ReMix: Dragon Warrior IV "To Endor"
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It's been almost 11 years since our last ReMix of Dragon Warrior IV, and more than 7 years since our last arrangement from the entire franchise... where's the DW/DQ love, eh? Here to break the drought in style is newcomer Nate Tronerud, who offers a distinct & refreshing symphonic arrangement of the "March of the Capricious Princess":
"I attempted to orchestrate the original tune whilst avoiding Sugiyama's own choices from the symphonic suite. I decided to take a narrative approach to the arrangement, and so the track follows loosely the ups and downs of the story during this chapter.
Beginning lightly and distantly in the celesta, and at a slower tempo than the original, Alena escapes the confines of her home and makes her way out into a dangerous world. The music grows dynamically with the whole orchestra as she attempts to prove herself. Finally, the movement finishes with a short and quiet variation on her theme in the upper woodwinds that ends with an airy, open harmony, that signals the end of the chapter and a continuation of the story.
I used a MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM. The specific sample libraries utilized in this arrangement were CineBrass PRO, EastWest/Quantum Leap, and LA Scoring Strings in Logic Pro 9."
Very cool; narrative & also a little unusual in some of its instrumentation and part-writing, reminding me at times of Prokofiev. Chimpazilla writes:
"I'm really liking this adaptation of this source. It sounds magical and moody and Harry Potter-esque in the intro with the celesta, and when that piano begins at 0:28, I love the soft piano tone, it conveys sadness even while the writing is upbeat. The deep bassoon that follows drowns out the piano a little bit, but it is comically ominous. When the soundscape opens up at 1:07 it sounds wonderful."
"Props for actively distinguishing yourself from Sugiyama's Symphonic Suite version. When Nate says, "The music grows dynamically with the whole orchestra as she attempts to prove herself," you absolutely get that imagery from the way things shifted at 1:07 and continued to intensify all the way until 1:30 finally topped off the energy level and stayed there until 2:05. Short arrangement and melodically conservative, but it personalizes the source nicely and says a lot!"
Precisely; it's almost hard to believe this is only 2'25" long, as it has patience, restraint, and plenty of development & contrast. Great debut from Nate - I love that we're FINALLY seeing some more DW, and this particular source & arrangement digs deep and comes up with something short but very evocative and memorable. Definitely wanna hear more, both from Nate and from the series!
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