Zelda may be fun, but it certainly has its darker moments. Link is constantly ripped away from those he loves. Saying goodbye to Saria, seeing his baby sister get kidnapped, and pretty much the entirety of Majora’s Mask is terribly heartbreaking, but the tragedy is what drives the story and compels Link to begin his adventure. This week’s Music Monday recognizes the gloomier side of Zelda.
A Link to the Past is one of my favorite games of all time, and the soundtrack is just as amazing as the game. The theme of Death Mountain is one of the most powerful pieces in the game, and conveys a sense of isolation and dread. This orchestral remix of the Death Mountain theme by the psynergist captures all the feelings that the original piece does, and more. The bombastic strings and thudding rhythm evoke an oppressive feeling, and illustrates Link’s situation clearly: he’s all alone in the brutal Dark World.
Imagine being only 16 and getting shot and kidnapped along with the little boy you’ve been caring for, but when you finally make it to safety, you have no idea who you are or where you’re from. That is the story of Ilia from Twilight Princess. Before those tragic events, she lived happily in Ordon Village as the Mayor’s daughter. Her theme music is simple, yet beautiful. Isac Saleh plays a gorgeous arrangement of Ilia’s song on classical guitar. It’s so peaceful; just like her days in the village before tragedy hit.