This month I've really been digging into orchestral renditions of video game music as well as anime film scores. I've got three really nice pieces I'd like to share with you this month. Let's begin.
1. "Summer" By Joe Hisaishi
Mr. Hisaishi employs lots of very nice orchestral textures in this piece. I found the second repetition of the melody in pizzicato strings to be very interesting and new to my ear in terms of colour. The main melody of the piece is also both catchy, engaging and beautiful. The repeated melody notes really helps to drive out the specific harmonies underneath, and give a holding back kinda feeling. Which I really personally enjoy.
2. "Wind Waker Symphonic Movement" by Koji Kondo
The amount of really awesome and awe inspiring moments in this piece are numerous. I found the arrangement of lots of different Zelda melodies to work really well in this context. Here are my favorite moments.
1. The bassoon solo
2. During the second climax, there is a wonderful Trumpet melody interspersed with French Horn filigree
3. The whole aggressive battle-like sequence
The piece speaks for itself in my opinion.
3. "Sword of Destiny" by Marcin Przybyłowicz and Percival Schuttenbach
This is a piece featured in "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt". The dark post production elements along with self made instruments creates a very unique and enjoyable sound. Not much else to say, but I really enjoy the entire score to the game.
That's it for this month! Let me know what you think about this in the comments below. I look forward to posting next month! Take care!
Matthew Harnage is a professional music composer, and arranger who works out of Raleigh, North Carolina.