When I first booted up my copy of Ocarina of Time in December of 1998, I was completely transfixed by the opening cutscene. The graphics were miles ahead of Super Mario 64 and the world looked amazing in a way that my 7-year-old brain couldn’t comprehend. The world seemed vast and so full of potential, and it was like nothing I’d ever seen. However, there was a second reason I couldn’t stop watching that cutscene: I was enraptured by the absolutely beautiful title screen music.
For many years now, the piano has been my favorite instrument. The wide range of options you have with a piano feels nearly limitless. I’ve spent many an hour listening to piano music, from classic pieces by Chopin to video game covers and remixes. As you might imagine, Breath of the Wild having a piano used in almost every track was an especially wonderful treat to my ears and I enjoyed every minute of it.
A good friend of mine found that I loved piano music and introduced me to the musician who goes by the online name of TPR. TPR has a wide range of music he’s covered and written, and all of it is beautiful and masterfully played on the piano. Though I recommend all of it, I want to give an especially close look to — you guessed it — “Title Theme” from Ocarina of Time. The song itself already has some minor piano in it as is, but TPR covers this song fully with the piano and strings in the background like in the original. The feeling evoked from the song itself is just as somber and melancholic as the original. Though very short, it doesn’t overstay its welcome and has a lot of power despite its length — Which makes a lot of sense since the theme itself isn’t all that long either.
When I do any sort of activity such as write, daydream, or anything else, I often do so with piano music in the background. The piano lets me wander in many different worlds or ideas, and I often get some of my best inspiration from just listening to this kind of music. Even now as I write this I’m listening to piano music, trying not to tap on the keyboard as I might a piano. All of this started at a young age thanks in large part to Ocarina of Time and to see other musicians cover this very song and see the same beauty in the song that I do is heartwarming. All I can do when I listen to this song is smile, and for me, that’s more than enough.