example of how well Zelda is characterized by its music, it’s a two minute orchestral piece that paints an auditory picture of what Twilight Princess is. The music guides you on an epic journey into the game’s atmosphere, its story and its world.
Now Nintendo already held a symphony tour last year to celebrate Zelda’s 25th Anniversary, but it seems the festivities are due to continue with this second symphony. All in all, I’m very glad that Nintendo decided to hold another symphony tour as I missed the last one.
In this video taken at E3 2011, Nintendo gave attendees a taste of The Legend of Zelda condensed into one beautifully orchestrated performance. A preview of what I know will be a fantastic concert:
What do you think? Will you make an effort to attend the symphony as it travels across the U.S.?