Posted 2019-10-21, evaluated by the judges panel

Newcomer Danilo Ciaffi opens the week with a dramatic, stirring symphonic take on "Midna's Lament," with live oboe from collaborator Medllix:

"This track has been an itch of mine for quite a while. It is very emotional and sweet, but also epic and moving. I aimed at a more cinematic vibe, still preserving the original mood. I wanted to keep all the flavors and it was an absolute pleasure to have Medllix performing oboe for it. Huge thanks to Medllix! Check her out at for more woodwind goodness! She gave the piece much more life I could have ever done on my own.

A lot of effort went in this arrangement. I was really afraid to take on this piece because so many people did it. I'm happy I could give something special to it. :) Hope you like it!"

Sir_NutS writes:

"Yep this is pretty dope. Short and sweet, with complex orchestration and solid, believable performances. MW noted this but the only section I felt the sequencing getting a bit exposed was around the second minute. But overall pretty good, enjoyable and overall original adaptation."

I dug the stage-forward, booming percussion, and Medllix's oboe livens the arrangement & elevates the sampled instrumentation surrounding it; good stuff. Judges were unanimous, but most decisions did have some specific criticisms; Chimpazilla adds:

"I love this theme so much (remixed it myself). This is a lovely, dynamic and interesting interpretation. The instruments are sequenced well enough, although everything feels just a tad dry and in some areas the track feels hot (possible overcompression or very close to it). Still, it is very nice."

Brass takes a backseat to strings here, and strings are somewhat secondary to woodwinds, although pizzicato bass is dominant. On top of that you've got piano w/ delay, harp, and a smattering of woodwinds, and everything blends well & conveys emotional/narrative development. Good stuff from Danilo & Medllix; beautiful theme from a beautiful soundtrack, and they've crafted a unique, emotive interpretation!



Latest 2 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2019-11-10 21:26:47

Exquisite. Forceful grandeur tempered by delicate passion, this piece conveys many forms of lamenting in its concise span. A lovely progression that leaves one emotionally exhausted. Very well done.

on 2019-10-18 10:20:27

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo, 2006, WII)
Music by Asuka Hayazaki, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi
"Midna's Lament"

Tags (11)

Classical, Symphonic
Epic, Suspenseful
Harp, Oboe, Orchestral, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds
Production > Live Instruments

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