Please enjoy my performance of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Triforce Chamber composed by Koji Kondo!
Let's identify and examine the compositional techniques Koji Kondo uses in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Triforce Chamber to successfully enhance the gameplay and visuals! Please refer to the following gameplay video http://www.youtube.com/embed/nZbhtKG60-k#t=5m51s and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Triforce Chamber sheet music! http://www.videogamepianist.com/sheetmusic/zelda_allt_triforcechamber.pdf
Koji Kondo composes "Triforce Chamber" to accompany the Triforce visuals. Link has just defeated Ganon and meets the Essence of the Triforce. Kondo uses through-composition when creating the opening arpeggio. The triforce pieces fly into the air with the arpeggio.
Next, Kondo alternates chords in root position to convey a sense of openness and peacefulness. Many centuries ago the use of the root and an open fifth elicited associations to pastoral settings. Kondo uses a similar technique. Perhaps due to the technological limitations, Kondo chose to use pastoral writing since a root and a fifth took up two voices. There would be one open voice remaining. Kondo uses a discant-like melody for the top voice.
The piece sounds similar to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Title Theme. In the Title Theme, there are F Major seventh and C Major seventh chords in alternation. An ocarina plays the melody. In a way, Kondo was ahead of his time when writing "Triforce Chamber." A peaceful music enhances the setting where the player is relieved at defeating Ganon, and Link is about restore peace and good to the land.
These are some compositional technique Kondo-san uses to the enhance the gameplay and visuals.
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